SUNNYVALE, Calif.-March 30,
2011-NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) announced today that it is one
of the first storage vendors to support director-class multihop
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) with
Cisco data center switches, allowing customers to create larger
data center network fabrics and drive measurable value with speed
and efficiency by connecting multiple cost-effective FCoE switches.
With director-class multihop, customers now have the
IT flexibility to deploy FCoE in the core of large data
centers, giving them the ability to reduce cost and improve
efficiency on even greater scales.
Cisco solutions are also part of the new
NetApp® Ethernet Advantage Program, which vastly expands
NetApp's ecosystem of technology partners and portfolio of tested,
validated, and supported solutions for FCoE configurations. With
NetApp Ethernet Advantage, customers can quickly find and deploy
the right solution for their specific data center and business
needs, knowing it is fully supported and delivered by NetApp's
robust network of innovative technology partners. Together, support
for FCoE multihop and the NetApp Ethernet Advantage Program give
NetApp customers even greater choice and flexibility when migrating
to FCoE infrastructures by allowing them to leverage their
relationships with trusted vendors through NetApp's extensive
ecosystem of technology partners.
- New support for director-class FCoE allows customers to build
highly available, highly scalable, multiprotocol storage networks.
Multihop FCoE support also gives customers the ability to expand
their network into the core of data centers more cost effectively
than with traditional methods.
- NetApp Ethernet Advantage includes solutions from key NetApp
solution partners like Broadcom, Cisco, Chelsio, and Intel, giving
customers more flexibility in how they migrate their data centers
today and prepare for the future.
- NetApp Ethernet Advantage, a program with more than 200
configurations, provides technology partners with standards by
which they may qualify new and updated solutions. This approach
allows customers to quickly identify and deploy the right solution
for their data center.
- NetApp will resell the Cisco Nexus 5548 PU Switch and will
support multihop with the Cisco Nexus
5000 Series, the Nexus 7000
Series , and MDS 9500
Series Multilayer Directors with the addition of an FCoE
module. The Cisco
Nexus 5548P is currently available worldwide and the Nexus 7000
Series Switch and MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors with an FCoE
module are scheduled to be supported worldwide in May 2011.
- NetApp supports end-to-end FCoE solutions with Windows®
Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL)-certified converged network
- Chris Cummings, vice president of Product and Solutions
"A core component of our strategy to help customers build shared IT infrastructures
and how we provide complete solutions is how closely we work with
our solutions partners. Together, we give our customers the
flexibility they need to efficiently move to converged FCoE
infrastructures at the pace their business dictates. And with FCoE
multihop support and the NetApp Ethernet Advantage Program, we're
expanding how quickly and effectively customers can make that
- Umesh Mahajan, vice president and general manager for
Data Center Switching Technology Group at Cisco
"Cisco is advancing 10-Gigabit Ethernet in the data center with
director-class FCoE multihop, and we're proud to work with other
industry leaders like NetApp. With innovative solutions and strong
relationships with other industry solutions leaders, we're helping
our customers reduce costs and simplify their data centers by
consolidating around flexible FCoE solutions."
- Jason Beckham, vice president of Information Technology
"With NetApp we have a total business solution, not just a storage
solution. By moving to NetApp FCoE solutions, we can support all of
our protocols on a single storage platform and connect with a
single cable, which saved us up to 50% on fabric costs over Fibre
Channel. But because we went with NetApp, we also increased
efficiency and reduced our data pool by 50% simply by using the
built-in storage efficiency features within Data ONTAP®. This
has greatly reduced our TCO and we have much more flexibility to
address our customers' changing and growing needs."
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