INRANGE and IBM Expand Reseller Agreement
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INRANGE Technologies and IBM Corp. announced they have expanded their strategic business relationship, and that IBM will resell and service INRANGE's recently released 128-port IN-VSN(TM) FC/9000(TM) Fibre Channel Director. The agreement expands a current reseller relationship, through which IBM has been remarketing INRANGE's 64-port director technology to provide the switching infrastructure for both open systems and IBM FICON storage networks.
"A well-planned, well-executed infrastructure is the foundation of successful communication, commerce, and growth within and between businesses," said Barry Rudolph, IBM vice president for Disk Storage Systems/Software. "Through our relationship with INRANGE, we are able to deliver large-scale storage solutions that support manageable growth, and help end-user demand for flexible, open technology. With the increased capabilities of the FC/9000, large-scale storage deployments such as those based upon our Enterprise Storage Server can be facilitated rapidly and cleanly without enterprise disruption."
In accordance with the IN-VSN technology roadmap announced by INRANGE last year, the 128-port FC/9000 is shipping currently, with 256-port models scheduled for the fourth quarter, 2001. Also in this timeframe, 2 Gbps Fibre Channel technology will be incorporated into the director and INRANGE edge switch products as previously announced. In keeping with INRANGE's multi- protocol expertise, the FC/9000 Director will in 2001 support Fibre Channel, FICON, and Fibre Channel IP concurrently.
"Our commitment to open systems is the cornerstone of INRANGE's storage networking strategy," said Michael Pecora, INRANGE vice president for the IBM Business Unit. "With this expanded agreement, IBM has identified the FC/9000 as a strategic offering in their FICON market space as well as for large scale, open systems."