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Shareowner Services

P.O. Box 64945

St. Paul, MN 55164-0945









Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2:00 p.m. Pacific Time



Brocade’s Corporate Headquarters

130 Holger Way

San Jose, California 95134



Directions to the Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

Annual Meeting and instructions for attending the meeting in

person are available in the proxy statement which can be

viewed at

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the

Stockholder Meeting to be Held on April 8, 2014.

Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. will be held at Brocade’s Corporate Headquarters, 130 Holger Way, San Jose, California 95134 on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

This notice is to inform you that the proxy materials for the Brocade 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, including the proxy statement and the 2013 Annual Report, are available on the Internet. Follow the instructions below to view the proxy materials and vote online or request paper or e-mail copies.

This communication is not a form for voting and presents only an overview of the more complete proxy materials that are available to you on the Internet. We encourage you to access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials before voting.

The proxy materials are available at

If you want to receive a paper or e-mail copy of these documents, you must request one. There is no charge to you for requesting a copy. Please make your request for a copy as instructed on the reverse side of this notice on or before March 27, 2014 to facilitate timely delivery.



Matters intended to be acted upon at the meeting are listed below.

The Board of Directors Recommends a Vote FOR all the Nominees Listed in Proposal 1,

a Vote FOR Proposals 2 and 3 and a Vote AGAINST Proposal 4.


1.    Election of Directors            01 - Judy Bruner    06 - Dave House
      02 - Lloyd A. Carney    07 - L. William Krause
      03 - Renato A. DiPentima            08 - David E. Roberson
      04 - Alan L. Earhart    09 - Sanjay Vaswani
      05 - John W. Gerdelman   
2.    Nonbinding advisory resolution to approve executive compensation
3.    Ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as the independent registered public accountants of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. for the fiscal year ending November 1, 2014
4.    Stockholder proposal to amend Brocade’s bylaws to give stockholders who hold 10% of outstanding Brocade stock the power to call a special meeting of stockholders if properly presented at the Annual Meeting



You may immediately vote your proxy on the Internet at:






Use the Internet to vote your proxy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on April 7, 2014.


Please have this Notice and the last four digits of your Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number available. Follow the instructions to vote your proxy.


Your Internet vote authorizes the Named Proxies to vote your shares in the same manner as if you marked, signed and returned your proxy card.

To request paper copies of the proxy materials, which include the proxy card,

proxy statement and annual report, please contact us via:


LOGO    Interne t – Access the Internet and go to Follow the instructions to log in, and order copies.
LOGO    Telephone – Call us free of charge at 866-870-3684 in the U.S. or Canada, using a touch-tone phone, and follow the instructions to log in and order copies.
LOGO    Email – Send us an email at with “brcd Materials Request” in the subject line. The email must include:
   •      The 11-digit control # located in the box in the upper right hand corner on the front of this notice.
   •      Your preference to receive printed materials via mail -or- to receive an email with links to the electronic materials.
   •      If you choose email delivery you must include the email address.
   •      If you would like this election to apply to delivery of material for all future meetings, write the word “Permanent” and include the last 4 digits of your Tax ID number in the email.