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EMC to Develop Open Storage Software for Brocade SilkWorm Fabric Application Platform

EMC is announcing at the Brocade Conference that it will develop intelligent infrastructure software for the new Brocade SilkWorm Fabric Application Platform, "enabling new levels of data delivery, management, scalability, and performance in heterogeneous storage environments," the companies state.

Brocade says the SilkWorm Fabric Application Platform, announced last month, "is the industry's first open, intelligent platform for fabric-based applications." By adding a new SilkWorm Fabric Application Platform switch to an existing SAN utilizing Brocade technology, customers will be able to further extend storage and data management capabilities with the assurance of compatibility with thousands of existing SANs across the world utilizing Brocade technology, according to Brocade.

Brocade expects to make the SilkWorm Fabric Application Platform available to OEM partners in the second half of 2003.

EMC sells and supports the SilkWorm 3800 16-port, SilkWorm 3900 32-port, and SilkWorm 12000 Core Fabric switch under the EMC Connectrix brand.

Brocade and HDS Deliver 'Out-of-the-Box' SAN Solution for Microsoft Exchange Storage Consolidation

In another news development at the Brocade Conference, Brocade and Hitachi Data Systems are announcing a pre-tested, pre-configured networked storage solution designed to reduce email storage and management costs for businesses migrating their email infrastructure from Microsoft Exchange 5.5 to Microsoft Exchange 2000.

Based on the Hitachi Freedom Storage Thunder 9500 V Series storage system, Brocade SilkWorm fabric switches, and Emulex HBAs, the solution "greatly simplifies the purchase, installation, and management of SANs for Microsoft Exchange 2000 and Windows 2000 environments," the companies claim. The solution will be available in the second quarter of 2003 and will be delivered worldwide through Hitachi Data Systems authorized resellers.

"With the exponential rise in data resulting from email, our customers are demanding solutions that simplify email migration and management," states Charlie Westling, vice president of Market Development for Datalink, a Hitachi Data Systems reseller. "With this combined effort from Hitachi Data Systems and Brocade, we can more easily fulfill customer needs in a Microsoft Exchange environment and be confident that we're providing a best-of-breed solution."

The bundled SAN solution targets the challenge of multiple "email islands," a common phenomenon that arises when businesses expand their corporate email infrastructure incrementally by adding Exchange servers with direct-attached storage. As these stove-piped Exchange environments grow, they generate increasing management costs, diminished storage and overall resource utilization, and lengthier backups and restores.

The bundle includes a Thunder 9532V storage deck with 645GB of raw storage capacity, two Brocade SilkWorm 3800 16-port Enterprise Fabric Switches, four Emulex Host Bus Adaptors, and Brocade and Hitachi Data Systems management tools. It will be available from Hitachi Data Systems and its local resellers who offer Microsoft software, installation, and migration services.

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