GiantLoop, Compaq team on optical storage networking

In an attempt to minimize the complexity of SAN technology, GiantLoop Network and Compaq Computer on Monday announced a collaboration that seeks to extend SAN availability, using Compaq's Data Replication Manager solution, over GiantLoop's optical metro networks.

As part of the deal, the two companies will collaborate on system testing, project management, and deployment services. They will also offer consulting services to help customers design and plan their storage infrastructures and integrate their sales and marketing units.

"Our agreement with Compaq means that customers can build industry-proven data replication solutions that offer the highest level of performance and uptime," said Joe Gately, senior vice-president of marketing and alliances of Waltham, Mass.-based Giant Loop, in a statement.

Compaq officials were similarly enthusiastic.

"Through our partnership with GiantLoop Network, we're offering our customer easy access to DWDM [dense wave-division multiplexing]-based optical networks, connecting their remote sites with world-class speed and management services," noted Mark Sorenson, vice-president of Compaq's Enterprise Storage Software and Solutions division, in a statement.

The Data Replication Manager mirrors data to remote locations across a SAN, with DWDM support for optical networks.

In late August, GiantLoop reached a similar deal with storage vendor McData, combining McData's 6000 Series Director SAN solution with GiantLoop's network for enterprise storage. That alliance also involved joint marketing and development for advanced storage features such as remote mirroring, backup, and data replication.

GiantLoop's optical networks are in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, London, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Seattle.

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