Brocade has announced its commitment to continued innovation in data center networking technologies with the support of the next generation of Fibre Channel (FC) industry standard, FC-PI-5, which will offer 16 gigabits per second (Gbps) performance. Brocade solutions currently represent 67.5 per cent of the FC switch and director market share. Brocade's commitment to 16 Gbps FC builds upon its market leadership in FC storage networking solutions, which include the flagship Brocade DCX Backbone family along with SAN directors, switches and host bus adapters (HBAs) - the most complete offering in the industry. Brocade has also led the industry through every FC technology cycle, including the evolution from 1, 2, 4, 8 and now 16 Gbps technologies."Brocade's heritage is data center networking, and we continue to be a leader in tradand transformational networking solutions," said Doug Ingraham, Vice-President of data center products at Brocade. "Brocade serves as the Chair of the INCITS TC T11 Committee and is committed to providing standards-based technologies. With the introduction of the new 16 Gbps Fibre Channel standard, we are effectively future-proofing the data center to enable hyper-scale virtualization for emerging workloads and private storage clouds, while protecting billions of dollars in existing infrastructure investments."Brocade expects to offer the industry's first end-to-end 16 Gbps FC product portfolio in the first half of 2011, delivering unmatched simplicity in managing data-intensive applications, investment protection for existing SAN infrastructure and non-stop networking with field-proven "five nines" availability.