“As part of our Brocade One™ strategy, we are continually enhancing the APN program with Quality in Partnership elements that provide partners with the necessary tools to help their customers make the transition towards highly virtualized, cloud-optimized network environments without the fear of vendor lock-in,” said Barbara Spicek, vice president of Worldwide Channels at Brocade. “The addition of the new Virtualized Fabric Partner Specialization and BCEFE Certification provides the educational background, practical know-how and technical validation that partners need to successfully deploy and manage Ethernet fabric-based solutions.”The increased focus on private enterprise cloud environments as a critical component to business optimization has also placed emphasis on the function of Application Delivery, which is used to effectively manage and maintain data traffic patterns. To drive greater levels of partner expertise in this area, Brocade has also added the Application Delivery Partner Specialization for partners who have demonstrated proficiency associated with application load balancing and data traffic management technologies. Like the Virtualized Fabric Partner Specialization, the new Application Delivery Partner Specialization is available now. The Brocade APN program includes four distinct partnership levels: Distributor, Elite, Premier and Select. All levels have been designed with specific requirements and benefits to help partners leverage and be rewarded for their networking product knowledge and solution support expertise. For more information on the Brocade APN program, please visit www.brocade.com/apn. Additional Resources Video – Barbara Spicek, Brocade’s VP of Worldwide Channels, on the new additions to the APN program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEPhjet52Zg Press release – Brocade Introduces New Technology Specializations to Alliance Partner Network Program (June 30, 2010): http://bit.ly/hkzdPX About Brocade Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD) develops extraordinary networking solutions that enable today’s complex, data-intensive businesses to optimize information connectivity and maximize the business value of their data. For more information, visit www.brocade.com. Brocade, the B-wing symbol, BigIron, DCFM, DCX, Fabric OS, FastIron, IronView, NetIron, SAN Health, ServerIron, TurboIron, and Wingspan are registered trademarks, and Brocade Assurance, Brocade NET Health, Brocade One, Extraordinary Networks, MyBrocade, VCS, and VDX are trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries. Other brands, products, or service names mentioned are or may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.