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Fibre Channel Standards Committee Accepts BROCADE Proposal for Fibre Channel Switch Interoperability.

BROCADE Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) Routing Protocol Selected to Become

Standard for Multi-Vendor Switch Interoperability

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 21 /PRNewswire/ --

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (BROCADE(R)) (Nasdaq: BRCD), the leading supplier of Fibre Channel fabric solutions for Storage Area Networking, announced today that its Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) routing protocol has been accepted by the Technical Committee T11 of the National Committee for Information Technology Standards (NCITS), for approval as an industry standard by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the nation's primary Fibre Channel standards body. FSPF -- proposed to T11 by BROCADE earlier this year -- specifies a common method for routing and moving data among Fibre Channel switches, which provide a networking foundation for storage area networks (SANs).

"The acceptance of FSPF by the T11 technical committee is another milestone in our continued efforts to further Fibre Channel standards development and facilitate end to end interoperability for storage area networks," said Jack Cuthbert, BROCADE vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "We are pleased that the nation's principal Fibre Channel standards body has once again adopted BROCADE's technology as the standard for the industry. By offering the FSPF routing protocol as the universal standard, we are demonstrating our commitment to providing customers with the highest level of functionality and multi-vendor interoperability. Today, more than 90 percent of the installed base of fabric switches is FSPF-compliant."

Once ratified by ANSI, the FSPF protocol will be available for implementation by all vendors and will enable any FSPF-compliant switch to interoperate with other FSPF-compliant switches, regardless of manufacturer. The entire BROCADE SilkWorm(R) Fibre Channel switch product family and the complete installed customer base of BROCADE switches is FSPF-compliant today.

BROCADE has made significant investments in SAN standards development since the company was founded in 1995 and has made numerous technology and research contributions to standards groups such as ANSI and the IETF. The BROCADE standards contributions have spanned all areas of SAN technology, from data movement and device interoperability to methods for SAN component discovery and management. Kumar Malavalli, BROCADE co-founder and vice president of technology, serves concurrently on three standards boards. Malavalli chairs the NCITS T11 committee; is a member of the board of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), a not-for-profit, storage networking standards organization; and is a member of the board of the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA), which promotes Fibre Channel technologies and related products.

About Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

BROCADE is the leading supplier of open Fibre Channel fabric solutions that provide the intelligent backbone for Storage Area Networks (SANs). 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, CNT, Compaq Computer, Data General, Dell Computer, EMC Corporation, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Groupe Bull, HP, IBM, Intergraph Computer Systems, NCR, NEC, Network Appliance, SGI, StorageTek and Unisys. In addition, BROCADE counts industry leaders Computer Associates, Emulex, Highground Systems, Hitachi Data Systems Inc., JNI Corporation, Legato, LSI Logic, ONI Systems, StorageNetworks, Tivoli Systems and VERITAS among its strategic partners. For more information, visit the BROCADE website at or contact the company at

NOTE: BROCADE, SilkWorm, SilkWorm Express, Fabric Integrator, Fabric OS, Fabric Weaver, and QuickLoop are trademarks or registered trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems Incorporated, 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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