Brocade’s 8gbit/sec hba is chosen by Hitachi data Systems to boost its storage networking portfolio

Innovative Brocade HBAs deliver unmatched data centre performance, with advanced server and storage virtualisation support and integrated management

Brocade® (NASDAQ: BRCD) has announced in December 2008 that Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has added its innovative 8Gbit/sec server Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) to the company's storage networking portfolio. Brocade’s HBAs deliver unique breakthrough performance and end-to-end customer networking capabilities, and empower customers considering server virtualisation as part of their data centre strategy.

Augmenting the industry-leading performance of the Brocade DCX Backbone and 48000 Director, the innovative Brocade 8Gbit/sec HBAs (the Brocade 815/825) utilise an industry-first integration of important adapter functions into high-performance hardware. The HBAs have been designed to deliver twice the throughput of competing products, Together, the new products offer unmatched server-to-storage connectivity and capabilities, supporting features such as fabric Quality of Service (QoS), traffic management and other Adaptive Networking services that benefit evolving data centres.

“We have been working with Brocade for several years and realise the importance of these HBAs to enable us to offer more value to our customers to help manage their storage infrastructure," says Michael Väth, Senior Vice President and General Manager for EMEA at Hitachi Data Systems. "We both understand the need to improve performance of data centres using tools such as server and storage virtualisation. These new solutions provide more of an end-to-end solution for our customers to give them greater choice and enhanced performance."

"With the introduction of our 8Gbit/sec HBAs, Brocade and HDS are delivering a new class of server connectivity for the evolving data centre,” said Barbara Spicek, Senior Director - Sales at Brocade. “Addressing the business need to make data centres more efficient, reliable and adaptable, these HBAs allow organisations to consolidate and virtualise server-to-storage environments while simplifying overall management. With innovative connectivity features that are years ahead of the competition, Brocade’s HBAs will deliver a true competitive advantage to HDS and its customers.”

Brocade's newest HBAs are designed to meet the growing performance, connectivity, and virtualisation needs of enterprise data centres. The HBAs are architected to extend I/O performance at the server up to an industry-best 500,000 IOPs (Input/Output Operations Per Second) per port, an important factor in highly virtualised environments. They are also designed to support new QoS, data mobility, and data encryption features that ensure faster and more secure communications between virtual servers and storage.

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Brocade is a 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

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation provides Services Oriented Storage Solutions that enable heterogeneous storage to be dynamically provisioned according to business needs and centrally managed via industry-leading Hitachi storage virtualization software. With over 4,000 employees, and as an integral part of the Hitachi Storage Solutions Group, Hitachi Data Systems delivers storage infrastructure platforms, storage management software, and storage consulting services through direct and indirect channels in over 170 countries and regions. Its customers include nearly 60-percent of Fortune 100 companies. For more information, visit the company's Web site at

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 390,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2007 (ended March 31, 2008) consolidated revenues totaled 11,226 billion yen ($112.2 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, logistics, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

Source: Spreckley Partners Limited