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STORAGETEK ADVANCES INFORMATION LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT WITH ENHANCED ROUTER SOLUTION FROM BROCADE

  • 07 September, 2004 11:34

<p>New Brocade SilkWorm Multiprotocol Router to be Available [RA1]for StorageTek Customers Worldwide</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia - September, 7, 2004 - No SAN is an island. Or at least, it doesn't have to be.</p>
<p>StorageTek® (Storage Technology Corporation, NYSE: STK), the leading provider of enterprise information lifecycle management, and Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (Brocade®) (Nasdaq: BRCD), the world's leading provider of storage infrastructure solutions, today announced availability of the Brocade® SilkWorm® Multiprotocol Router.</p>
<p>StorageTek customers in SAN environments can now benefit from enhanced resource utilization and seamless data movement across distributed SAN 'islands,' locally and across long distances, and over multiple protocols.</p>
<p>"A versatile storage network backbone is one of the most critical components for advancing a successful information lifecycle strategy across enterprise datacenters," said Philip Belcher, Managing Director for StorageTek Australia / New Zealand. "With the SilkWorm Multiprotocol Router, our customers can maximize the value of their distributed storage resources and achieve a more secure, flexible, and functional Inter-SAN foundation, cost-effectively and non-disruptively."</p>
<p>With the SilkWorm Multiprotocol Router, StorageTek customers can share storage resources in a SAN across multiple fabrics with minimal changes to the existing network design. The FC-FC routing and FCIP tunneling capabilities of the SilkWorm Multiprotocol Router enable StorageTek customers to implement information lifecycle management across the different SAN islands, departmental SANs, or global SANs interconnected by IP networks. The SilkWorm Multiprotocol Router enables customers to increase resource utilization, thereby minimizing requirements for primary storage in each fabric.</p>
<p>"Our switches and routers are tested and qualified by StorageTek to be compatible with their advanced enterprise storage solutions, enabling joint Brocade - StorageTek solutions to be quickly and easily deployed at customer sites worldwide," said Tom Buiocchi, Vice President of Marketing, Brocade. "Together with StorageTek, we continue to drive intelligence at the networking layer and deliver a more feature-rich storage environment highlighted by flexibility, availability, and security capabilities designed to support mission-critical SAN infrastructures."</p>
<p>In addition to offering the SilkWorm Mulitprotocol Router, StorageTek currently offers Brocade SilkWorm 3250, 3850, and 3900 Fabric Switches and SilkWorm 24000 and 12000 Directors to customers worldwide. StorageTek Global Services provides a comprehensive methodology to deliver assessment, design, implementation, and management services for heterogeneous SAN solutions and has installed and maintains over 4,000 heterogeneous SANs worldwide. For more information on StorageTek's storage networking solutions, visit http://www.storagetek.com/products/category_page2006.html</p>
<p>ABOUT BROCADE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS, INC.
Brocade offers the industry's leading intelligent platform for networking storage. The world's leading systems, applications, and storage vendors have selected Brocade to provide a networking foundation for their SAN solutions. The Brocade SilkWorm family of fabric switches and software is designed to optimize data availability and storage and server resources in the enterprise. Using Brocade solutions, organizations can simplify SAN implementation, reduce the total cost of ownership of data storage environments, and improve network and application efficiency. For more information, visit the Brocade Web site at www.brocade.com or contact the company at info@brocade.com.</p>
<p>ABOUT STORAGETEK
StorageTek is a $2 billion global company that enables businesses, through its information lifecycle management strategy, to align the cost of storage with the value of information. The company's innovative storage solutions manage the complexity and growth of information, lower costs, improve efficiency and protect investments. For more information, see www.storagetek.com, or call 1.800.877.9220 or 303.673.5151.</p>
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TRADEMARKS: StorageTek and the StorageTek logo are registered trademarks of Storage Technology Corporation. Brocade, the Brocade B weave logo, Fabric OS, Secure Fabric OS, and SilkWorm are registered trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries. Other names mentioned may be trademarks of Storage Technology Corporation or other vendors/manufacturers.</p>
<p>MEDIA CONTACT:
David Sanday
Bowes Communications
+61 (0)2 9387 2333
david.sanday@bowespr.com</p>
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