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Brocade Introduces Data Center Virtualization Services Practice

Comprehensive Services Solution Helps Customers Further Benefit from Virtualization across the Data Center

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brocade(R) (Nasdaq: BRCD), today announced the expansion of its industry-leading professional services offerings with a new family of Data Center Virtualization Services designed to optimize application and fabric performance, improve data protection, and unify management across the data center.

The new services address the needs of IT professionals who want to transform their existing data centers into consolidated, dynamic, next- generation infrastructures that incorporate advanced virtualization capabilities offered by companies such as VMware. Networked storage is an essential requirement in many virtualized environments, providing advanced capabilities such as data mobility. In fact, according to a recent Enterprise Strategy Group report, an estimated 86 percent of organizations that have deployed server virtualization have done so using networked storage resources.

"Virtualization provides significant business benefits such as reduced capital and operating expenses, improved business continuity, strengthened security, and increased energy efficiencies. But it is also an entirely new way of managing computing resources that requires customers to rethink how they design their data centers," said Hugues Meyrath, General Manager and Vice President, Brocade Services, Support, and Solutions Division. "Brocade Data Center Virtualization Services are designed to help customers architect their data centers so they can get the most out of virtualization to consolidate resources, reduce costs, and improve management of their server and storage infrastructures."

The Brocade Data Center Virtualization Services portfolio is designed to help customers implement best practices for mapping their virtual machines to networked storage resources. The portfolio includes a wide range of assessment, design, and implementation services that involve not only server consolidation but storage networking, backup and recovery, data security, data migration, and disaster recovery practices. The offerings combine more than a decade of Brocade storage networking expertise with years of experience in virtualization services provided by Strategic Business Systems (SBS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Brocade.

"With data center best practices evolving so rapidly, many customers are turning to services providers for assistance in optimizing their data centers to address real-world business challenges," said Jason Martin, Vice President, Professional Services, VMware. "Our customers are seeking out professionals who have the deep skills, expertise, and understanding of how to best utilize data centers in today's virtualized environments, and Brocade has been a leader in implementing these types of best practices."

Availability

Brocade Data Center Virtualization Services are available now. Customers should contact [email protected] for more details, including pricing.

    For additional information, visit
www.brocade.com/professional_services/san_services.jsp.

About SBS

In March 2008, Brocade acquired Strategic Business Systems (SBS), a privately held provider of IT professional services for medium-size and large enterprises in both the commercial and federal government sectors. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, SBS (now a Brocade company) is a leading provider of data center-focused professional services and has established partnerships with many of the industry's largest providers of IT systems. SBS has a team of skilled consultants who provide technical expertise across a wide range of professional services practices, including storage, servers, security, networking, and virtualization services that address the requirements of enterprise data centers. See the Brocade Acquires SBS press release at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=90440&p=irol- newsArticle_print&ID=1115027&highlight.

About Brocade

Brocade is the 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 www.brocade.com or contact the company at [email protected].

Brocade, the B-wing symbol, DCX, Fabric OS, File Lifecycle Manager, MyView, and StorageX are registered trademarks, and DCFM and SAN Health are trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., 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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