Brocade to Demonstrate Power Efficiency Advantage at Storage Decisions Conference


CHICAGO, Storage Decisions, May 15 / - Brocade®, the leader in networked storage solutions that help enterprises connect and manage their information, today announced that it will host a comparative power efficiency demonstration this week during Storage Decisions, measuring the Brocade 48000 Director against the Cisco MDS 9513 in a side-by-side operational comparison. Based on identical tests performed in a similar environment, the Storage Decisions demonstration will solidify the position of the Brocade 48000 as the industry-leading director in terms of power and cooling efficiency, which contributes to lower operational costs in enterprise data centers.

Rising energy costs make power efficiency in the data center a critical consideration for server, storage, and networking equipment deployments. Faced with increasing maintenance and operational costs, data center managers now must plan for more efficient and scalable data center IT environments. Additionally, they increasingly must account for environmental concerns, such as rising carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which have led organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin developing standards for data center power consumption.

During the Storage Decisions demonstration, both the Brocade 48000 and the Cisco MDS 9513 will be similarly configured for a direct comparison. In recent independent comparisons between the two directors, it was determined that the Brocade director was 2 to 3 times more efficient than alternative products. The 2 to 3 times advantage of the Brocade 48000 provides customers with significant direct cost savings for data center operations, enables continued growth with available data center resources, and helps reduce carbon footprint and environmental impact.

The Storage Decisions demonstration is further supported by the release today of a Lab Validation Report from analyst firm The Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). In March 2007, ESG Lab performed a hands-on evaluation and testing of Brocade 48000 power efficiency and Brocade Virtual Fabrics. The tests revealed that consolidated Brocade 48000 Directors provide significant savings in terms of power and cooling costs compared to the use of physically isolated and under-utilized directors. ESG also determined that "the power savings that can be realized with a Brocade 48000 are magnified when used as a consolidation platform with Virtual Fabrics."

"Our Brocade SAN solution, which includes our use of Brocade 48000 directors, has provided a reliable way for us to maintain a quality level of service for our customers," said Chad Smykay, storage engineer, Rackspace Managed Hosting, a leading global provider of Web hosting services. "Since the implementation, we have witnessed a 50 percent decrease in total power consumption, which has significantly reduced the operations and maintenance costs of our data centers. Knowing that we are doing out part to contribute to the Green movement and a healthier environment is a significant bonus."

"Brocade is dedicated to providing solutions that help in the 'greening' of the data center," said Tom Buiocchi, Brocade Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. "The importance of power and cooling efficiency cannot be underestimated in data center environments that continue to grow due to increasing amounts of stored data. We designed the Brocade 48000 Director - the most power-efficient SAN director in the industry - with those factors in mind, knowing that the green data center would be the data center of the future."

The Brocade versus Cisco power demonstration will take place this week at the Storage Decisions Conference being held May 15 to 19, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in the exhibit hall, Brocade booth #509. To access the ESG Lab Validation Report, please visit www.brocade.com/competitive.

About Brocade

Brocade is the leading provider of networked storage solutions that help organizations connect, share, and manage their information. Organizations that use Brocade products and services are better able to optimize their IT infrastructures and ensure compliant data management. For more information, visit the Brocade Web site at www.brocade.com or contact the company at info@brocade.com.

Source: Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

CONTACT: media, Michelle Leach, +1-408-705-8237, or mleach@brocade.com

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