Brocade Communications Systems Inc was incorporated in California on August 24, 1995, and reincorporated in Delaware on May 14, 1999. The Company is a supplier of networking hardware, software, and services, including Storage Area Networking (SAN) solutions and Internet Protocol (IP) Networking solutions for businesses and organizations of various types and sizes. Its end customers include enterprises and other organizations that use the Company's products and services as part of their communications infrastructure and service providers, such as telecommunication firms, cable operators, and mobile carriers, that use its products and services as part of their commercial operations. The Company offers networking hardware and software products and services that enable businesses and organizations to make their data centers and networks more efficient, reliable, and adaptable to the changing demands of new network traffic patterns and volumes. Its products and services are focused on meeting the stringent requirements necessary for data center infrastructure and applications. Many of the Company's products have been designed to enable customers to deploy next-generation data center architectures and technologies, which the networking industry refers to as the New IP, including virtualization, cloud computing, software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and network visibility and analytics (NVA). The Company's products and services are marketed, sold, and supported to end-user customers through distribution partners, including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributors, systems integrators, and value-added resellers (VARs), as well as directly to end users by its sales force. The Company helps enterprises, data centers, and service providers fundamentally change their businesses and make them more agile, and profitable. Its products enable networks to become a platform for rapid and cost-effective business innovation. Both cloud computing and a proliferation of mobile services are transforming how these customers design their networks and deliver information technology (IT) services to their end users. Customers use the Company's Fibre Channel (FC) protocol-based networking products to build storage area networks within their data center environments. The Company's storage networking products and services are designed to help customers reduce the cost and complexity of managing business information within a shared data storage environment, while enabling high levels of availability of mission-critical applications. In addition, its products and services help customers develop and deploy storage and server consolidation, disaster recovery, and data security, as well as meet compliance requirements regarding data management. Its products are generally used in conjunction with servers and storage subsystems, SAN interconnection components, and server and storage management software applications and tools. The Company offers a variety of FC fabric extension, switching, and routing solutions that are designed to connect two or more data centers over long distances to enhance business continuity and disaster recovery. The Company offers consulting and post-contract customer support (PCS) services that help customers in designing, implementing, deploying, and managing networking solutions, as well as support services. Consulting services include resident service arrangements where trained Company consultants optimize customer networks and perform consolidations, migrations, and implementations. In addition to PCS arrangements, the Company offers Premier Support, a high-touch, proactive level of support focused on problem avoidance, account management, and accelerated responsiveness.
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