Nortel, EMC work on optically networked storage

In a joint effort to develop the best optically networked storage devices, EMC Corp. and Nortel Networks on Tuesday said they are working together to create storage networking for campus, metro and wide-area systems.

Customers will gain the benefit of high-bandwidth optics that link storage located in remote locations, the companies said. The products will be developed around Nortel's OPTera metro multiservice optics platform and EMC's storage systems and software, said Brian McFadden, president of Nortel's Metro Optical Networks. Nortel and EMC have been working together on the optically networked storage alliance since last year, he said.

Specifically, EMC will provide Symmetrix storage systems with its Connectrix family of fiber switches to connect the storage arrays, said EMC spokesman Rick Lacroix. In addition, EMC will offer its Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) software to coordinate, manage and secure multi-location storage on the network, he said.

Nortel will link locations with its OPTera Metro 5200 DWDM (Dense Wave Division Multiplexing) platform, McFadden said. This is a multiprotocol domain that does not offer single data rate, he said. The OPTera Metro 5200 offers delivery of SONET/SDH (Synchronous Optical NETwork/Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) and native data services, according to Nortel.

Corporate or service provider customers are the target audience for the optically networked storage, he said. Already, EMC-Nortel optical storage networks have been deployed, but McFadden declined to name any customers. The offerings are ideal for data-intensive vertical markets like finance, manufacturing and health care, he said.

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