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NetApp and Brocade Expand Relationship, Unveil New FCoE Product Offerings

  • 12 August, 2009 10:20

<p>NetApp Becomes First Vendor to Resell New FCoE Blade for Brocade DCX Backbone</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia – 12 August, 2009 – NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) and Brocade® (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced three new Brocade products as part of NetApp’s next-generation Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) product offerings. The new Brocade switch, blade, and converged network adapters (CNAs) continue NetApp’s leadership in FCoE and add to NetApp’s ability to provide customers with flexible, simple, and efficient unified storage.</p>
<p>The new Brocade FCoE products allow customers to bridge their Ethernet and Fibre Channel (FC) networks by offering both 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) and 8Gb FC ports within the same platform, as either a top-of-rack switch or a blade in the Brocade DCX or DCX-4S backbone. At the server level, the Brocade CNAs help customers consolidate their Ethernet and FC cabling by supporting both protocols on the same port. In addition to NetApp’s expanded partnership with Brocade, NetApp also unveiled a new next-generation unified target adapter for its storage systems, switches, and converged network adapters. These solutions allow customers to simplify their IT infrastructure at the server edge while leveraging their existing investments in FC architecture. For more information on NetApp’s new FCoE product offerings announced today, visit:</p>
<p>“Brocade and NetApp have long shared a goal of helping our mutual customers drive out costs through consolidation, and this offering is the latest example of our collaborative efforts,” said Marc Randall, senior vice president, Products and Offerings division at Brocade. “Today’s announcement extends our commitment to a customer-driven approach to providing solutions that support emerging technologies that protect and enhance existing data centre investments.”</p>
<p>NetApp has been an innovator in the Ethernet space since the company was founded. Today, NetApp continues to be a leader with 10GbE and next-generation FCoE offerings, helping customers reduce cost and complexity while meeting high bandwidth storage system requirements. Recently, the company was listed as a leader in the InfoPro Wave 12 survey for 10GbE. NetApp and Brocade have been active participants in the development of the Fibre Channel over Ethernet standard, which was recently completed and unanimously approved as a final standard by the FC-BB-5 working group of the T11 Technical Committee.</p>
<p>“ESG believes that FCoE will fuel a new wave of data centre consolidation as it lowers complexity, increases efficiency, improves utilisation, and ultimately reduces power, space, and cooling requirements,” said Brian Garrett, technical director, Enterprise Strategy Group Lab. “With a legacy of Ethernet-based innovation and excellence, NetApp is a natural fit for FCoE Leveraging industry standard 10-Gigabit Ethernet technology, combined with FCoE connectivity from NetApp’s long-standing partner Brocade, customers can look forward to seamless, simple savings.”</p>
<p>“As we see the popularity and demand for Ethernet grow by leaps and bounds, our technology and partnerships are growing to meet customer needs,” said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing for NetApp. “With a strong relationship that dates back to 2001, Brocade and NetApp are committed to working together to help promote and advance FCoE technology, enabling customers to consolidate and streamline their data centres.”</p>
<p>The Brocade 8000 FCoE switch and the Brocade 1020 CNA will be available from NetApp in August. The Brocade FCoE blade for the DCX and the DCX-4S is planned to be available in September 2009.</p>
<p>To watch Jay Kidd, CMO at NetApp and Ian Whiting, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales at Brocade discuss FCoE, visit:</p>
<p>To watch the NetApp Play-by-Play “Using FCoE for Server I/O Consolidation, visit:</p>
<p>To watch Dave Stevens, CTO at Brocade, discuss FCoE at Brocade Tech Day, visit:</p>
<p>To watch a technical overview of the Brocade 8000, visit:</p>
<p>For more information on NetApp Ethernet storage news, visit
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<p>About Brocade</p>
<p>Brocade® (NASDAQ: BRCD) develops extraordinary networking solutions that enable today’s complex, data-intensive businesses to optimise information connectivity and maximise the business value of their data. For more information, visit</p>
<p>About NetApp</p>
<p>NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that accelerate business breakthroughs and deliver outstanding cost efficiency. Discover NetApp’s passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster at</p>
<p>Brocade, the B-wing symbol, BigIron, DCX, Fabric OS, FastIron, IronPoint, IronShield, IronView, IronWare, JetCore, NetIron, SecureIron, ServerIron, StorageX, and TurboIron are registered trademarks, and DCFM, Extraordinary Networks, and SAN Health are trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries. NetApp, the NetApp logo, and Go further, faster are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetApp, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.</p>
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<p>Rachel York</p>
<p>Max Australia</p>
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