Bell Microproducts Announces New Consolidated SAN Solution

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Bell Microproducts have announced the launch of a consolidated and interoperable storage solution targeting VARs serving the Windows NT/2000 end user market.

The SAN solution is available as both a basic 216GB configuration, and a high availability 438GB configuration. The packages are designed to help VARs deliver the availability, manageability, scalability and security of storage networking environments, within a solution that is priced for entry-level SAN environments.

According to Bell Microproducts, the solution frees Windows NT/2000 customers from complex legacy storage environments by giving them the ability to share storage across the organization and to easily increase storage capacity when needed to reduce direct and indirect costs. Pre-tested and pre-certified by the Bell Micro Solution Center with available documentation, the solution targets departmental SANs and small-to-medium enterprise installations. The package includes storage, switches, HBAs, media, cables and documentation with optional installation, service, support, and training. The list price starts at under $43k to the end user and provides VARs the ability to deliver a fully configured and supported solution to their customers.

The solutions marry industry leading products: StorageTek’s D173 disk subsystem and SANtricity Storage Manager networked with Brocade SilkWorm 3200 Entry Fabric switches, and host bus adapters from Emulex Corporation. The bundle is sourced through the Bell Micro Solution Center and Bell Microproduct’s new Enterprise Solutions Division.

“Bell Microproducts is proud to offer this quick, easy-to-deploy storage solution,” said Phil Roussey, Executive Vice President Enterprise Marketing for Bell Microproducts. “This is the third turnkey offering we as a company have released. SAN development can be a daunting task for resellers, these basic solutions have proven to be a powerful way to both acquaint them with the platform as well as to jump-start them into one of the hottest technology segments available. This solution combines industry leading products from Emulex, Brocade and StorageTek. Backed by our award winning Solution Center, resellers can deploy this with confidence.”

“Ideally suited for small and medium business SAN requirements, and enterprise departmental solutions such as server clustering, the SilkWorm 3200 provides the most cost-effective entry point available today for companies moving to storage area networks. Packaged solutions bundled with service and support, like this one from Bell Microproducts, help VARs enable companies move to SANs and enable continuous access to business information, increased application performance, and reduced total cost of ownership of storage environments,” said Jeffrey Brooks, Brocade Chief Marketing Officer.

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