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Brocade and Hitachi Data Systems Partner to Offer Simplified File Management to Customers

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brocade(R) (Nasdaq: BRCD), a leader in data center networking solutions that help enterprises connect and manage their information, today announced a reseller agreement with Hitachi Data Systems whereby Hitachi Data Systems will resell the Brocade StorageX(R) file virtualization and management software solution. Through the agreement, Brocade StorageX will offer Hitachi Data Systems customers an industry-leading solution for file data replication and migration, as well as centralized management of multiple namespaces. The innovative solution solves some of today's most pressing file data management challenges in distributed heterogeneous environments, including consolidation, remote office data management, business continuity, and disaster recovery.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Brocade(R) (Nasdaq: BRCD), a leader in data center networking solutions that help enterprises connect and manage their information, today announced a reseller agreement with Hitachi Data Systems whereby Hitachi Data Systems will resell the Brocade StorageX(R) file virtualization and management software solution. Through the agreement, Brocade StorageX will offer Hitachi Data Systems customers an industry-leading solution for file data replication and migration, as well as centralized management of multiple namespaces. The innovative solution solves some of today's most pressing file data management challenges in distributed heterogeneous environments, including consolidation, remote office data management, business continuity, and disaster recovery.

"The addition of Brocade StorageX to the Hitachi Data Systems portfolio extends the Hitachi Data Systems and Brocade relationship into mission-critical file management solutions," said Tom Buiocchi, Brocade Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. "Together, we are pleased to offer a best-in-class solution that helps customers manage ever-increasing amounts of file data."

With Brocade StorageX, Hitachi Data Systems will be able to expand its portfolio and offer a full end-to-end NAS solution with the ability to virtualize heterogeneous file systems and present a single, consolidated view of all enterprise files. Hitachi Data Systems customers implementing Brocade StorageX will be able to experience benefits such as:

— Centralized management of files via policies that run across a global namespace — Improved disaster recovery and business continuity via IP replication and transparent failover in the event of a disaster or a planned outage — Storage consolidation via file migration that simplifies upgrades of the storage infrastructure — Transparent and non-disruptive data management and movement that requires far less administrative time and effort

Hitachi Data Systems will also partner with Brocade to utilize Brocade StorageX for services designed to help customers who need assistance with heterogeneous file migrations, data mobility, and non-disruptive migration of existing data to the Hitachi portfolio of high-performance NAS platforms.

"Brocade StorageX is one of the top file virtualization and management solutions on the market today, and we see Brocade as a key enabler in delivering our end-to-end file services strategy to our customers," said Michael Hay, senior director of Product Strategy, Hitachi Data Systems. "By combining Hitachi Data Systems' high-end NAS solutions and Brocade StorageX, our customers will be able to more effectively manage their file data, while enabling operational flexibility and improving IT efficiency."

"As the amount of unstructured data continues to multiply, we are seeing a dramatic uptake of efficient file management solutions," said Tony Asaro, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "The expansion of the Brocade/Hitachi Data Systems relationship into this market provides further validation of increased customer demand for comprehensive file area network solutions that solve management challenges in heterogeneous storage environments."

About Brocade

Brocade is a 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 http://www.brocade.com or contact the company at info@brocade.com.

Brocade, Fabric OS, File Lifecycle Manager, MyView, and StorageX are registered trademarks and the Brocade B-wing symbol, DCX, 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.

SOURCE Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

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