Brocade has wrapped up a transformative financial year with dipin net profit offsetting a surge in quarterly sales.
Year-on-year, quarterly GAAP net profit at the storage and networkingvendor slipped 6% to $33.6m (£20.32m) as sales rose 31% to $521.8m.
For the twelve months ended 31 October, Brocade maderevenues of $1.9bn, up from $1.4bn in 2008 and greatly helped by theacquisition of Foundry Networks, but it still booked a full-year net loss of$76.5m.
Nevertheless, CEO Michael Klayko hailed the firm's evolutioninto "one of only two end-to-end networking solutions providers in the industry".
"Q4 saw tremendous momentum as we exceeded the Street's consensus non-GAAP EPSestimates for the seventeenth consecutive quarter, delivered the fastestsequential growth of any large networking vendor and generated strong cashflows," he added.
In a prepared statement, Brocade said it was banking on a recoveryin IT spending during the first half of 2010 and a return to near-normalcy inthe second half as enterprise customers begin to replace aging networkinfrastructure.