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April 15, 2011 13:15 ET

Brocade CTO Named to TechAmerica CLOUD(2) Commission

Commission to Provide Recommendations on Deployment of Cloud Technologies to the United States Federal Government

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 15, 2011) - Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced that Dave Stevens, the company's chief technology officer (CTO) has been named a Commissioner on the TechAmerica Foundation's "Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud," known also as CLOUD2.

The commission's mandate is to deliver recommendations to the U.S. government on ways it can effectively deploy cloud technologies and set specific public policies that will help drive further cloud innovation in both the private and public sectors.

Brocade has direct and highly relevant experience in the challenges and opportunities that the CLOUD2 Commission is addressing by the virtue of its 15 years of experience in building mission-critical data center networks for some of the most demanding IT environments in the world. This experience and expertise has positioned Brocade to address the challenges on moving to more agile, flexible cloud IT models.

The Brocade approach, as defined by its Brocade One™ strategy, is to help its customers migrate smoothly from current networking architectures to a world where information and applications reside and can be accessed anywhere through open, multivendor cloud technologies.

"Brocade is an established leader in building and deploying fabric-based data center architectures, and customers continue to trust their networks to Brocade as they move to highly virtualized and cloud models," said Dave Stevens, chief technology officer at Brocade. "I am honored to serve as a commissioner for CLOUD2, and I Iook forward to the opportunity to leverage our experience in this space and to play a key role in advancing the deployment of cloud architectures."

The commission will make recommendations for how government should deploy cloud technologies and address policies that might hinder U.S. leadership of the cloud in the commercial space. Recommendations for government deployment will be presented to Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. Commercial-facing recommendations will be shared with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Commerce Under Secretary Pat Gallagher.

"The Obama Administration has demonstrated a clear understanding of the need to adopt cloud technologies across the government enterprise," said Dallas Advisory Partners Founder, and TechAmerica Foundation Chairman, David Sanders. "CLOUD² represents a broad range of companies, and is well-positioned to provide diverse insight on issues critical to the cloud. These new commissioners will be essential to the continued advancement of U.S. innovation, and we look forward to providing the Administration constructive recommendations that address these critical issues."

The commission is composed of 71 experts in the field, from both the business and academic worlds. Leading the CLOUD2 commission are co-commissioners Salesforce.com CEO and Chairman Marc Benioff and VCE Chairman and CEO Michael D. Capellas, as well as CSC North American public sector president Jim Scheaffer and Microsoft corporate VP of technology policy and strategy Dan Reed.

Also joining co-chairmen Benioff and Capellas representing academia will be John Mallery of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and Michael R. Nelson, visiting professor of Internet studies in Georgetown University's Communication, Culture and Technology Program.

A full list of commissioners is available at http://www.techamericafoundation.org/cloud-commission-commissioners

To learn more about CLOUD², please visit http://www.techamericafoundation.org/cloud-commission

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