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Brocade Joins EMC Select Program

Easy-to-Use Brocade Switches and SAN Bundles With Emulex HBAs Streamline Networked Storage Infrastructure Deployment for Departm

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (Brocade(R)) today announced that selected Brocade-branded Storage Area Network (SAN) connectivity products are now available to solution providers and customers through the EMC Select Program, which provides convenient access to products from industry-leading vendors that are qualified for use in EMC-based solutions. This expansion of the ongoing Brocade and EMC relationship creates a new option for customers to purchase the industry's most widely adopted family of 4 Gbit/sec SAN switches and new, easy-to-order SAN connectivity bundles designed for departmental and SMB applications.

"Through the EMC Select program, customers have simple and efficient access to third-party products required to deploy an end-to-end information lifecycle management solution," said Marty Lans, Senior Director of Storage Network Marketing, EMC Corporation. "IT professionals understand the value of acquiring complete EMC-qualified solutions from a single source to help ease implementation of their information infrastructure. Brocade's expansion into the EMC Select Program will benefit customers planning to deploy the most prevalent storage networking technologies as part of an end-to-end information infrastructure."

EMC Select now offers the cost-effective 8-port Brocade SilkWorm(R) 207E and 205E SAN switches for small and departmental SANs. The SilkWorm 207E and 205E switches are available individually or in single-SKU bundles that include the Emulex LightPulse family of Host Bus Adapters (HBAs). Featuring industry-leading 4 Gbit/sec Fibre Channel performance and innovative ease-of-use features, the SilkWorm 207E is designed to reduce complexity and lower operating costs for first-time SAN users deploying the latest in SAN technology.

"We are pleased to partner with Brocade to bring a complete 4 Gbit/sec SAN solution available today to EMC customers," said Mike Smith, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, Emulex Corp. "The SAN starter bundle is available now as a single model number, which streamlines the process for providing complete solutions based on EMC storage products. It includes the Emulex 4 Gbit/sec Fibre Channel HBAs and the Brocade EZSwitchSetup wizard, which makes it easy for end users and solution providers to quickly get up and running."

About Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

Brocade delivers industry-leading platforms, solutions, and services for intelligently connecting, managing, and optimizing IT resources in shared storage environments. The world's premier systems, server and storage providers offer the Brocade SilkWorm family of Storage Area Network (SAN) connectivity platforms as the foundation for shared storage in organizations of all sizes. In addition, the Brocade Tapestry(TM) family of IT infrastructure solutions extends the ability to proactively manage and optimize application and information resources across the enterprise. Using Brocade solutions, organizations are better positioned to reduce cost, manage complexity, and satisfy business compliance requirements through optimized use and management of their IT resources. For more information, visit the Brocade Web site at or contact the company at [email protected].

Cautionary Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the future relationship between Brocade and EMC, and anticipated product and service offerings. These statements are based on current expectations on the date of this press release and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ significantly from such estimates. The risks include, but are not limited to, the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the strategic relationship between Brocade and EMC; the ability to introduce new products and services on a timely basis and achieve market acceptance of these new products and services; and the effects of competition, including pressure on distribution models. These and other risks are set forth in more detail in the section entitled "Risk Factors" under Part II-Item 1A in the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 28, 2006. Brocade assumes no obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements, whether as the result of new developments or otherwise.

NOTE: Brocade, the Brocade B weave logo, Fabric OS, File Lifecycle Manager, MyView, Secure Fabric OS, SilkWorm, and StorageX are registered trademarks and Tapestry is a trademark 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.

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

CONTACT: Michelle Leach, Media Relations, +1-408-333-5319, or
[email protected], or Darby Dye, Investor Relations, +1-408-333-5752, or
[email protected], both of Brocade; or Sarahjane Sacchetti of Bite PR,
+1-415-284-8230, or [email protected], for Brocade

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