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McData expands deal with EMC

EMC is adding McData's newest product, the Galaxy-Class ED-6064 Director, to its family of storage products, the companies said in a Webcast Monday.

EMC will sell the 64-port McData Director as the EMC Connectrix ED-64M Director.

The reseller agreement builds on an existing relationship between Broomfield, Colo.-based McData and Hopkinton, Mass.-headquartered EMC. Under the new terms of the relationship, EMC will sell McData's expanded family of products including its Fibre Channel directors and fabric switches, and will continue to integrate McData management software into EMC's Connectrix Manager.

A director is a multi-port Fibre Channel fabric switch with any-to-any connectivity so any devices on the switch can be connected to each other in a non-blocking manner. According to industry veteran and storage writer Rick Cook, while directors are more expensive than switches, the trade off is a higher level of reliability.

"This expanded relationship allows us to extend McData's family of products across our full line of Symmetrix and Clariion storage systems," said Chuck Hollis, EMC's senior director of product marketing.

The agreement also has EMC selling McData's ES-3032 and ES-3016 fabric switches as the EMC Connectrix DS-32M and DS-16M, respectively, which are targeted at the midrange environment.

The EMC, McData relationship has been in place for three years. EMC was the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to market McData's ED-5000 Director, selling it as the EMC Connectrix ED-1032.

Steve Duplessie, founder of the Milford, Mass.-based analyst firm the Enterprise Storage Group, said that EMC adding McData's 64-port director to its product mix will prove beneficial for both companies.

McData's current family of products include the ED-6064 Galaxy-Class Director, ED-5000 Director, the ES-3032 and ES-3016 Fabric Switches and the Enterprise Fabric Connectivity (EFC) Manager, a software solution that manages all switched components from one console.

Let us know what you think about the story, e-mail Kevin Komiega, assistant news editor


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