Compaq to use McData hardware

Compaq announced it will market and distribute McData hardware and software products under its own brand name. The move gives Compaq an edge in the Fibre Channel SAN arena.

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Compaq Computer Corp. has agreed to market and distribute McData hardware and software products under the StorageWorks and SANworks brand names.

The move means the Houston, Texas-based Compaq can offer its customers a scalable and upgradeable platform that meets Fibre Channel SAN requirements, as well as future storage networking specifications and emerging protocols.

The Broomfield, Colo.-based McData's Galaxy-class 6000 Series Director and its Enterprise Fabric Connectivity Manager (EFCM) software are the first products that will be introduced by Compaq under the terms of the agreement.

According to John McArthur, group vice president of worldwide networks at the Framingham, Mass.-based IDC, McData brings to Compaq a long history of providing the high-availability features that are essential components of enterprise-level storage networks.

"In return, McData gains access to Compaq's massive customer base.''

According to McData, its 6000 Series Director enables massive scaling for the creation of large SAN fabrics. In addition, Directors allow for the consolidation of SAN islands into complete core-to-edge fabrics, all managed through McData's EFCM, which provides management from a single console. The 6000 Series Director is upgradeable to 2GB and 10GB per second transfer rates and can also be transitioned to support emerging protocols such as iSCSI, FCIP and Infiniband.

Compaq will sell the McData Director and EFCM software through direct and indirect channels beginning in the fourth quarter of 2001.

Let us know what you think about the story, e-mail Kate Evans-Correia, Senior News Editor

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