SOURCE: Brocade


July 13, 2011 11:00 ET

Brocade Achieves Key Environmental Milestones

Brocade San Jose Headquarters Receives $2.1 Million Cash Incentive and Achieves LEED Gold Certification

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 13, 2011) - Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) announced today third-party validation of the company's long-standing commitment to operate the business based on a specific set of environmental values and sustainable "green" practices.

Specifically, Brocade received the largest data center energy efficiency incentive in Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) history with an incentive of $2,100,000 under PG&E's Non-Residential New Construction Program. In addition, the Brocade San Jose headquarters has been awarded LEED® Commercial Interiors Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Brocade headquarters campus and data center is a showcase for best-practice design principles of flexibility, scalability, energy efficiency and sustainability, featuring a design to support continued business growth and state-of-the-art research and development. These environmental milestones reflect the company's ongoing commitment to innovation and a greener data center.

"Our headquarters project is just one example of how we apply cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions to our business operations and our products," said Michael Hirahara, vice president of global real estate, facilities and services for Brocade. "Looking forward, we are also evaluating alternative energy solutions like wind and fuel cells as we strive to be good stewards of our communities, the environment and our shareholders' investment, now and into the future."

Largest Data Center Energy Efficiency Incentive in PG&E History
Based on its energy-efficient design and operations, the Brocade data center is operating at a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.2, which is considered a best-in-class metric for data center energy efficiency. PG&E estimates that Brocade will save more than 14 million kilowatt-hours each year, which represents a savings of more than $1.5 million and a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 5,700 tons annually. For details on the headquarters design and energy savings see Brocade campus fact sheet.

"PG&E is pleased to have partnered with Brocade to set a new standard for campus and data center energy efficiency," said Steve Malnight, vice president of customer energy solutions for PG&E. "Our energy-efficiency incentive programs help customers like Brocade access the resources they need to reduce energy demand and realize significant cost savings."

Headquarters Receives LEED Gold Certification
The Brocade San Jose Headquarters has also been awarded LEED Commercial Interiors Gold certification as established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Brocade achieved this level of LEED certification for selection of sustainable site, energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as for the incorporation of a variety of other sustainable strategies. The campus features a 550 kW photo voltaic array system, 40 percent reduction in water usage, a state-of-the-art chilled water plant design, sustainable landscaping design and practices and much more. LEED is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

For more information on the Brocade San Jose headquarters and the company's environmental stewardship, visit:

Video highlights of today's announcement and Brocade sustainability practices, narrated by Michael Hirahara, Vice President, Global Real Estate, Facilities and Services:

Brocade Green Initiatives:

Brocade Campus Fact Sheet:

Construction of the world-class campus at Brocade headquarters in San Jose, CA:

Video tour of the Brocade data center, narrated by Michael Hirahara, Vice President, Global Real Estate, Facilities and Services:

San Jose headquarters and data center blogs by Tim Graumann, Vice President of Information Technology and CIO:

Brocade data center photos

About LEED
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. For more information, see

About Brocade
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