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NX Appliances are First WAN Optimization Solutions to Complete Brocade’s Rigorous Lab Testing for SAN Interoperability

SANTA CLARA, Calif. Aug 6, 2008 – Silver Peak Systems (www.silver-peak.com), the leading provider of scalable Wide Area Network (WAN) acceleration solutions, today announced that the company’s NX appliances have been verified by Brocade Communications Systems Inc. for compatibility with Brocade-based Storage Area Networking (SAN) infrastructure, according to the testing requirements of the Brocade Data Center Ready Program. The program is an initiative designed to foster interoperability in multi-vendor Brocade-based data center environments.

Testing was conducted at the Brocade Data Center Ready 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 Data Center Ready Program boasts an impressive collection of equipment manufacturers since its launch in 2000.

"We are pleased that Silver Peak has successfully completed the Data Center Ready testing with Brocade fabric switches in multi-vendor SAN environments," said Tom Buiocchi, Brocade Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. "By extending our Data Center certification program to include WAN optimization devices, Brocade is demonstrating a continued commitment to meeting the evolving needs of our enterprise customers."

Silver Peak’s WAN acceleration solution is optimized to support large networks, delivering the best performance on high capacity WAN links and across many distributed enterprise locations. Silver Peak offers the industry’s premier solution for disk-based WAN deduplication – Network Memory™ – which reduces more than 95 percent of WAN traffic and ensures LAN-like application performance across the WAN by eliminating the transfer of duplicate data. Network Memory works on all enterprise applications, regardless of transport protocol (TCP, UDP or proprietary) or latency requirements. As a result, Silver Peak is commonly used to accelerate a variety of business-critical applications, including real-time data replication, remote backup, Citrix, SQL, file, email, web, Voice over IP (VoIP) and streaming video.

“Silver Peak is committed to working with Brocade to ensure ongoing product compatibility, as evidenced by our Data Center Ready certification and recent inclusion into Brocade’s developer program as a Select partner,” said Chris Helfer, vice president of business development at Silver Peak. “As a leader in scalable WAN acceleration, there is a naturally affinity between our products and those offered by storage vendors like Brocade. As such, we are pleased to be working with these companies to demonstrate real value to enterprise customers.”

About the Brocade Data Center Ready Program

The Brocade Data Center Ready program is a comprehensive testing and configuration initiative designed to foster end-to-end SAN interoperability. As part of the program, testing is conducted in SAN configurations that comprise a heterogeneous mix of servers, storage subsystems, Brocade fabric switches, SAN management and enterprise applications, and other SAN technologies. Brocade has created a dedicated lab with heterogeneous SAN fabrics, in which the company tests and validates partner equipment in specific configurations. Vendors receive Brocade Data Center Ready Certification after successfully completing tests to confirm that vendors' products meet compatibility guidelines. For more information, visit www.brocade.com/partners/fabric_aware_program.jsp

About the Brocade Developer Program

The Brocade Developer Program provides a world-class program to cultivate strong relationships between Brocade and its developer partners by assisting in compatibility testing with Brocade products, supporting the development of applications with the Brocade SMI Agent (SMI-A), and facilitating discussions around future opportunities for network storage solutions and services.

About Silver Peak Systems, Inc.

Silver Peak improves backup, replication and recovery between data centers and facilitates branch office server and storage centralization by improving application performance across the Wide Area Network (WAN). The company’s award winning NX appliances deliver exceptional performance improvements with unprecedented security and scalability across all enterprise applications, including data replication, backup, file transfers, email, web and real-time applications such as Citrix and VoIP.

For more information, visit: http://www.silver-peak.com/infocenter

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NOTE: Silver Peak Systems, the Silver Peak logo, Network Memory and Silver Peak NX Series are trademarks of Silver Peak Systems, Inc.


For further information or to arrange an interview with Jeff Aaron of Silver Peak, contact:

Penny Flood
Ascendant Communications
Tel: 07956 425 938
Email: pflood@ascendcomms.net




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