EMC, Cisco Strike Reseller Agreement

Wednesday Apr 30th 2003 by Clint Boulton
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EMC agrees to resell Cisco's MDS 900 switch family as well as write software for the switches.

EMC and Cisco Systems expanded their partnership Tuesday, with the Hopkinton, Mass. storage firm agreeing to resell the Cisco MDS 9000 multilayer directors and fabric switches.

Financial details for the agreement were not revealed, but the news firmly places the MDS 900 family, launched after San Jose, Calif.'s Cisco acquired Andiamo last August, into the limelight. It is a sure win over rival switch makers Brocade and McData in the market to make products that filter and forward packets between local area networks. Moreover, the switches are already being resold by IBM.

The MDS 9509 Multilayer Director and MDS 9216 Multilayer Fabric Switch offer several networking and storage interfaces, including Fibre Channel connectivity as well as capabilities for iSCSI and FCIP connectivity.

EMC, who in the co-branding deal will sell the Cisco products as part of its Connectrix SAN line, also pledged to write software applications hosted on the MDS 9000 platform to integrate EMC's storage management, path optimization and data classification with Cisco's security and traffic management services.

Meanwhile, Cisco will provide technical support to EMC to accelerate EMC ControlCenter integration and development of network-hosted open storage applications on the Cisco MDS 9000 family. The Cisco MDS 9000 line will be available from EMC this quarter.

EMC and Cisco have hooked up on various infrastructure projects for more than four years. Cisco is EMC's leading network infrastructure partner; EMC is a leading storage partner in Cisco's Storage Networking and AVVID (Architecture for Voice, Video, and Integrated Data) Partner Program initiatives.

This story originally appeared on internetnews.com.

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