Hewlett Packard (HP) has signed a reseller agreement with Cisco Systems to offer the networking giant's MDS 9000 family of multi-layer directors and fabric switches to enterprise customers.
The move enables HP to ship the Cisco-based storage area network (San) products to its global customer base. The first products will be the Cisco MDS 9509 Multilayer Director and the Cisco MDS 9216 Multilayer Fabric Switch.
"HP's San leadership is built on a commitment to open, modular solutions that alleviate the headache of managing multi-vendor storage," said Roger Archibald, vice president and general manager, HP Infrastructure and Network Attached Storage Division.
"Our choice of the industry's top switches gives customers greater flexibility to implement a solution that best fits their business and IT needs.
"As customers migrate to multi-protocol Sans, HP will continue to work with partners like Cisco to provide fully tested and supported solutions that seamlessly enable this transition."
The Cisco MDS 9000 family of enterprise products delivers network services such as multi-protocol and multi-transport integration, virtual Sans, advanced traffic management, embedded diagnostics and role-based security.
Through an embedded fabric manager and integration with HP OpenView Storage Area Manager software, the MDS family delivers unified San management.
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