Compaq is launching new SAN upgrades and will begin selling its own version of IBM's Shark storage server, said company executives at the [email protected] storage conference in New Orleans last week.
According to Wayne Flournoy, multi-vendor storage marketing director at Compaq, part of the upgrades include expanding support for about 20 Fibre Channel SAN switches with up to 300 ports, compared with the current maximum of four switches with 52 ports.
By the second half of the year, Compaq plans to stretch that scalability to more than 1,000 ports. The vendor will also add new director-class switches, as well as 64-port and 128-port Fibre Channel switches.
In addition, Compaq will open up its SAN architecture to allow clients to have SANs designed using rules-based implementation, rather than following the vendor's layouts, Flournoy said.
The company is to also announce general availability of the CSS2105, its version of the IBM Shark enterprise storage server.
Compaq and IBM announced in July that they would collaborate on storage networking interoperability and resell parts of each other's storage lines. IBM is already reselling Compaq's MA8000 array.
The CSS2105, also known as Red Shark in reference to the colour of Compaq's logo, will be identical to Big Blue's Shark and has been certified in interoperability tests with the MA8000.
By making the CSS2105 available to its channel partners, Compaq hopes to be able to extend its StorageWorks product line across the enterprise.
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