Hitachi Data Systems to resell Ciena gear

APRIL 7, 2008 -- Ciena Corp. says that Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., will resell the CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform and CN 2000 Storage and LAN Extension Platform.

APRIL 7, 2008 -- Ciena Corp. (search for Ciena) says that Hitachi Data Systems (search for Hitachi Data Systems), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., will resell the CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform and CN 2000 Storage and LAN Extension Platform. Hitachi Data Systems, a Ciena BizConnect partner, will leverage the Ciena platforms as part of its network attached storage (NAS) services, including the Hitachi High-performance NAS Platform, powered by BlueArc.

In addition, Ciena's CN 4200 and CN 2000 have been qualified for distance extension with Hitachi Universal Replicator (HUR) and TrueCopy Remote Replication software on Hitachi's Universal Storage Platform V and Universal Storage Platform VM across the metropolitan area network or wide area network (MAN/WAN).

Ciena's CN 4200 platform will provide Hitachi's High-performance NAS Platform customers with the ability to synchronously transport high-bandwidth replication traffic between geographically dispersed environments using Hitachi TrueCopy synchronous replication software. Hitachi customers can also benefit as a result of the agreement from Ciena's CN 2000 for extension of their business continuance and disaster recovery applications.

"The continued proliferation of file servers and appliances is creating complexity within the storage infrastructure, which requires a dynamic environment that is not just for storage of files, but a true consolidation that can optimize NAS environments," said Steve TenBarge, vice president, global product marketing, Hitachi Data Systems. "With Ciena's CN 4200 and CN 2000, our High-performance NAS Platform can help organizations with performance-driven applications consolidate their ever-expanding NAS solutions and simplify the supporting infrastructure while reducing costs and improving data availability."

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