AUSTRALIA, Sydney - 15 March 2007
Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leader in advanced
networked storage solutions, today announced the worldwide
availability of two new Brocade Director blades: the 48-port
4Gbit/sec port blade and the FR4-18i router blade, both compatible
with the Brocade 48000 Director. These offerings help meet the
flexibility and investment protection needs of demanding storage
area network (SAN) deployments and strengthen and extend the
overall NetApp® SAN portfolio.
The Brocade 48000 Director, combined with the new 48-port blade,
allows NetApp customers to scale non-disruptively up to as many as
384 concurrently active 4Gbit/sec full-duplex ports in a single
domain, providing higher availability, reliability, and
scalability. Increasing SAN connectivity options and improving
resource utilization, the Brocade FR4-18i router blade enables
customers to achieve a performance-enhanced implementation of Fibre
Channel over IP (FCIP) that delivers the industry-best throughput
for transmitting SAN data over long-distance IP networks.
"Brocade has a long working relationship with NetApp to provide
solutions that help customers consolidate and simplify their SANs,"
said Tom Buiocchi, Brocade vice president of Marketing. "The
seamless scalability and best value for performance SANs that the
NetApp FAS storage systems provides, especially the new FAS3070,
complements the higher port count and performance-optimised routing
blades of the Brocade 48000."
"NetApp is the fastest-growing FC SAN vendor in the market today
and we continue to add to our FC SAN portfolio, enabling customers
to consolidate their large-scale data centre environments and
achieve optimal performance," said Patrick Rogers, vice president
of Products and Partners at Network Appliance.
"Our growth momentum in the FC SAN market in 2006 and continued
leadership in iSCSI and NAS demonstrate that data centre customers
find real value in our products and services," said Elisa Steele,
vice president of Corporate Marketing at Network Appliance. "Our
data centre solutions help our customers deliver outstanding
business results every day with maximised productivity, increased
availability, and reduced costs."
By deploying a flexible NetApp SAN infrastructure of hardware and
software, organisations can easily move and share storage resources
across the enterprise without adding significant administrative
overhead. NetApp enterprise software enables a host of
cost-effective storage solutions such as disaster recovery,
compliance, archival, content management, and data security.
Plus, NetApp SAN design and implementation services are available
and can assist customers in developing a well-documented design and
detailed implementation plan when integrating NetApp FC SAN or IP
SAN storage systems into existing IT environments. The service
allows customers to achieve a smooth and efficient deployment,
increases overall utilization, and, in most cases, provides
near-zero downtime during integration. For more information on
NetApp services, visit www.netapp.com/support
About Network Appliance
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for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992,
Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner
firsts that simplify data management. Information about Network
Appliance™ solutions and services is available at www-au.netapp.com
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