McDATA Strengthens European Presence


McDATA Corporation(R) today announced it is bolstering its European services by signing an Elite Partner and adding to its European sales force.

McDATA said it expanded its distribution channel by partnering with Magirus, a German-based value-added distributor of client-server solutions. McDATA also enhanced its capabilities to support and develop sales throughout Europe by hiring Juergen Carbon as senior sales manager, channels EMEA.

Through this agreement, Magirus -- a McDATA Elite Partner -- adds McDATA's industry-leading storage area network (SAN) full family of solutions to its portfolio, including McDATA's Galaxy-class 6000 Series Directors, 3000 Series Fabric Switches, 1000 Series Loop Switches, and McDATA's Enterprise Solutions Architecture(TM) software: Enterprise Operating System (E/OS(TM)) and Enterprise Fabric Connectivity Management (EFCM).

"With Magirus as a distributor of our complete core-to-edge SAN solutions portfolio, we have won a strong partner with a broad access to mid-sized enterprises all over Europe," said Mike Gustafson, vice president of worldwide sales for McDATA. "At the same time, we also gain an experienced and talented senior sales manager in Juergen Carbon."

In Europe, Carbon will develop additional indirect distribution channels for McDATA's solutions and will provide additional support for McDATA's complete line of hardware, software and services solutions.


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