Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. is an American technology company specializing in data and storage networking products. The company's products include network-attached storage, storage area network (SAN) directors and switches, data center switches, Virtual Cluster Switching, software-defined networking, network virtualization,Internet service provider, enterprise and campus Ethernet (local area network/wireless local area network) switchesand wide area network (Internet) routers, application delivery controllers (load balancers), network securityappliances, Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) and converged network adapters (CNAs), and Ethernet transceivers. Founded in 1995, Brocade is headquartered in San Jose, California, USA. In March 2012, the company held the largest market share in SAN switches.
Brocade was founded in August 1995, by Seth Neiman (a venture capitalist, a former executive from Sun Microsystems and a professional racer), Kumar Malavalli(a co-author of the Fibre Channel specification) and Paul R. Bonderson (a former executive from Intel Corporation and Sun Microsystems). Neiman became the first CEO of the company.
The company's first product, SilkWorm, which was a Fibre Channel Switch, was released in early 1997. A second generation of switches was announced in 1999.
On January 14, 2013, Brocade named Lloyd Carney as new chief executive Officer.