EMC Corporation announced it has tripled the distance possible with Fibre Channel -- or ESCON-based -- storage networks, helping customers more efficiently manage challenges ranging from increasing information workloads and cost constraints to rolling power blackouts and natural disasters.
EMC has extended the reach of its Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) remote mirroring and disaster recovery solution to what the company claims is an industry-first: 200 kilometers using native Fibre Channel or ESCON interconnections, with no expected impact on performance. The enhancement more than triples the previously qualified distances.
Further, EMC has extended the qualified distance between Symmetrix and server systems (host channel extension) to 200 km over Fibre Channel-based storage networks.
Fully qualified as EMC E-Lab Tested, the solution consists of EMC SRDF real-time data mirroring software, EMC Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems, EMC Connectrix Fibre Channel connectivity devices, and Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5200 Multiservice Platform for DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing).
The ability to network storage facilities located across greater geographic distances without the need for protocol conversion and without sacrificing performance enhances users' ability to protect mission-critical data in the event of a disaster. In addition, real-time data mirroring from the primary data center to more widely distributed locations can provide improved service levels across the enterprise.
By significantly extending the reach of Fibre Channel and ESCON, the EMC-Nortel Networks solution helps eliminate the need for transporting storage data via leased, low-bandwidth T1 or T3 lines. T3-based transport can be up to three times more expensive than leasing Fibre Channel and ESCON links. In addition, Fibre Channel and ESCON over DWDM provides orders of magnitude more bandwidth.
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) provides information storage systems, software, networks and services. For more information, visit www.EMC.com.