GiantLoop and Compaq form SAN partnership


GiantLoop and Compaq form SAN partnership

GiantLoop Network and Compaq have announced a collaboration to extend SAN availability, using Compaq's Data Replication Manager solution, over GiantLoop's optical metro networks.

As part of the deal, the two companies will collaborate on system testing, project management, and deployment services. They will also offer consulting services to help customers design and plan their storage infrastructures and integrate their sales and marketing units.

Commenting on the collaboration, Joe Gately, senior vice-president of marketing and alliances at Giant Loop said: "Our agreement with Compaq means that customers can build industry-proven data replication solutions that offer the highest level of performance and uptime."

Mark Sorenson, vice-president of Compaq's Enterprise Storage Software and Solutions division added: "Through our partnership with GiantLoop Network we're offering our customers easy access to dense wave-division multiplexing (DWDM) based optical networks, connecting their remote sites with world-class speed and management services."

Data Replication Manager mirrors data to remote locations across a SAN, with DWDM support for optical networks.

In August this year GiantLoop reached a similar deal with storage vendor McData, combining McData's 6000 Series Director SAN solution with GiantLoop's network for enterprise storage. This alliance has also involved joint marketing and development for advanced storage features such as remote mirroring, backup, and data replication.

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