Gateway extends storage network connectivity.

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Designed for storage consolidation and iSCSI links to enterprise SANs, iSCSI Gateway enables organizations to extend backup, data replication, security, and storage asset utilization across range of servers and applications. With 2 Gigabit Ethernet and 2 Fibre Channel ports, unit supports up to 100 servers, allowing simultaneous storage access to attached hosts, and can also be used for direct attachment of iSCSI servers to midrange and high-performance storage arrays.



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Brocade Extends Storage Network Connectivity, Introduces Cost-Effective, High-Performance iSCSI Gateway



Entry-Level Servers Now Connect Quickly, Cost-Effectively to Storage Area Networks (SANs)

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 6 / -- Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (Brocade(R)) (NASDAQ:BRCD), today introduced the Brocade iSCSI Gateway, a feature-rich solution specifically designed for cost-effective storage consolidation and high-performance iSCSI links to enterprise Storage Area Networks (SANs). Designed to connect entry-level servers to shared storage networks, the Brocade iSCSI Gateway enables organizations to quickly and cost-effectively extend the benefits of enterprise SANs -- including improved backup, data replication, security, and storage asset utilization -- across a wider range of servers and applications.

The Brocade iSCSI Gateway addresses two concurrent trends in enterprise information systems. Enterprise SANs based on Fibre Channel standards have rapidly expanded to support mission-critical data storage and business applications in data centers. At the same time, many organizations need access to this shared storage across all server architectures and applications. By expanding SAN access via cost-effective iSCSI links to entry-level, IP-based servers, storage can be more efficiently managed, backed up and secured -- enabling storage management best practices.

With two Gigabit Ethernet and two Fibre Channel ports, the Brocade iSCSI Gateway serves as a bridge between high-performance SANs and IP-attached servers. A single unit can scale to support up to 100 servers, allowing simultaneous storage access to both attached hosts, and can also be used for direct attachment of iSCSI servers to midrange and high-performance storage arrays. The gateway is designed specifically for fast and easy connections to the SAN and host devices. Additionally, the Brocade iSCSI Gateway is the only solution of its kind designed to support an affordable high-availability connection to a SAN using a two-device cluster configuration.

"Extending the benefits of SAN technology from the corporate data center to departments and remote sites has been a challenge for IT managers," said Brian Garrett, an industry analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. "Brocade's new iSCSI connectivity solution meets that challenge head-on, providing organizations with the right tool to quickly and cost-effectively provide access to shared storage for remotely connected servers located throughput the enterprise."

The Brocade iSCSI Gateway is a 1U height device that is easily clustered to provide redundant, high-availability connectivity supporting Brocade Fabric OS(R), which is standard across all Brocade platforms. Native iSCSI drivers supported include Windows, Linux, AIX, HP-UX, Novell Netware, and Solaris.

The Brocade iSCSI Gateway is immediately available to Brocade OEM and Channel Partners.

"For over a decade, IT professionals have trusted mission-critical data to Brocade storage network infrastructure," said Tom Buiocchi, Brocade Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Support. "Now, we are expanding our portfolio in response to the requirement for extended consolidation and manageability across all classes of servers and applications."

About Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Brocade delivers the industry's leading platforms, solutions, and services for intelligently connecting, managing, and optimizing IT resources in shared storage environments. The world's premier systems, server, and storage providers offer the Brocade SilkWorm family of Storage Area Network (SAN) connectivity platforms as the foundation for shared storage in organizations of all sizes. In addition, the Brocade Tapestry family of IT infrastructure solutions extends the ability to proactively manage and optimize application and information resources across the enterprise. Using Brocade solutions, organizations are better positioned to reduce cost, manage complexity, and satisfy business compliance requirements through optimized use and management of their IT resources. For more information, visit the Brocade Web site at www.brocade.com or contact the company at info@brocade.com.

NOTE: Brocade, the Brocade B weave logo, Fabric OS, Secure Fabric OS, and SilkWorm are registered trademarks and Tapestry is a trademark of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries. FICON is a registered trademark of IBM Corporation 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.

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