Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
| Nasdaq: BRCD
Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. is a supplier of networking equipment, including Storage Area Networking solutions and Internet Protocol networking solutions for businesses and organizations of many types and sizes, including global enterprises and service providers such as telecommunications, cable operators and mobile carriers. It offers a comprehensive line of high-performance networking hardware and software products as well as services that enable businesses and organizations to make their networks and data centers more efficient, reliable and adaptable to the changing demands of new network traffic patterns and volume. The company's products, services and solutions simplify information technology infrastructure, increase resource utilization, ensure availability of mission critical applications, and support key IT services, including Internet connectivity and enterprise and end user mobile computing device connectivity, as well as emerging networking requirements such as virtualization, software-defined networking, and cloud computing. It operates through four business segments: SAN Products and Global Services. The other two operating segments, Ethernet Switching & IP Routing and ADP, combine to form a third reportable segment: IP Networking Products. The SAN Products segments include infrastructure products and solutions that assist customers in the development and delivery of storage and server consolidation, disaster recovery and data security, and in meeting compliance issues regarding data management. These products are used to build storage area networks and are generally used in conjunction with servers and storage subsystems, SAN interconnection components such as host bus adapters and server and storage management software applications and tools. The Global Services segment includes break/fix maintenance, installation, consulting, network management and software maintenance and customer support revenue. The IP Networking Products segment include Open Systems Interconnection Reference Model Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches and routers that are designed to connect users in an enterprise network, enabling network connectivity such as access to the Internet, network-based communications, and collaboration through unified messaging applications and mobility. Brocade also offers converged network products, and a portfolio of platforms designed for service provider environments as well as carrier Ethernet products. Brocade Communications Systems was founded by Paul R. Bonderson, Jr., Kumar Malavalli and Seth D. Nieman on August 24, 1995 and is headquartered in San Jose, CA.