Nortel Networks, Brocade to deliver optical storage applications

May 15, 2002--Brocade Communications Systems, and Nortel Networks today announced several joint initiatives, including completion of extensive interoperability testing; expansion of their current relationship; and availability of three jointly developed, pre-tested SAN applications.

Brocade Communications Systems, provider of infrastructure for Storage Area Networks (SANs), and Nortel Networks today announced several joint initiatives, including completion of extensive interoperability testing; expansion of their current relationship; and availability of three jointly developed, pre-tested SAN applications that will enable enterprises to internetwork their SANs across metropolitan and wide area networks.

By internetworking Brocade fabrics over distance using optical infrastructure from Nortel Networks, companies can implement cost-effective business continuance solutions such as data mirroring, data replication, electronic tape vaulting, and remote server clustering to protect critical business information. Brocade and Nortel Networks have expanded their current relationship to accelerate deployment of optical SAN solutions to their mutual customers worldwide.

"Enterprises are looking for pre-tested, robust, and cost-effective solutions to internetwork SANs over metro distances to meet their business continuity needs," explains Dianne McAdam, analyst with Illuminata Inc. "Relationships such as the one announced by Brocade and Nortel Networks will be critical to delivering solutions that allow enterprises to achieve a high return on investment from their business continuity solution."

The companies have completed extensive interoperability testing between Nortel Networks' metro DWDM products and Brocade intelligent fabric switches--including the recently announced 2-Gbit/sec Brocade SilkWorm 3200, 3800, and 12000--through the Brocade Fabric Aware Program, a comprehensive testing and configuration initiative designed to foster end-to-end SAN interoperability in multi-vendor storage networking environments. Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5100 and 5200 Multiservice Platforms are the first DWDM products to be Fabric Aware tested and qualified with the complete Brocade SilkWorm family of next-generation SAN infrastructure.

Brocade and Nortel Networks have also developed and pre-tested three new configurations for remote mirroring, remote consolidated backup, and remote centralized storage, designed to help ensure businesses always have access to mission-critical information. As a result of intensive testing and validation by Nortel Networks and Brocade, the two companies have introduced joint SOLUTIONware application notes that provide detailed instructions on how to configure and deploy Nortel Networks optical infrastructure in a Brocade SAN environment.

For more information about Brocade (San Jose), visit the company's Web site at www.brocade.com. Additional information about Nortel Networks (Ottawa, Ontario) can be found on the Web at www.nortelnetworks.com.

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