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McDATA Launches "The ROC" - A Total Solution for Remote Office Consolidation

  • 23 March, 2006 16:41

<p>ROC enables consolidation, optimisation and protection of remote corporate data assets without slowing the pace of real-time global business</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia. — March 23, 2006 - Businesses can now achieve dramatic cost, compliance and business continuity improvements enterprise-wide with McDATA Corporation’s new ROC (Remote Office Consolidation) offering. The ROC is a complete set of products and services that help customers consolidate, centrally manage and protect remote office applications and data assets, while meeting service levels. The ROC also delivers fast return on investment (ROI) — usually less than one year.</p>
<p>"McDATA is leveraging its strong heritage in storage switching and broad portfolio of products and services to offer a complete solution for consolidating, optimising and protecting data in remote offices," said John Kelley, president, chairman and CEO, McDATA. "With more than 24 years of experience at the core, when customers choose our solution, they can do so with the confidence that their data consolidation deployments will be ROC solid."</p>
<p>McDATA’s ROC allows companies to build a more cost-effective application delivery infrastructure, which helps address companies’ IT needs around data protection and security of all enterprise data in order to meet regulatory compliance and business continuity/ disaster recovery requirements. At the same time, the ROC allows companies to consolidate remote servers, storage and IT infrastructure to reduce capital and operational costs - all while delivering LAN-like application access over the WAN to maintain remote user productivity.</p>
<p>"McDATA has leveraged its years of experience in the data center to deliver the industry’s only total solution for remote office consolidation," said Brian Garrett, an industry analyst with the Enterprise Strategy Group. "McDATA’s Remote Office Consolidation solution combines best-in-class products with bandwidth and support services to deliver LAN-like performance to remote office users and centralised asset management, data protection, reliability and BC/DR to IT managers. Put simply, this stuff really ROCs!"</p>
<p>The ROC includes the following products and services:</p>
<p>* SpectraNet™ WAN Data Services Accelerator: Offered through an OEM reseller agreement with Riverbed, greatly enhances application and file access performance across the WAN, allowing for real-time remote access to data in the centralised data center.</p>
<p>* SpectraNet Replicator for Exchange: Offered through an OEM reseller agreement with FalconStor, dramatically improves local file, database or Outlook mailbox recovery, or remote disaster recovery for Microsoft Exchange environments.</p>
<p>* McDATA switching solutions: McDATA’s Intrepid® and Sphereon™ product lines are the industry’s most deployed switching solutions for the data center. From blade and fabric switches to ultra-high-port-count enterprise directors, McDATA switching solutions deliver the right capacity, availability and performance for any application in a customer SAN.</p>
<p>* McDATA extension solutions: McDATA’s Eclipse™ and UltraNet® extension products enable secure, high-speed replication of compressed data between primary and secondary data centers over any type of WAN circuit, as well as the ongoing real-time access from remote locations.</p>
<p>* McDATA bandwidth services: McDATA bandwidth services provide complete end-to-end telecommunications bandwidth and true WAN network monitoring and management—all directly acquirable through McDATA.</p>
<p>* McDATA Support and Professional Services: 24X7 global support for your ROC implementation directly from McDATA. McDATA professional services can assist customers with end-to-end project management in every step of customer ROC deployments, from architectural design and deployment planning to implementation.</p>
<p>Customers have the ability to choose to use any or all of the elements with McDATA’s ROC offering. The ROC is available from McDATA and will be available from McDATA partners and resellers in the first half of 2006.</p>
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<p>About McDATA (www.mcdata.com)</p>
<p>McDATA (Nasdaq: MCDTA/MCDT) is the leading provider of storage networking solutions, helping customers build, globally connect, optimise and centrally manage data infrastructures across SAN, MAN and WAN environments. With nearly 25 years experience developing SAN products, services and solutions, McDATA is the trusted partner in the world's largest data centers, connecting more than two-thirds of all networked data.</p>
<p>Forward-Looking Statements</p>
<p>This press release contains statements about expected future events that are forward-looking and subject to risks and uncertainties. Readers are urged to consider statements that include the terms "believes", "belief", "expects", "plans", "objectives", "estimates", "anticipates", "intends", "targets", or the like to be uncertain and forward-looking. Factors that could cause actual results to differ and vary materially from expectations include, but are not limited to, McDATA’s relationships with EMC, IBM and Hitachi Data Systems and the level of their orders, aggressive price competition by numerous other SAN and IP switch suppliers, OEM qualification of our new products - such as the Intrepid 10000 Director, integration of CNT’s sales and marketing functions, manufacturing constraints, constraints in obtaining third party product for resale and other risk factors that are disclosed in McDATA’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These cautionary statements by McDATA should not be construed as exhaustive or as any admission regarding the adequacy of disclosures made by McDATA. All cautionary statements should be read as being applicable to all forward-looking statements wherever they appear. McDATA does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.</p>
<p>*Gartner, "Magic Quadrant for SAN Fibre Channel Switches, 2005": J. Opfer, R. Passmore, Copyright December 28, 2005 by Gartner, Inc. and reused with permission, which permission should not be deemed to be an endorsement of any company or product depicted in the quadrant.</p>
<p>The Magic Quadrant is Gartner, Inc.'s opinion and is an analytical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It measures vendors against Gartner defined criteria for a marketplace. The positioning of vendors within a Magic Quadrant is based on the complex interplay of many factors. Gartner does not advise enterprises to select only those firms in the "Leaders" quadrant. In some situations, firms in the Visionary, Challenger, or Niche Player quadrants may be the right matches for an enterprise's requirements. Well-informed vendor selection decisions should rely on more than a Magic Quadrant. Gartner research is intended to be one of many information sources including other published information and direct analyst interaction. Gartner, Inc. expressly disclaims all warranties, express or implied, of fitness of this research for a particular purpose.</p>
<p>Media Enquiry:</p>
<p>McDATA</p>
<p>Beverly Lu</p>
<p>Tel: 852 2168 9462</p>
<p>Email: Beverly.Lu@mcdata.com</p>
<p>Max Australia</p>
<p>Fiona Martin</p>
<p>Tel: 02 9954 3492</p>
<p>Email: fiona.martin@maxaustralia.com.au</p>

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