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Hitachi data systems adds new Brocade 4 Gbit/sec SAN director and departmental switch to storage portfolio.

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (Brocade) (Nasdaq: BRCDE) today announced that Hitachi DataSystems Corporation now offers its customers access to the industry's only complete family of 4 Gbit/sec Storage Area Network (SAN) infrastructure solutions built on a common system architecture. Hitachi Data Systems has added the 4 Gbit/sec Brocade SilkWorm 48000 Director and the Brocade SilkWorm200E Switch to its portfolio of networked storage solutions, which also includes the Brocade SilkWorm 4100 midrange switch, the industry's first 4Gbit/sec switch, brought to market in November 2004.

"Brocade SilkWorm switch and director products complement the capabilities of the complete line of our industry-leading Hitachi TagmaStore storage systems and enable us to deliver Application Optimized Storage solutions that meet customer business needs while making it easier to buy, install, configure, and manage their SAN environment," said Rachel Young, VicePresident of Global Marketing at Hitachi Data Systems. "Our continued partnership with Brocade, leveraging its advanced SAN technology, strengthens Hitachi Data Systems' commitment to deliver virtualization solutions that provide dynamic new ways for businesses of all sizes to deploy and manage their storage infrastructure."

"Data center managers and storage administrators know that they get a highly scalable, compelling, and architecturally sound storage environment when pairing Hitachi TagmaStore storage systems with our state-of-the-art technology," said Tom Buiocchi, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Brocade. "This extends our six-year relationship in delivering best-of-class storage solutions to enterprise customers."

Designed to meet the most demanding requirements in enterprise data centers, the SilkWorm 48000 is the industry's first 4 Gbit/ sec SAN director. With support for up to 256-ports in the same footprint as previous-generation Brocade directors, the SilkWorm 48000 is ideal for supporting the Hitachi TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform, which is implemented in very large SAN deployments or standalone director implementations.

For midsized enterprises, Hitachi Data Systems offers a combination of the Silkworm 4100 midrange switch and the Hitachi TagmaStore Network Storage Controller model NSC55, successfully delivering rich, advanced functionality traditionally available only in high-end storage.

The TagmaStore Adaptable Modular Storage and Workgroup Modular Storage systems provide the most powerful, scalable, and flexible modular storage solution for application-specific workloads, or, for tiered storage environments. Leveraging the controller-based virtualization of the Hitachi TagmaStore Network Storage Controller or the Universal Storage Platform provides excellent storage for data with multiple performance and archive requirements. Combined with the SilkWorm 200E, which features 4 Gbit/sec performance, the flexibility of 8, 12, or 16 Ports on Demand, and innovative ease-of-use features, these solutions are designed to reduce complexity and operating costs for first time SAN deployments, as well as small business and departmental SANs.
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Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
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Date:Aug 22, 2005
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