Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, network storage equipment maker Brocade Communications Systems (Nasdaq: BRCD) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Brocade's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Brocade facts

Founded (founded) San Jose, Calif. (1995)
Market Cap $2.7 billion
Industry Communications equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $2.2 billion
Management Non-Executive Chairman David House
CFO Daniel Fairfax
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 5.6%
Cash/Debt $581.4 million / $629.7 million
Competitors Cisco Systems
Hewlett-Packard
QLogic

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 764 members who have rated Brocade believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

Earlier this week, one of those bulls, fellow Fool Anders Bylund (TMFZahrim), succinctly summed up the Brocade bull case for our community:

Brocade can be found in the market's bargain bin even after that terrific 52-week run and trades for less than 10 times forward earnings estimates. I'm impressed by Brocade's solid foundation and excited about its position to cash in on the Big Data explosion. Fools don't play the market timing game, so I'm happy to slap a thumbs-up CAPScall on Brocade right here, right now.

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