McDATA and EMC Announce Availability of 2Gb/s Director and Switches

McDATA announced earlier this week that EMC is offering McDATA’s full family of core-to-edge 2Gb/s storage networking solutions. As a result, EMC will offer to its customers McDATA’s Intrepid 6000 Series Director and it’s Sphereon 3000 Series Fabric Switches as the Connectrix ED-64M, DS-32M2 and DS-16M2, respectively.

McDATA’s family of core-to-edge 2Gb/s storage networking products — including its Intrepid 6000 Series Directors and its Sphereon 3000 Series 16 and 32 port Fabric Switches — are built on its common, Director-class Extendable Open Network (EON) Architecture. Managing McDATA’s hardware products is EFC Manager (branded by EMC as Connectrix Manager Software) part of McDATA’s Epoch Software Architecture.

“EMC is laser-focused on delivering highly robust, scalable storage networking solutions to meet the needs of the most demanding customer environments,” said Don Swatik, EMC Vice President of Global Alliances and Information Sciences. “McDATA’s family of 2Gb/s storage networking products greatly strengthens our ability to offer customers the industry’s most complete and innovative networked information storage solutions.”

“Including McDATA’s 2Gb/s core-to-to-edge product line, extends the longstanding partnership McDATA has with EMC, and brings the most advanced SAN products on the market today to EMC’s customers,” said John Kelley, President and Chief Operating Officer of McDATA. “We also recently finalized our contract with EMC, which includes the terms and conditions for the sale of McDATA’s full family of core-to-edge 2Gb/s storage networking solutions. Based on the terms of this contract, coupled with the cost efficiencies we have designed into our 2Gb/s products, McDATA expects to realize favorable economies in the third quarter and beyond.”

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