ADVA's FSP 2000 completes interoperability testing with HP Metrocluster servers

July 12, 2004 Martinsried/Munich, Germany and Mahwah, NJ--ADVA Optical Networking today announced that its Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 2000 system has successfully completed interoperability and certification testing with Hewlett Packard's (HP's) S86000 and S76000 servers as part of the high-end HP Metroclusters for NonStop servers solution.

July 12, 2004 Martinsried/Munich, Germany and Mahwah, NJ--ADVA Optical Networking today announced that its Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 2000 system has successfully completed interoperability and certification testing with Hewlett Packard's (HP's) S86000 and S76000 servers as part of the high-end HP Metroclusters for NonStop servers solution. HP conducted the testing at its NonStop Enterprise division (NED) test lab in Cupertino, CA.

This certification now enables Fortune 100 companies deploying an HP Metroclusters for NonStop servers business continuity solution in a single location to achieve greater risk diversification and security by extending the distance between multiple servers up to 15 km using ADVA's FSP 2000 optical networking platform.

Growing focus on risk management and business continuity, as well as greater awareness of the benefits of distributed storage connectivity, has resulted in an increasing number of comprehensive storage solutions implemented by enterprises. The HP Metroclusters for NonStop servers solution is a high-performance server-to-server interconnect, which enables up to 1024 processors to perform as if they were all within a single 16-processor system. NonStop's guaranteed delivery message system and ServerNet's low latency and low overhead make the HP Metroclusters for NonStop servers the highest performing connection for this distance.

ADVA's FSP 2000 system relies on CWDM and DWDM technology to minimize the capital and ongoing operating expenditures while simultaneously maximizing the capacity, speed, and security of transporting mission-critical applications over fiber-optic networks. The ADVA business continuity solution with HP creates entirely new, advanced options for securing an enterprise's mission-critical data, enabling continuous
application availability during situations of extreme disaster.

HP's efforts to extensively test and integrate storage networking hardware and software products have made it a market leader in high-end clustering and data replication solutions. ADVA's FSP systems, designed and optimized specifically for the metro area, deliver a flexibility, scalability, and robustness that now expand the opportunities for comprehensive storage and clustering solutions for HP's NonStop servers.

"We value this new relationship with HP and are extending collaboration efforts beyond high-end clustering applications to include data replication, nomadic disk extension, and other storage networking solutions for enterprise business continuity," noted Brian P. McCann, ADVA's chief marketing and strategy officer.

"The benefits of business continuity are extensive: protecting an enterprise's mission-critical data and applications from potential disasters, meeting new legislation requirements, optimizing network investments, and minimizing capital and operating expenditures," said Chris Rooke, vice president of solutions and marketing, NED, HP. "ADVA's FSP optical networking systems provide the critical high-speed connectivity, low latency, and bandwidth cost savings needed to optimize an HP Metroclusters for NonStop servers solution ­ all at an entry price point and total cost of ownership ratio that provide a strong and highly compelling value proposition to the enterprise customer."

ADVA's FSP 2000 was launched in May 2001 as the successor product to the FSP-II product. Now in its seventh major new feature release, the FSP 2000 provides a seamless upgrade path from the FSP-II, also sold by Cisco Systems as the Metro 1500. Targeted toward enterprises and carriers, the parallel use of CWDM/DWDM and TDM technologies enable up to 512 applications to be transported over a single fiber pair up to 200 km. Its robust character and ability to transport all protocols between 8 Mbit/secs and 10 Gbits/sec make the FSP 2000 an ideal solution for storage networks. Recently introduced features include a unique CWDM/DWDM hybrid solution, which enables initial deployment of 2 or 4 channels and the incremental of up to 20 channels as future needs dictate.

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