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NetApp Supports Seamless Native Interoperability to both Brocade and McData SANS

  • 12 June, 2007 11:51

<p>NetApp Enhances Its SAN Portfolio with the Brocade® 5000 Switch</p>
<p>AUSTRALIA, Sydney – 12 June 2007 – Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leader in advanced networked storage solutions, and the industry’s fastest growing fibre channel (FC) SAN vendor¹ continues to enhance its SAN interoperability and broad switch portfolio by announcing the worldwide availability of the Brocade 5000 Fabric Switch. The Brocade 5000 is the first switch to support connectivity to native Brocade Fabric OS® (fabric operating system) or Brocade M-Enterprise OS (McDATA OS). It also provides the lowest power dissipation for a midrange switch, with savings of 20 percent over the previous Brocade switch models and 76 percent over competing products, contributing to a lower total cost of ownership.</p>
<p>The Brocade 5000 provides NetApp customers greater ease in SAN deployment and management by allowing non-disruptive expansion of existing SAN fabrics with existing management tools that deliver enhanced fabric-wide performance. Customers can also benefit from increased switch to switch bandwidth (up to 32 Gbp/s) and dynamic path selection, which allows customers to balance loads across inter-switch links (ISL’s), also known as “trunks”. Customers can “trunk” distances as far as 250 km, allowing them to connect more data centers and access more data with higher speeds and greater availability. Additionally, eight virtual channels provide quality of service capabilities to help customers optimise the performance of their applications, while ISL trunking optimises performance and simplifies the management of multi-switch SAN fabrics that delivers fabric-wide performance enhancements.</p>
<p>“Brocade and NetApp are aligned in our commitment to help IT management succeed in the next generation of networked storage solutions by providing customers with improved SAN interoperability and a lower total cost of ownership,” said Tom Buiocchi, Brocade Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. “The advanced capabilities of the NetApp® storage systems coupled with the new Brocade 5000 switch provide customers with industry-leading interoperability and investment protection.”</p>
<p>“NetApp is excited to offer the Brocade 5000 switch. It further strengthens our position as the fastest growing FC SAN vendor in the market today,” said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing at Network Appliance. “With this new offering, our customers will easily be able to adapt and expand their FC SAN networks while protecting their existing investments and lowering their power consumption needs.”</p>
<p>To complement the addition of the new FC SAN switch support, NetApp offers SAN design and implementation services and can assist customers in developing a well-documented design and detailed implementation plan when integrating NetApp FC SAN or IP SAN storage systems into existing IT environments. The service allows customers to achieve a smooth and efficient deployment, increases overall utilisation, and, in most cases, provides near-zero downtime during integration. For more information on NetApp services, visit</p>
<p>About Network Appliance</p>
<p>Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today’s data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner firsts that simplify data management. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and services is available at</p>
<p>NetApp is a registered trademark and Network Appliance is a trademark of Network Appliance, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.</p>
<p>¹IDC Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker Q3 2006, December 2006 and Gartner, Inc. Market Share: NAS/Unified Storage, Worldwide, 2000-2005, April 2006</p>
<p>Media Contacts:</p>
<p>Mark Heers
Network Appliance, Inc.
+61 2 9779 5623</p>
<p>Rachel York
Max Australia
+61 2 9954 3492</p>

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