StorageNetworks and Brocade Expand Alliance

StorageNetworks Inc. and Brocade Communications Systems announced an expansion of the relationship between the two companies that they said will provide even more comprehensive SAN technology and services to enterprise customers.

StorageNetworks also announced plans to test and certify the next-generation Brocade Core Fabric Switch, the Brocade SilkWorm 12000, for compatibility with StorageNetworks STORos operating system. StorageNetworks currently uses Brocade SAN infrastructure in the delivery of its data storage management services and has tested and certified interoperability of its STORos operating system with the Brocade SilkWorm(R) 2000 family of fabric switches.

According to StorageNetworks, enterprise SAN customers will benefit from the combination of Brocade’s scalable, reliable networking foundation for storage environments and StorageNetworks’ multi-vendor storage management software and services.

“Our teams have worked closely for the past two years to speed the deployment and enhance the manageability of multi-vendor SANs,” said Peter Bell, chairman and CEO of StorageNetworks. “This effort is dramatically improving the management efficiencies and significantly reducing overall costs in large enterprise storage environments.”

“As the deployments of storage area networks scale larger and as customers internetwork SANs across longer distances using DWDM and optical technologies, the ability to centralize management of the storage environment becomes critical,” said Greg Reyes, Brocade chairman and CEO. “We are pleased to work with StorageNetworks to allow our joint customers to take advantage of the benefits of managed storage services.”

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