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Brocade Develops Simplified Solutions for Virtualized Data Center Environments

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brocade(R) (Nasdaq: BRCD), the leading provider of data center networking solutions that help enterprises connect and manage their information, today announced that it is working with Microsoft to develop a management pack to incorporate the newly announced Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) feature within Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. PRO can help dynamically address alerts from hardware, operating systems and applications by shifting virtual machine resources using knowledge-based policies and rules. By extending many of the Brocade data center fabric and Host Bus Adapter (HBA) management capabilities into Virtual Machine Manager, this solution will help server administrators improve the management of their physical and virtual resources in data centers.

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Brocade(R) (Nasdaq: BRCD), the leading provider of data center networking solutions that help enterprises connect and manage their information, today announced that it is working with Microsoft to develop a management pack to incorporate the newly announced Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) feature within Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. PRO can help dynamically address alerts from hardware, operating systems and applications by shifting virtual machine resources using knowledge-based policies and rules. By extending many of the Brocade data center fabric and Host Bus Adapter (HBA) management capabilities into Virtual Machine Manager, this solution will help server administrators improve the management of their physical and virtual resources in data centers.

The new Brocade-focused management pack for PRO enables System Center to use specific device and network information such as overall health, performance, and configuration data. As a result, server administrators will have visibility beyond the confines of the server and into the storage network to help them make informed decisions on where to place, migrate, or reconfigure applications, hardware, or virtual machines.

"Customers continually ask for simpler ways to track and manage devices in the evolving data center, and virtualization magnifies that need," said Madhu Matta, Vice President of Brocade's Server Connectivity Division. "Brocade is working with Microsoft to provide seamless incorporation with System Center by extending Brocade Adaptive Networking technologies into the data center management solutions. This allows administrators to easily deploy and manage end-to-end data services such as virtualization, quality of service, and security across the entire data center fabric."

"Microsoft has collaborated with Brocade to provide customers with a scalable, high-performance storage infrastructure for virtualized IT environments," said Dai Vu, Director of Virtualization Products and Solutions Marketing for Microsoft Corp. "Brocade's intelligent management of the SAN infrastructure, combined with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, helps customers optimize data and server resources in the virtualized data center."

Brocade will exhibit its growing portfolio of data center capabilities, including its latest HBA technology at the Microsoft Management Summit. The summit is being held April 28 through May 2, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Brocade technology will be showcased on the show floor in Brocade Booth # 110.

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

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