Hostworks selects Sorrento Networks' metro optical gear for SAN Deployment

JANUARY 26, 2009 -- Australian application managed service provider Hostworks has chosen Sorrento Networks' GigaMux 3200 metro optical transport equipment to address the storage area network (SAN) needs of one of its major customers in the public sector.

JANUARY 26, 2009 -- Australian application managed service provider Hostworks has chosen Sorrento Networks' (search for Sorrento Networks) GigaMux 3200 metro optical transport equipment to address the storage area network (SAN) needs of one of its major customers in the public sector. This is first time Hostworks has linked a SAN at its own data center with a SAN at a customer data center.

To best serve its customer's SAN architecture needs, Hostworks says it selected Sorrento's GigaMux 3200 to connect its data center with the customer's data center on the other side of the city. The GigaMux 3200 uses dark fiber links to deliver multiple services of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) and 4 GbE Fibre Channel, providing complete data center-to-data center connectivity for multi-site SAN replication, say Hostworks representatives.

"As well as being competitively priced, the GigaMux 3200 delivered all of the required specifications compared with competing products," notes Marty Gauvin, managing director of Hostworks. "Sorrento also provided fast delivery and implementation. The unit was delivered from the U.S. within two days and deployed within two weeks, whereas other vendors were talking about timeframes of two to three months."

"Sorrento's technology provides a high-performance internetworking solution that was deployed in record time to meet the customer's requirements and delivered the fastest return on investment," adds Gauvin.

A protocol-independent design allows the GigaMux 3200 to transport and extend the traffic of SONET/SDH, layer 2/3 Ethernet, and SAN simultaneously and in their native format, says Sorrento. By supporting each traffic type natively, Hostworks can grow and evolve the network based on its customer's SAN requirements.

"As bandwidth demands escalate and government mandates surrounding the maintenance of comprehensive records increase, SAN applications will continue to be a necessity for public sector agencies," explains Jim Nevelle, CEO of Sorrento Networks. "And now more than ever, service providers and enterprises need a cost-effective way to meet these regulations and still be able to conduct business as usual. The GigaMux 3200 gives Hostworks the DWDM intelligence they need to help their customers increase bandwidth and meet data storage policies."


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