Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. supplies networking hardware, software, and services, including storage area networking (SAN) solutions and Internet protocol (IP) networking solutions for businesses and organizations of various types and sizes. The company’s end customers include global enterprises and other organizations that use the company’s products and services as part of their communications infrastructure and service providers, such as telecommunication firms, cable operators, and mobile carriers, which use the company’s products and services as part of their commercial operations. The company offers a line of networking hardware and software products and services that enable businesses and organizations to make their data centers and networks adaptable to the changing demands of new network traffic patterns and volumes. The company’s products and services are focused on meeting the requirements necessary for data center infrastructure and applications. Majority of the company’s products have been designed to enable customers to deploy next-generation data center architectures and technologies, which the networking industry refers to as the New IP, including virtualization, cloud computing, software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and network visibility and analytics. The company’s products and services are marketed, sold, and supported worldwide to end-user customers through distribution partners, including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributors, systems integrators, and value-added resellers, as well as directly to end users by its sales force. Products and Services Mission Critical Storage Networking Solutions Customers use the company’s Fibre Channel (FC) protocol-based networking products to build storage area networks within their data center environments. The company’s storage networking products and services are designed to help customers reduce the complexity of managing business information within a shared data storage environment, while enabling high levels of availability of mission-critical applications. In addition, the company’s products and services help customers develop and deploy storage and server consolidation, disaster recovery, and data security, as well as meet compliance requirements regarding data management. The company’s products are generally used in conjunction with servers and storage subsystems, SAN interconnection components, and server and storage management software applications and tools. By utilizing shared storage, or networked storage solutions, organizations of all types and sizes could share and consolidate server and storage resources; centralize and simplify data management; scale and provision storage resources; and improve application efficiency, performance, and availability. The company’s family of FC SAN backbones, directors, and fabric/embedded switches provides interconnection, bandwidth, and high-speed switching between servers and storage devices. Product models range from entry-level 8-port fixed-configuration fabric switches to 512-port modular directors in a single chassis. Switches and directors support key applications, such as data backup, remote mirroring, and high-availability clustering, as well as high-volume transaction processing applications, such as enterprise resource planning and data warehousing. The company’s storage networking products have been designed to meet the storage networking needs of data center end users in environments ranging from small- and medium-sized businesses to large enterprises with storage network fabrics that scale to various ports and spread across multiple locations worldwide. The company offers various FC fabric extension, switching, and routing solutions that are designed to connect two or more data centers over long distances to improve business continuity and disaster recovery. The company’s FC fabric extension solutions support both point-to-point and multi-site FC SAN environments, mainframe extension (Fibre Connectivity), and other multiprotocol switching and routing technologies, including optical, asynchronous transfer mode, and
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