Cisco has lifted the lid on two remote backup and disaster recovery products targeted at the growing number of companies building long-distance links between datacentres.
The Cisco MDS 9216i Multiprotocol switch and the Cisco MDS 9000 Multiprotocol Services Module are designed for cost-effective, secure transport of storage outside of the datacentre over wide area networks.
Targeted at enterprises needing to link datacentres several hundred kilometres apart, the products are part of a recent Cisco market focus on data continuity.
Both are equipped with 14 Fibre Channel ports running at 2Gbps, along with two Gigabit Ethernet ports which can be programmed to support either Fibre Channel over TCP/IP (FCIP) or iSCSI storage standards.
They also feature hardware-assisted compression, FCIP tape acceleration, hardware-based IPSec encryption, and extended Fibre Channel buffer credits - all designed to make storage area network (San) extension over metro and wide area networks more efficient, less costly and more secure.
The Cisco MDS 9216i is a stand-alone system and shares a common architecture with the Cisco MDS 9000 Family.
Both products are currently undergoing qualification testing with Cisco's storage reseller partners, with pricing and availability to be announced by the individual companies in the fourth quarter.
Cisco said that 90 per cent of its largest 100 sales prospects recently named San extensions as their top network priority, heading a list that included San, server and datacentre consolidation.
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