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McDATA, HP Announce Multi-Vendor Switch Solution

McDATA(R) Corporation this week announced a fully tested, standards-based interoperability solution with Hewlett-Packard Company.

The interoperable solution between McDATA's 6000 Series Director: ED-6064, sold as the HP Surestore FC-64 switch, and Brocade's Silkworm 2800 is available now and supported through HP.

According to the companies, this is the first interoperability initiative that is managed by a single, fully functional, storage management tool -- the HP OpenView management platform.

"With this solution, McDATA expands on its commitment to drive the industry to open systems in storage area networking," said Mike Gustafson, vice president of worldwide sales for McDATA. "Not only is this a breakthrough in terms of interoperability among vendors, it is also a breakthrough in terms of bringing value to the customer. Providing the customer a fully tested, upgradeable, multi-vendor SAN solution is a top priority for McDATA. We're able to deliver to the customer flexibility and better protection of their prior investments by allowing for legacy upgrades."

"The solution is a landmark step in the drive toward open storage networking. Not only does it allow the customer to upgrade as their storage requirements grow, but it is also the only interoperable solution that is manageable through a single pane of glass," said Don Kleinshnitz, general manager, HP Scalable Network Solutions Division. "Customers now have greater investment protection of their current equipment, an enhanced ability to upgrade and a truly heterogeneous core-to-edge solution."

Daily demonstrations of the multi-vendor switch interoperability soution will be available at HP World in Chicago later this week.