Brocade Expands Its Global Presence in Asia Pacific

SAN Infrastructure Provider Brings its Industry-Leading Solutions to an

Expanding Market



Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Brocade Communications Systems,
 Inc. (Brocade(R)) (Nasdaq: BRCD), the world's leading provider of storage area
 networking infrastructure, today announced it has expanded its worldwide
 operations in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.  Brocade now has six locations
 in the region, including operations in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore,
 Sydney, and Tokyo.
     Brocade believes that the APAC region could be one of the fastest growing
 regions for storage area networks (SANs) in the next few years and is
 aggressively expanding its APAC presence to support and promote this growth.
 Spearheaded by newly appointed vice president for Asia Pacific, James LaLonde,
 Brocade has significantly expanded its staff in the region and opened new
 operations in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Seoul in just three months.  The Company
 expects to continue increasing its APAC operations in order to support Brocade
 channel partners in the region.
     "Brocade products have been sold in Asia Pacific for several years through
 our strong OEM and channel partners.  Foreseeing the tremendous market
 opportunities in the region, we are now expanding our APAC presence to further
 support our partners and their customers," said LaLonde.  "By expanding our
 operations in the APAC region, Brocade will be able to offer even greater
 support to our customers and partners and will help the entire region grow its
 IT infrastructure by providing companies with an intelligent, manageable,
 scalable, and secure networking foundation for their storage environments."
 
     The Information Explosion
     The growth of email, the Internet, e-business, and other data-intensive
 technologies over the past few years has been fueling data creation at an
 exponential rate.  The UC Berkeley School of Information Management and
 Systems reports that 1.5 billion gigabytes of original information was created
 worldwide in 1999 -- equivalent to 250 megabytes for every man, woman, and
 child in the world -- and expects this figure to double every year for the
 foreseeable future.
     "The world's information overload is causing a severe slowdown in the
 performance of computer networks, resulting in an increased focus on the
 optimization of data storage and management," added LaLonde.  "Storage area
 networks have subsequently emerged as a strategic corporate asset, allowing
 companies to transfer greater amounts of information at faster rates, speed up
 the back up process, and more efficiently provide for disaster tolerance."
     According to Gartner Group, the cost of managing enterprise storage
 environments could quadruple over the next four years, due in part to the
 increasing cost of data management, which Gartner estimates is five to seven
 times greater than the cost of the acquisition of the storage on which the
 data resides.  This forecast reflects the strong market demand for cost-
 effective and efficient storage environments.
 
     Growth of the SAN Market
     International Data Corporation reported that the total capacity of storage
 shipments in Asia Pacific in 2000 exceeded the sum of the capacity shipped in
 all previous years.  IDC also projected that the compound annual growth rate
 of APAC storage shipments over the next five years will be nearly 80 percent,
 with storage shipments almost doubling every year for the next few years.
     With the worldwide market for external storage estimated to reach nearly
 US$50 billion by 2004, nearly 80 percent of the world's storage will be based
 on a SAN by 2004, according to Dataquest.  Brocade believes that the APAC
 region, with its tremendous growth potential, will be a key driver of the
 worldwide increase in SAN deployments.
 
     James LaLonde, Vice President, Asia Pacific Sales
     As vice president of Asia Pacific, LaLonde is responsible for managing
 Brocade Asia Pacific operations and the Tokyo, Sydney, Hong Kong, and
 Singapore operations.  Fluent in Japanese, with over eleven years in the Asia
 Pacific region in various senior management roles, LaLonde is tasked with
 driving the rapid growth and expansion of Brocade in the APAC region.
     LaLonde comes to Brocade from Network Associates, Inc., where he was
 managing director of Asia Pacific Sales and Operations.  As managing director,
 he was in charge of P&L and increased the company's revenue by more than 30%
 every quarter.  He built the Asia Pacific presence from virtually
 insignificant to a substantial foundation of ten countries and 19 offices with
 over 320 employees and revenues of $140 million plus in less than 4 years on
 the job.  Prior to Network Associates, LaLonde held several senior positions
 with Microsoft Corporation.
     James LaLonde holds a BA in Economics with a minor in International
 Business from the University of Texas.  He has published several works
 including two in Japanese.
 
     About Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
     Brocade is the leading provider of Storage Area Networking infrastructure.
 The Brocade SilkWorm(R) family of Fibre Channel switches and software is
 designed to optimize data availability in the storage enterprise.  Using
 Brocade solutions, companies can simplify the implementation of storage area
 networks, reduce the total cost of ownership of data storage environments, and
 improve network and application efficiency and performance.
     Brocade is committed to maintaining open, standards-based solutions.
 Leading systems, applications, and storage vendors have selected Brocade to
 provide a networking foundation for their SAN solutions, including Amdahl,
 ATL, CNT, Compaq Computer, Dell Computer, Dot Hill Systems, EMC Corporation,
 Fujitsu, Ltd., Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Groupe Bull, HP, IBM, Intergraph
 Computer Systems, MTI Technology Corp., NCR, NEC, Network Appliance, SGI,
 StorageTek, Sun Microsystems, Unisys, and XIOtech Corporation. In addition,
 Brocade counts industry leaders ADVA Optical Networking, BMC Software, Cisco
 Systems, Computer Associates, Emulex, HighGround Systems, Hitachi Data
 Systems, Inc., JNI Corporation, Legato, LSI Logic, ONI Systems,
 StorageNetworks, Tivoli Systems, and VERITAS Software among its strategic
 partners.  For more information, visit the Brocade website at www.brocade.com
 or contact the company at info@brocade.com.
     NOTE:  Brocade, SilkWorm, SilkWorm Express, Extended Fabrics, Fabric
 Aware, Fabric Integrator, Fabric OS, Fabric Threads, Fabric Watch, Fabric
 Weaver, and QuickLoop are trademarks or registered trademarks of Brocade
 Communications Systems Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries.
 All other brands, products, or service names are or may be trademarks or
 service marks of, and are used to identify, products or services of their
 respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Brocade Communications Systems,
 Inc. (Brocade(R)) (Nasdaq: BRCD), the world's leading provider of storage area
 networking infrastructure, today announced it has expanded its worldwide
 operations in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.  Brocade now has six locations
 in the region, including operations in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore,
 Sydney, and Tokyo.
     Brocade believes that the APAC region could be one of the fastest growing
 regions for storage area networks (SANs) in the next few years and is
 aggressively expanding its APAC presence to support and promote this growth.
 Spearheaded by newly appointed vice president for Asia Pacific, James LaLonde,
 Brocade has significantly expanded its staff in the region and opened new
 operations in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Seoul in just three months.  The Company
 expects to continue increasing its APAC operations in order to support Brocade
 channel partners in the region.
     "Brocade products have been sold in Asia Pacific for several years through
 our strong OEM and channel partners.  Foreseeing the tremendous market
 opportunities in the region, we are now expanding our APAC presence to further
 support our partners and their customers," said LaLonde.  "By expanding our
 operations in the APAC region, Brocade will be able to offer even greater
 support to our customers and partners and will help the entire region grow its
 IT infrastructure by providing companies with an intelligent, manageable,
 scalable, and secure networking foundation for their storage environments."
 
     The Information Explosion
     The growth of email, the Internet, e-business, and other data-intensive
 technologies over the past few years has been fueling data creation at an
 exponential rate.  The UC Berkeley School of Information Management and
 Systems reports that 1.5 billion gigabytes of original information was created
 worldwide in 1999 -- equivalent to 250 megabytes for every man, woman, and
 child in the world -- and expects this figure to double every year for the
 foreseeable future.
     "The world's information overload is causing a severe slowdown in the
 performance of computer networks, resulting in an increased focus on the
 optimization of data storage and management," added LaLonde.  "Storage area
 networks have subsequently emerged as a strategic corporate asset, allowing
 companies to transfer greater amounts of information at faster rates, speed up
 the back up process, and more efficiently provide for disaster tolerance."
     According to Gartner Group, the cost of managing enterprise storage
 environments could quadruple over the next four years, due in part to the
 increasing cost of data management, which Gartner estimates is five to seven
 times greater than the cost of the acquisition of the storage on which the
 data resides.  This forecast reflects the strong market demand for cost-
 effective and efficient storage environments.
 
     Growth of the SAN Market
     International Data Corporation reported that the total capacity of storage
 shipments in Asia Pacific in 2000 exceeded the sum of the capacity shipped in
 all previous years.  IDC also projected that the compound annual growth rate
 of APAC storage shipments over the next five years will be nearly 80 percent,
 with storage shipments almost doubling every year for the next few years.
     With the worldwide market for external storage estimated to reach nearly
 US$50 billion by 2004, nearly 80 percent of the world's storage will be based
 on a SAN by 2004, according to Dataquest.  Brocade believes that the APAC
 region, with its tremendous growth potential, will be a key driver of the
 worldwide increase in SAN deployments.
 
     James LaLonde, Vice President, Asia Pacific Sales
     As vice president of Asia Pacific, LaLonde is responsible for managing
 Brocade Asia Pacific operations and the Tokyo, Sydney, Hong Kong, and
 Singapore operations.  Fluent in Japanese, with over eleven years in the Asia
 Pacific region in various senior management roles, LaLonde is tasked with
 driving the rapid growth and expansion of Brocade in the APAC region.
     LaLonde comes to Brocade from Network Associates, Inc., where he was
 managing director of Asia Pacific Sales and Operations.  As managing director,
 he was in charge of P&L and increased the company's revenue by more than 30%
 every quarter.  He built the Asia Pacific presence from virtually
 insignificant to a substantial foundation of ten countries and 19 offices with
 over 320 employees and revenues of $140 million plus in less than 4 years on
 the job.  Prior to Network Associates, LaLonde held several senior positions
 with Microsoft Corporation.
     James LaLonde holds a BA in Economics with a minor in International
 Business from the University of Texas.  He has published several works
 including two in Japanese.
 
     About Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
     Brocade is the leading provider of Storage Area Networking infrastructure.
 The Brocade SilkWorm(R) family of Fibre Channel switches and software is
 designed to optimize data availability in the storage enterprise.  Using
 Brocade solutions, companies can simplify the implementation of storage area
 networks, reduce the total cost of ownership of data storage environments, and
 improve network and application efficiency and performance.
     Brocade is committed to maintaining open, standards-based solutions.
 Leading systems, applications, and storage vendors have selected Brocade to
 provide a networking foundation for their SAN solutions, including Amdahl,
 ATL, CNT, Compaq Computer, Dell Computer, Dot Hill Systems, EMC Corporation,
 Fujitsu, Ltd., Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Groupe Bull, HP, IBM, Intergraph
 Computer Systems, MTI Technology Corp., NCR, NEC, Network Appliance, SGI,
 StorageTek, Sun Microsystems, Unisys, and XIOtech Corporation. In addition,
 Brocade counts industry leaders ADVA Optical Networking, BMC Software, Cisco
 Systems, Computer Associates, Emulex, HighGround Systems, Hitachi Data
 Systems, Inc., JNI Corporation, Legato, LSI Logic, ONI Systems,
 StorageNetworks, Tivoli Systems, and VERITAS Software among its strategic
 partners.  For more information, visit the Brocade website at www.brocade.com
 or contact the company at info@brocade.com.
     NOTE:  Brocade, SilkWorm, SilkWorm Express, Extended Fabrics, Fabric
 Aware, Fabric Integrator, Fabric OS, Fabric Threads, Fabric Watch, Fabric
 Weaver, and QuickLoop are trademarks or registered trademarks of Brocade
 Communications Systems Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries.
 All other brands, products, or service names are or may be trademarks or
 service marks of, and are used to identify, products or services of their
 respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.