Cisco and IBM announce interoperability testing

Aug. 1, 2001--Cisco Systems, Inc., a provider of networking for the Internet, announced that joint interoperability testing of the Cisco ONS 15540 in the IBM eServer z900 Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex environments is in the final stages.

Aug 1st, 2001

Cisco Systems, Inc., a provider of networking for the Internet, announced that joint interoperability testing of the Cisco ONS 15540 in the IBM eServer z900 Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS) environments is in the final stages, with IBM expecting to fully qualify the Cisco ONS 15540 in September.

The interoperability test is being conducted to demonstrate that the Cisco ONS 15540, Cisco's highest-end dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) system, can support the required GDPS storage and mainframe protocols over metropolitan-area fiber optics networks. Included in the testing will be support for IBM's Peer to Peer Remote Copy (PPRC) software on the IBM Enterprise Storage Server (code named "Shark"). The combined high-performance DWDM and GDPS solution can offer Cisco's and IBM's mutual customers the availability for their applications and minimize the impact of planned and unplanned outages.

The Cisco ONS 15540 and GDPS qualification is the latest project in the Cisco/IBM alliance, the goal of which is to deliver to customers the most comprehensive, end-to-end information technology solutions in the industry. As part of this qualification process, IBM Global Services (IGS) will provide full deployment support of GDPS systems including turnkey implementations of the Cisco ONS 15540.

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