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Brocade does have some weaknesses.

Fiber channel technology has many players. Brocade has an early start, but it's all about standards, and other companies can easily replicate this technology. Score -1 points.

Brocade does not do direct support. If you ask me, I prefer to obtain support direct from the manufacturer on complex high-tech items like this. Brocade forces you to get support from their reseller/OEM network, which means you are talking to people that don't know as much about the product as the people that invented it. Score -1 points.

I personally am much more interested in McData's soon-to-be IPO. When I was visited by a reseller and asked them for Brocade, they told me the McData switches were more reliable, but that they costed more. With McData coming out soon with lower-end products I think that Brocade may have some vulnerability. Score -1 point for being not as reliable.

Chris



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