Cisco Systems, Inc., a provider of networking for the Internet, announced that the Cisco ONS 15540 Extended Services Platform and the Cisco SN 5420 Storage Router, both storage networking platforms, have completed interoperability tests in numerous storage and storage management environments. Several vendors -- Brocade, Intel, McData, and VERITAS -- have qualified the Cisco storage networking solutions as fully interoperable with their respective solutions.
The Cisco ONS 15540 is Cisco's high-end metro dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) platform. It is the enabling technology in the "Storage over Metro Optical" solution area of the Cisco Storage Networking Initiative. The Cisco SN 5420 Storage Router is a commercially available networking platform based on the iSCSI (Internet Small Computer Systems Interface) protocol. It is the enabling technology in Cisco's "IP Access to Storage" solution area.
The Cisco Storage Networking Initiative and its four solution areas outline Cisco's comprehensive strategies for unifying data and storage networks, which lowers customers' total cost of owning and managing storage as part of their overall IT infrastructure. The initiative is based on Cisco AVVID (Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data), an open, standards-based architecture that defines how companies can integrate technologies such as storage networking seamlessly into an underlying network foundation.
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