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Crossroads Systems Receives Brocade Fabric Aware Status

Crossroads Systems, a provider of connectivity for storage networking solutions, today announced that the 4x50 storage router product line has been verified by Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Brocade(R)) as interoperable with Brocade-based Storage Area Networking (SAN) infrastructure in testing conducted through the Brocade Fabric Aware(tm) Program, an end-to-end interoperability initiative for enterprise SANs.

The program is a comprehensive testing and configuration initiative designed to foster end-to-end SAN interoperability in heterogeneous Brocade-based SAN environments.

Testing was conducted at the Brocade interoperability labs, which are state-of-the-art facilities supporting end-to-end interoperability and performance testing of SAN products in multi-vendor and large fabric SAN environments. The Brocade Fabric Aware Program has added more than 40 partners since its launch in 2000. In addition, as part of its investment in SAN interoperability, Brocade actively supports its partners' interoperability initiatives.

"We realize the Brocade Fabric Aware Program illustrates the highest standards for interoperability and the acceleration of SAN implementation," said Rich Lautzenheiser, vice president of marketing for Crossroads Systems. "Clearly, with our successful completion of testing, Crossroads products are verified interoperable with Brocade SilkWorm fabric switches."

"We are pleased that Crossroads Systems has successfully completed the Fabric Aware testing with Brocade fabric switches in heterogeneous SAN environments," said Jay Kidd, Brocade vice president of Product Marketing. "Storage area networks are being deployed worldwide at a rapid rate as a scalable, high performance networking foundation for storage environments. End users are implementing large fabric SANs comprising hundreds of storage subsystems, servers, and networking technologies, all from multiple vendors. The Fabric Aware program is an example of our continued investment in delivering end-to-end SAN interoperability to our partners and their customers."



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