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Why Is Brocade Optimistic about Its Gen 6 Fibre Channel Technology?

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Aug. 30 2016, Updated 3:04 p.m. ET

Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology launched in fiscal 3Q16

In fiscal 3Q16, Brocade Communications (BRCD) launched its Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology. Gen 6 has advanced capabilities designed to address the needs for flash-based storage, data center architecture, and virtualization.

The CEO of Brocade Communications, Lloyd Carney, stated, “We were encouraged by the early demands for Gen 6 directors from a number of our leading-edge customers.” He added, “During the quarter we took the industry’s first Gen 6 Fibre Channel director to Brocade X6 which we have already began shipping for revenue.”

The Brocade X6 expands the firms’ portfolio of Gen 6 solutions. It also extends Brocade’s technology leadership in this segment.

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Brocade also affirmed that the Gen 6 ecosystem is developing faster than in previous generations. This also indicates that the market has readily accepted Brocade’s move to Gen 6. Three of Brocade’s OEMs[1. original equipment manufacturers] are shipping Gen 6 directors. Brocade expects several of its OEM partners to have 32 gig storage arrays by 2017. This is expected to drive Brocade’s Gen 6 directors and switches.

Fibre Channel expected to remain as BRCD’s data center storage protocol

Brocade Communications (BRCD) also noted that a number of AC[1. alternating current] providers have begun shipping Gen 6 solutions. This is a significant contrast compared to the launch of Brocade’s Gen 5 technologies a few years ago. A report from Gartner mentions that Fibre Channel should remain the “data center storage protocol of choice” over the next few years.

As enterprises are moving toward the adoption of high-performance, flash-based storage, Fibre Channel is accepted as the most reliable protocol in this market.

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