NetApp Teams With Brocade to Strengthen Data Center Offering

Sunnyvale, Calif. - February 27, 2008 -- NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced an extension to its existing relationship with Brocade® (NASDAQ: BRCD) that will strengthen the NetApp® storage and data management offering and further enable customers to enhance their data centers. As a result of this relationship, NetApp will OEM the Brocade DCX™ Backbone as part of its data center portfolio.

The Brocade DCX Backbone is the first in a new class of high-performance data center networking products designed to address the demanding requirements of evolving data centers. The Brocade DCX Backbone plays a key role in delivering a data center fabric (DCF) architecture that enables customers to enhance their data center infrastructures for maximum performance, flexibility, and investment protection. In addition, it supports important industry trends such as server virtualization and reducing power consumption. As a result, the Brocade DCX Backbone is an ideal complement to NetApp's industry-leading unified storage platforms, including the FAS3000 series and FAS6000 series, providing customers with the ability to achieve increased service levels; higher asset utilization; and greater data center power, space, and cooling efficiencies.

"Brocade and NetApp are aligned in our commitment to helping data center managers succeed with the next generation of networked storage solutions by providing comprehensive and flexible deployment options," said Ian Whiting, vice president and general manager of the Brocade Data Center Infrastructure division. "With the Brocade DCX, this strategy includes a future path to improved Fibre Channel or Ethernet interoperability and consolidation. The advanced and unified capabilities of NetApp storage solutions coupled with the Brocade DCX provide customers with industry-leading interoperability and investment protection."

"The Brocade DCX Backbone is a great match for NetApp's unified storage platform," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing for NetApp. "With our enterprise customers placing so much emphasis on rationalizing and virtualizing their data center infrastructure, the combination of the DCX Backbone with our FAS systems will be instrumental in helping them realize their objectives. Furthermore, our ongoing relationship with Brocade continues to enhance our SAN interoperability and data center storage portfolio."

Playing an integral role in the evolution of the data center, the Brocade DCX Backbone is more scalable than traditional SAN directors, accommodating more virtualized applications to streamline IT processes. With the industry's highest density footprint, the Brocade DCX Backbone requires only half the power of competitive offerings to deliver five times the bandwidth, dramatically reducing energy costs. The Brocade DCX Backbone also provides an adaptive platform for ensuring quality of service (QoS) to virtualized applications and data in server, networking, and storage complexes.

In addition, the Brocade DCX Backbone better enables NetApp customers to consolidate their data management and storage environments into logical, multiprotocol infrastructures for both Fibre Channel and Ethernet SANs and supports existing and emerging protocols. Furthermore, it enables interoperability between Brocade, Brocade M-Series, and other vendor fabrics to help maximize ROI.

The Brocade DCX Backbone is immediately available globally from NetApp and NetApp authorized channel partners.

About Brocade
Brocade is a leading provider of data center networking solutions that help organizations connect, share, and manage their information in the most efficient manner. 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 or contact the company at

About NetApp
NetApp is a leading provider of innovative data management solutions that simplify the complexity of storing, managing, protecting, and retaining enterprise data. Market leaders around the world choose NetApp to help them reduce cost, minimize risk, and adapt to change. For solutions that deliver unmatched simplicity and value, visit us on the Web at

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