McDATA Director of Strategic Marketing to Speak at Merrill Lynch Conference

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from McDATA Corporation

    BROOMFIELD, Colo., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Peter Dougherty, Director of
 Strategic Marketing of McDATA(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: MCDT; MCDTA), a global
 leader in open storage networking solutions, will present at Merrill Lynch's
 Hardware Technology Conference on Wednesday, May 2 at 4:30 p.m. EDT.  The
 conference is May 2-4, 2001 at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City.
     Dougherty will discuss the SAN market growth and the growth strategies for
 McDATA in addition to the future of the storage networking business.
     The audio portion of the presentation can be accessed at
 http://events.mlresearchmedia.com/ml/hardwareheaven.
 
     About Peter Dougherty
     Peter Dougherty is responsible for identifying, defining and planning
 product tactics and strategies for McDATA.  He previously served as director
 of product management.  Prior to joining the company, Dougherty held a variety
 of management, marketing and engineering positions with Western Digital's I/O
 product group and Unisys Corporation.
 
     About McDATA (www.mcdata.com)
     McDATA (Nasdaq: MCDT/MCDTA) is a global leader in open storage networking
 solutions.  Recognized for its highly available, scalable and centrally
 managed SANs, McDATA's family of solutions represent the backbone of the SAN
 industry and address enterprise-storage problems.  The company's
 enterprise-to-edge SAN solutions improve the reliability and availability of
 data to simplify SAN management and reduce the total cost of ownership.
 Committed to the highest level of service in the industry, McDATA extensively
 pre-tests SAN solutions to provide IT organizations with the comprehensive
 tools, methodologies and support essential to robust and timely SAN
 implementations.  McDATA distributes its products through its OEMs, network of
 resellers and Elite Solution Partners. McDATA is a registered trademark.  The
 McDATA logo and McDATA tagline are trademarks of McDATA Corporation.
 
     Forward-Looking Statements
     This press release contains statements about expected future events that
 are forward-looking and subject to risks and uncertainties.  For these
 statements, we claim the safe harbor for "forward-looking statements" within
 the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Factors
 that could cause actual results to differ and vary materially from
 expectations include, but are not limited to, our relationship with EMC
 Corporation and IBM and the level of their orders, the economic slowdown
 experienced in late 2000 and early 2001 that may continue and delay purchasing
 decisions by customers, additional manufacturing costs that we may continue to
 experience as we continue the transition to new products, our ability to
 secure additional chassis supply sources for our mid- and low-end products and
 the financial strength of our current chassis supplier for such products, the
 transition to the contract manufacturer of our director products as contract
 manufacturer for our mid- to low-end products, significant growth in sales of
 our products through system integrator sales channels, a loss of any of our
 key customers, distributors, resellers or our manufacturer, our ability to
 expand our product offerings and any transition to new products, component
 quality and availability, the development of the storage area network and
 switch markets, any change in business conditions, changes in our sales
 strategy and product development plans, competition in the storage area
 network and switch markets, competitive pricing pressures, continued market
 acceptance of our products, name recognition of our products, delays in the
 development of new technology, changes in customer buying patterns issues,
 one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time
 to time in our filings at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  These
 cautionary statements by us should not be construed as exhaustive or as any
 admission regarding the adequacy of disclosures made by us.  We cannot always
 predict or determine after the fact what factors would cause actual results to
 differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements or
 other statements.  In addition, readers are urged to consider statements that
 include the terms "believes", "belief", "expects", "plans", "objectives",
 "anticipates", "intends", "targets", or the like to be uncertain and
 forward-looking.  All cautionary statements should be read as being applicable
 to all forward-looking statements wherever they appear.  We do not undertake
 any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements,
 whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
 
     McDATA and the McDATA logo are registered trademarks of McDATA
 Corporation.  All other trademarks and product names are the property of their
 respective owners.
 
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SOURCE McDATA Corporation
    BROOMFIELD, Colo., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Peter Dougherty, Director of
 Strategic Marketing of McDATA(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: MCDT; MCDTA), a global
 leader in open storage networking solutions, will present at Merrill Lynch's
 Hardware Technology Conference on Wednesday, May 2 at 4:30 p.m. EDT.  The
 conference is May 2-4, 2001 at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City.
     Dougherty will discuss the SAN market growth and the growth strategies for
 McDATA in addition to the future of the storage networking business.
     The audio portion of the presentation can be accessed at
 http://events.mlresearchmedia.com/ml/hardwareheaven.
 
     About Peter Dougherty
     Peter Dougherty is responsible for identifying, defining and planning
 product tactics and strategies for McDATA.  He previously served as director
 of product management.  Prior to joining the company, Dougherty held a variety
 of management, marketing and engineering positions with Western Digital's I/O
 product group and Unisys Corporation.
 
     About McDATA (www.mcdata.com)
     McDATA (Nasdaq: MCDT/MCDTA) is a global leader in open storage networking
 solutions.  Recognized for its highly available, scalable and centrally
 managed SANs, McDATA's family of solutions represent the backbone of the SAN
 industry and address enterprise-storage problems.  The company's
 enterprise-to-edge SAN solutions improve the reliability and availability of
 data to simplify SAN management and reduce the total cost of ownership.
 Committed to the highest level of service in the industry, McDATA extensively
 pre-tests SAN solutions to provide IT organizations with the comprehensive
 tools, methodologies and support essential to robust and timely SAN
 implementations.  McDATA distributes its products through its OEMs, network of
 resellers and Elite Solution Partners. McDATA is a registered trademark.  The
 McDATA logo and McDATA tagline are trademarks of McDATA Corporation.
 
     Forward-Looking Statements
     This press release contains statements about expected future events that
 are forward-looking and subject to risks and uncertainties.  For these
 statements, we claim the safe harbor for "forward-looking statements" within
 the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Factors
 that could cause actual results to differ and vary materially from
 expectations include, but are not limited to, our relationship with EMC
 Corporation and IBM and the level of their orders, the economic slowdown
 experienced in late 2000 and early 2001 that may continue and delay purchasing
 decisions by customers, additional manufacturing costs that we may continue to
 experience as we continue the transition to new products, our ability to
 secure additional chassis supply sources for our mid- and low-end products and
 the financial strength of our current chassis supplier for such products, the
 transition to the contract manufacturer of our director products as contract
 manufacturer for our mid- to low-end products, significant growth in sales of
 our products through system integrator sales channels, a loss of any of our
 key customers, distributors, resellers or our manufacturer, our ability to
 expand our product offerings and any transition to new products, component
 quality and availability, the development of the storage area network and
 switch markets, any change in business conditions, changes in our sales
 strategy and product development plans, competition in the storage area
 network and switch markets, competitive pricing pressures, continued market
 acceptance of our products, name recognition of our products, delays in the
 development of new technology, changes in customer buying patterns issues,
 one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time
 to time in our filings at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  These
 cautionary statements by us should not be construed as exhaustive or as any
 admission regarding the adequacy of disclosures made by us.  We cannot always
 predict or determine after the fact what factors would cause actual results to
 differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements or
 other statements.  In addition, readers are urged to consider statements that
 include the terms "believes", "belief", "expects", "plans", "objectives",
 "anticipates", "intends", "targets", or the like to be uncertain and
 forward-looking.  All cautionary statements should be read as being applicable
 to all forward-looking statements wherever they appear.  We do not undertake
 any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements,
 whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
 
     McDATA and the McDATA logo are registered trademarks of McDATA
 Corporation.  All other trademarks and product names are the property of their
 respective owners.
 
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