Hewlett Packard (HP) has signed two new software deals aimed at extending its storage capabilities.
The company, which already has a close relationship with storage area network developer Brocade, has announced the first joint development between the two companies.
The deal will integrate HP's VersaStor product into Brocade's Fabric application platform.
Both companies said that the result will be a range of intelligent switches designed to allow continuous access to storage appliances from remote locations.
The platform was originally developed by networking company Rhapsody, which was recently bought by Brocade. HP was expected to buy the company itself, but Brocade closed the deal.
"We chose Brocade for a reason," said Howard D Elias, senior vice president and general manager of HP networked storage solutions.
"Intelligent switching is vital to achieving HP's goal of storage interoperability. [Brocade's] hardware is excellent and we've a history of working well together."
A deal with Microsoft will see HP offering full network attached storage (Nas) integration by the end of the year.
An IDC survey last year found that the Windows-powered Nas marketplace has grown 30 per cent in the past two years.
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