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McDATA and Fujitsu Team to Achieve Fujitsu's First Intercontinental Data Mirroring

  • 06 April, 2006 14:13

<p>Sydney, Australia. - 6 April 2006 - McDATA Corporation, a leading provider of data networking solutions, today announced that Fujitsu Computer Systems will demonstrate storage based technology that enables the company to replicate data between Colorado Springs, Colo., and Tokyo, Japan, using McDATA's Eclipse(tm) 1620 SAN Routers. The demonstration takes place this week during Storage Networking World (in the Storage Management Solution Centre), and is the first time data has been mirrored between two Fujitsu ETERNUS(tm)6000 storage arrays on separate continents.</p>
<p>"This ability to mirror data between continents addresses the needs of our customers to mirror data centres that are 10,000 or 10 miles apart," said Richard McCormack, senior vice president of marketing, Fujitsu. "We chose McDATA SAN routers for this ground breaking project because of the company's industry leadership and experience using routers and SAN extension products to replicate data over long distances."</p>
<p>The ability to move data without geographic restrictions demonstrates Fujitsu's commitment to delivering world-class storage solutions to meet its customers' demands. It also provides McDATA with an opportunity to leverage some of the technology being developed by Fujitsu in the United States, particularly for disaster recovery and business continuance solutions.</p>
<p>"McDATA's leadership role in the data networking marketplace put us in a unique position to be a part of Fujitsu's innovative breakthrough," said Todd Oseth, COO, McDATA. "McDATA's SAN router technology allows customers to cost-effectively mirror data over thousands of miles and demonstrates how we mobilise the world's data."</p>
<p>Fujitsu built the data mirroring solution by leveraging the McDATA routers' broad multi-protocol interoperability spanning both Fibre Channel and IP networks. The routers enable Fujitsu to overcome the local limitations of Fibre Channel and take advantage of mirroring data over the Internet. The entire trip spans more than 20,000 circuit miles, with only a 200-millisecond delay, creating nearly instant replication of data.</p>
<p>McDATA's SAN routers also provide data compression to lower WAN bandwidth requirements and Fast Write technology to maximise throughput across long distances. The routers can be deployed for multiple, concurrent applications, including business continuance and disaster recovery, storage consolidation, remote tape vaulting, content distribution, and iSCSI access to Fibre-Channel storage.</p>
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<p>About McDATA (www.mcdata.com)
McDATA is the leading provider of storage networking solutions, helping customers build, globally connect, optimise and centrally manage data infrastructures across SAN, MAN and WAN environments. With nearly 25 years experience developing SAN products, services and solutions, McDATA is the trusted partner in the world's largest data centres, connecting more than two-thirds of all networked data.</p>
<p>Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains statements about expected future events that are forward-looking and subject to risks and uncertainties. Readers are urged to consider statements that include the terms "believes", "belief", "expects", "plans", "objectives", "estimates", "anticipates", "intends", "targets", or the like to be uncertain and forward-looking. Factors that could cause actual results to differ and vary materially from expectations include, but are not limited to, McDATA's relationships with EMC, IBM and Hitachi Data Systems and the level of their orders, aggressive price competition by numerous other SAN and IP switch suppliers, OEM qualification of our new products - such as the Intrepid 10000 Director, integration of CNT's sales and marketing functions, manufacturing constraints, constraints in obtaining third party product for resale and other risk factors that are disclosed in McDATA's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These cautionary statements by McDATA should not be construed as exhaustive or as any admission regarding the adequacy of disclosures made by McDATA. All cautionary statements should be read as being applicable to all forward-looking statements wherever they appear. McDATA does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.</p>
<p>Fujitsu and ETERNUS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Fujitsu Limited in the United States and other countries.</p>
<p>Contacts:</p>
<p>Beverly Lu</p>
<p>McDATA</p>
<p>+852 2168 9432</p>
<p>beverly.lu@mcdata.com</p>
<p>Alex Murphy</p>
<p>Max Australia</p>
<p>+612 9954 3492</p>
<p>alex.murphy@maxaustralia.com.au</p>

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