Cisco Extended Services Interoperable Compaq SAN Software

Cisco Systems, Inc. announced that the Cisco ONS 15540 Extended Services Platform is now interoperable with the Compaq SANworks Data Replication Manager (DRM) System, a software-based disaster recovery solution for storage area networks (SANs) in local and extended domains.

Compaq confirmed laboratory interoperability after completing integration testing that it said included numerous storage recovery and restore functions such as synchronous and asynchronous remote copy, as well as a variety of failover scenarios. Applications tested included Fibre Channel extension over metro-area distances and support for Compaq StorageWorks MA8000/EMA12000 storage solutions.

“More than ever, customers today are turning to storage and network systems vendors to provide effective solutions for business continuance as an integral part of their overall IT strategies,” said Mark Sorenson, vice president of Compaq Storage Software and Solution Division. “Compaq’s collaboration with Cisco combines the best of our respective technologies to achieve disaster recovery over greater distances using an ultra high-bandwidth optical infrastructure.”

According to Cisco, the Cisco ONS 15540 is part of its Complete Optical Multiservice Edge & Transport portfolio and is a fully modular and scalable system. It is built on dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology, which enables a fiber pair to be utilized simultaneously by multiple optical wavelengths. Cisco said the Cisco ONS 15540 makes it possible for customers to cost effectively and transparently multiplex numerous data streams, each of which can be a different protocol and can run at different speeds, across a single fiber pair.

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