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Rackspace Turns to Brocade to Bolster Services for Its Thriving Managed Backup and Storage Division

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brocade(R) (Nasdaq: BRCD) today announced that Rackspace Managed Hosting, a leading global provider of Web hosting services, is using scalable, high-performance Brocade Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions to support its Managed Backup and Storage Division's next generation of growth. The San Antonio, Texas-based company is also leveraging Brocade Fabric Manager software to streamline management of its storage and backup SANs, enabling it to reduce operational costs and offer customers more reliable access to their data.

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Brocade(R) (Nasdaq: BRCD) today announced that Rackspace Managed Hosting, a leading global provider of Web hosting services, is using scalable, high-performance Brocade Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions to support its Managed Backup and Storage Division's next generation of growth. The San Antonio, Texas-based company is also leveraging Brocade Fabric Manager software to streamline management of its storage and backup SANs, enabling it to reduce operational costs and offer customers more reliable access to their data.

"As one of the fastest-growing managed hosting providers internationally, our success depends on harnessing technologies that help us sustain our customer service levels," said Chad Smykay, Storage Engineer, Rackspace Managed Hosting. "Brocade provided us with the expandable, easy-to-manage SAN solutions we need to manage our services more efficiently and cost-effectively as we grow."

A Formula for Continued Growth and Success

To fulfill its mission of providing easily manageable, customized solutions tailored to the business needs of its customers, Rackspace has continually added new services, including the Managed Backup and Storage Division, launched in 2001. Initially, the division deployed dual SAN fabrics, one to support storage services and the other to support backup tape libraries. The division proved to be an instant success, with thousands of Rackspace customers subscribing to the new services.

With demand for its storage offerings surging, the company decided to add new Brocade SAN solutions to support the division's increasing capacity and port requirements. Beginning in 2003 and continuing into early 2006, Rackspace began implementing a wide range of Brocade SAN solutions, including Brocade 4900 Switches, Brocade 4100 Switches, and Brocade 48000 Directors. A Brocade Professional Services engineer validated the installations.

"Choosing Brocade to increase our SAN capacity was an easy decision," said Smykay. "Their systems have performed reliably for us and most importantly have enabled us to easily provision new customers and to help us maintain the industry-leading service for which we are known."

The Brocade 48000 Directors serve as the building blocks for the Managed Storage and Backup Division's centralized, high-capacity SAN fabric. The directors scale non-disruptively from 32 to as many as 384 concurrently active 4 Gbit/sec full-duplex ports, and integrate easily with the company's heterogeneous Linux and Microsoft Windows server environment. The Brocade 4900 Switches provide reliable 4 Gbit/sec performance and feature "pay-as-you-grow" scalability from 32 to 64 ports through flexible Ports on Demand capabilities. The Brocade 4100 Switches also provide industry-leading 4 Gbit/sec performance and scale up to 32 ports using the same Ports on Demand capability as the Brocade 4900.

Rackspace also benefits from lower power costs. "The power consumption of Brocade directors and switches has always been excellent, and it always seems to be improving," Smykay said. "When we moved to the new Brocade 48000s, power consumption dropped by more than 50 percent, which is a huge benefit. When you have thousands of storage and backup clients, even a dollar a day savings per device can quickly add up."

Concurrent to deploying the new directors and switches, Rackspace implemented Brocade Fabric Manager to optimize administration of its storage and backup SANs. Brocade Fabric Manager is a comprehensive software solution for central-site provisioning, monitoring, and administration of large numbers of switches and multiple Brocade SAN fabrics. The solution enables Rackspace to reduce the time and costs of managing its SAN fabrics. "When you have 60-plus switches and directors, it's a challenge to perform operations like troubleshooting and firmware upgrades manually," Smykay said. "Fabric Manager lets us make global changes and updates from a central location faster, enabling us to respond more rapidly to customers' issues and increase our productivity."

With its Brocade products, the Rackspace Managed Backup and Storage Division now has the foundation it needs for steady expansion. "We believe that the Brocade SAN solution provides the fundamental building block for a large and growing business," Smykay concluded. "It allows us to add devices and servers incrementally, which should in turn allow us to stay ahead of the growth curve and sustain our success."

About Rackspace Managed Hosting

A recognized leader in the global managed hosting market, Rackspace Managed Hosting delivers enterprise-level managed services to businesses of all sizes. Serving more than 10,000 customers in seven data centers worldwide, Rackspace integrates the industry's best technologies for each customer need and delivers them as a service via the company's award-winning Fanatical Support(TM). Through trusted relationships, Rackspace serves as an extension of its customers' IT departments, enabling them to focus on their core business. Since its inception in 1998, Rackspace has grown more than 50 percent a year. For more information, please visit www.rackspace.com, or call 800-961-2888.

About Brocade

Brocade is the leading provider of networked storage solutions that help organizations connect, share, and manage their information. 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 info@brocade.com.

Brocade, the Brocade B-weave logo, Fabric OS, File Lifecycle Manager, MyView, Secure Fabric OS, SilkWorm, and StorageX are registered trademarks and the Brocade B-wing symbol and Tapestry are trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries. FICON is a registered trademark of IBM Corporation in the U.S. and 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.

SOURCE Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

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