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FRAMINGHAM (03/16/2000) - Brocade Communications Systems Inc. last week introduced a switch module that provides remote access to SANS over Wan links.

The Remote Switch is addon software for Brocade's SilkWorm 2000 Fibre Channel switch. With Remote Switch, users can join SANs across long distances at T-1, T-3 or ATM OC-3 speeds.

Remote Switch might be used for business continuance operations such as remote mirroring or tape vaulting.

The SilkWorm 2000 family of switches includes devices for Fibre Channel arbitrated loop and switch fabric environments.

Remote Switch is available now.

Brocade: www.brocade.com

In what is becoming an industrywide trend, Nortel Networks is the latest company to spin off a piece of its enterprise network business that is either low-growth or not core to the company's mission.

In Nortel's case, it's the latter. To little surprise, the telecom giant has established its former Netgear small office/home office (SOHO) network products subsidiary as a separate company.

Netgear, established in 1996 as Bay Networks' counter to 3Com's OfficeConnect and Cisco's failed CiscoPro retail and mail order SOHO product strategies, was almost immediately identified by observers as a part of Bay Networks that Nortel was least committed to and most likely to divest.

Netgear has received a $15 million equity financing investment from Pequot Capital Management. Nortel has named Patrick Lo CEO of Netgear.

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