Initial Statement of Beneficial Ownership


FORM 3
        
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

INITIAL STATEMENT OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

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1. Name and Address of Reporting Person *

ROBERSON DAVID EARLE

2. Date of Event Requiring Statement (MM/DD/YYYY)
4/8/2014 

3. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol

BROCADE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS INC [BRCD]

(Last)        (First)        (Middle)

130 HOLGER WAY

4. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)

__ X __ Director                            _____ 10% Owner
_____ Officer (give title below)          _____ Other (specify below)

(Street)

SAN JOSE, CA 95134       

(City)              (State)              (Zip)
5. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (MM/DD/YYYY)

 

6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)

_ X _ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person


Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned
(Instr. 4)
3. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
4. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Common Stock   (1) 0   D    

Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned ( e.g. , puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
(MM/DD/YYYY)
3. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
4. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 5. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
6. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares

Explanation of Responses:
( 1)  No securities are beneficially owned.

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
ROBERSON DAVID EARLE
130 HOLGER WAY
SAN JOSE, CA 95134
X



Signatures
/s/ Jean Furter, Attorney-in-fact for David E. Roberson 4/9/2014
** Signature of Reporting Person Date


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LIMITED POWER OF ATTORNEY
SECURITIES LAW COMPLIANCE

The undersigned, as an officer or director of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (the "Company"), hereby constitutes and appoints Daniel W. Fairfax, Jean Furter, Charles Read, Tyler Wall,  Matthew Ng, Eddie Shen, Katharine A. Martin and Lisa Stimmell, and each of them, the undersigned's true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent to complete and execute such Forms 144, Forms 3, 4 and 5 and other forms as such attorney shall in his or her discretion determine to be required or advisable pursuant to Rule 144 promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended , and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, or any successor laws and regulations, as a consequence of the undersigned's ownership, acquisition or disposition of securities of the Company, and to do all acts necessary in order to file such forms with the Securities and Exchange Commission, any securities exchange or national association, the Company and such other person or agency as the attorney shall deem appropriate.  The undersigned hereby ratifies and confirms all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents shall do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

The undersigned hereby ratifies and confirms all that said attorneys-in-fact and agent shall do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.  The undersigned acknowledges that the foregoing attorneys-in-fact, in serving in such capacity at the request of the undersigned, is not assuming, nor is the Company assuming, any of the undersigned's responsibilities to comply with Rule 144 promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

This Limited Power of Attorney shall remain in full force and effect until the undersigned is no longer required to file Forms 3, 4 and 5 with respect to the undersigned's holdings of and transactions in securities issued by the Corporation unless earlier revoked by the undersigned in a writing delivered to the foregoing attorneys-in-fact.

This Limited Power of Attorney is executed at San Jose as of the date set forth below.

/s/ David E. Roberson
Signature
David E. Roberson
Type or Print Name
Dated: April 8, 2014

Witness:

/s/ Vivana Walker
Signature
Vivana Walker
Type or Print Name
Dated:  April 8, 2014