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About Brocade Communications

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. is an American technology company specializing in data and storage networking products.

Brocade Communications Systems is a leading supplier of data center networking products. Brocade makes Fibre Channel switches and related software for connecting corporate storage systems and servers. Its products are used in storage area networks (SANs), which pool storage resources across enterprises for easier management and more efficient asset use. Brocade's products support internet connectivity and enterprise mobility, as well as key technologies such as software defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), and cloud computing. It generates about half of its sales in the US. Brocade agreed to sell to Broadcom for $5.9 billion in 2016.

Broadcom, a maker of communications-related computer chips, agreed to pay $5.9 billion for Brocade. The addition of Brocade's networking gear to Broadcom's networking chips should help Broadcom better compete for business generated by data centers, cloud computing, and the internet of things. 

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