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June 26, 2013

ADVA Optical Networking Scores Industry First with Brocade Qualified 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel

New Card Supports All Features of Brocade's Gen 5 Fibre Channel Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – ADVA Optical Networking announced today that its 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel (FC) card is the first in the networking industry to achieve Brocade qualification. Following completion of interoperability testing as part of Brocade's Gen 5 Fibre Channel program, the ADVA 16Gbit/s FC card (4WCE/16G) will be a key component for enterprises seeking to evolve their high-density server virtualization, cloud architectures and storage applications. The card is generally available and has already been deployed by a number of financial organizations.

“The continued explosion in bandwidth demand, when combined with growing expectations to access data-intensive applications, is driving customer need for the combination of ADVA Optical Networking transport solutions linked by Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel technologies,” said Jack Rondoni, vice president, Data Center Storage and Solutions at Brocade. “The increased performance of Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology better enables the functionality of the ADVA FSP 3000 by simplifying network operations and improving network resiliency.”

Delivering full 16Gbit/s FC over wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) networks enables enterprises to transport data across increasingly large distances: A critical element in today’s business continuity and disaster recovery planning. Designed to enable a seamless and non-disruptive upgrade from current 8Gbit/s FC deployments, ADVA Optical Networking’s 16Gbit/s FC card natively supports all Brocade Gen 5 FC features, including the lowest latency on the market.

FC is a key component for many enterprise networks and analysts expect it to gain even stronger market share with the migration to 16Gbit/s. Dell'Oro Group forecasts 16Gbit/s FC will exceed 8Gbit/s FC as soon as mid-2013. Often a vital building block in mission-critical networks and highly-virtualized environments, 16Gbit/s FC is vital for enterprises seeking to transport rapidly increasing bandwidth loads at faster speeds. ADVA Optical Networking's 16Gbit/s FC card does exactly this while still being backwards compatible with previous FC releases.

“Brocade has an innate understanding of the data center environment, of the data center community,” commented Ulrich Schlegel, business development SAN solutions, ADVA Optical Networking. “We've worked side-by-side for many years ensuring that both our solutions seamlessly interoperate. This is something our customers value. Our 16Gbit/s FC card is no different. Our engineering team has developed a card that is simply plug and play in any Brocade Gen 5 FC environment. When your mission-critical data is at stake, this ease of use, this reliability is vital.” 

Watch this video to learn more about ADVA Optical Networking and Brocade’s Gen 5 Fibre Channel: http://adva.li/gen5fc.     

About ADVA Optical Networking

ADVA Optical Networking is a global provider of intelligent telecommunications infrastructure solutions. With software-automated Optical+Ethernet transmission technology, the Company builds the foundation for high-speed, next-generation networks. The Company’s FSP product family adds scalability and intelligence to customers’ networks while removing complexity and cost. With a flexible and fast-moving organization, ADVA Optical Networking forges close partnerships with its customers to meet the growing demand for data, storage, voice and video services. Thanks to reliable performance for two decades, the Company has become a trusted partner for more than 250 carriers and 10,000 enterprises across the globe. For more information, please visit us at www.advaoptical.com.

About Brocade

Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world's leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. www.brocade.com