Nortel and EMC work on optically networked storage

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Nortel and EMC work on optically networked storage

In a joint effort to develop the best optically networked storage devices, EMC and Nortel Networks have announced they are working together to create storage networking for campus, metro and wide-area systems.

Customers will gain the benefit of high-bandwidth optics that link storage located in remote locations, the companies said. The products will be developed around Nortel's OPTera metro multiservice optics platform and EMC's storage systems and software, said Brian McFadden, president of Nortel's Metro Optical Networks. Nortel and EMC have been working together on the optically networked storage alliance since last year, he said.

Specifically, EMC will provide Symmetrix storage systems with its Connectrix family of fibre switches to connect the storage arrays, said EMC spokesman Rick Lacroix. In addition, EMC will offer its Symmetrix Remote Data Facility software to co-ordinate, manage and secure multi-location storage on the network, he said.

Nortel will link locations with its OPTera Metro 5200 Dense Wave Division Multiplexing platform, McFadden said. This is a multiprotocol domain that does not offer single data rate, but does offer delivery of Synchronous Optical NETwork/Synchronous Digital Hierarchy and native data services, according to Nortel.

Corporate or service provider customers are the target audience for the optically networked storage, McFadden said. Already, EMC-Nortel optical storage networks have been deployed, but he declined to name any customers. The spokesman claimed the offerings are ideal for data-intensive vertical markets such as finance, manufacturing and health care.

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