Press Release:

HP Expands SAN Solutions Portfolio with Cisco MDS Switch Family


HP (NYSE:HPQ) is now offering the Cisco MDS 9000 family of multilayer directors and fabric switches to enterprise customers, expanding on HP's broad portfolio of storage area networking (SAN) infrastructure solutions. The move enables HP to provide Cisco-based solutions to HP's global installed base of storage customers.

Under a reseller agreement, HP will offer the Cisco MDS 9000 family, beginning with the Cisco MDS 9509 Multilayer Director as well as the Cisco MDS 9216 Multilayer Fabric Switch. HP has completed the initial phase of interoperability testing and plans to offer the switches in select customer computing environments. HP's storage foundation is part of its Adaptive Enterprise strategy, which is designed in part to increase a company's responsiveness to business and IT changes.

"HP's SAN leadership is built on an uncompromising commitment to delivering open, modular solutions that alleviate the headache of managing multivendor storage," said Roger Archibald, vice president and general manager, HP Infrastructure and Network Attached Storage Division. "Our choice of the industry's top switches gives customers greater flexibility to implement a solution that best fits their business and IT needs. As customers migrate to multiprotocol SANs, HP will continue to work with partners like Cisco to provide fully tested and supported solutions that seamlessly enable this transition."

The Cisco MDS 9000 family is a comprehensive line of SAN switches that meets the requirements of storage networks of all sizes and architectures to help customers drive SAN consolidation, increase data availability, and more efficiently manage their storage resources.

The solutions offer high performance and scalability and deliver intelligent network services such as multiprotocol/multitransport integration, virtual SANs (VSANs), advanced traffic management, embedded diagnostics and role-based security. Through an embedded fabric manager and integration with HP OpenView Storage Area Manager software, the MDS family delivers unified SAN management, providing ease of administration and improving productivity.

"Cisco and HP have undertaken rigorous, phased qualification and interoperability testing in simulated customer environments, enabling our customers to deploy multiprotocol SANs encompassing Fibre Channel for core data center applications, FCIP for long distance SAN connectivity and iSCSI for cost-effective host connectivity," said Luca Cafiero, senior vice president and general manager of the Switching, Voice and Storage Technology Group at Cisco. "Our networking expertise, combined with HP's SAN leadership, will allow companies to drive storage consolidation, increase data availability and more efficiently manage their storage resources."

HP offers comprehensive implementation and support services as part of the Cisco Original Storage Manufacturer (OSM) program to provide customers with a complete, agile solution. Through this long-term alliance, Cisco recognizes HP's industry leading network storage services and support and HP's expertise in planning, designing, building and maintaining mission-critical network storage infrastructures needed for an adaptive enterprise.

"With the strength of HP and Cisco technology combined, our customers will be getting the best of both worlds," said Jim Teter, president of Avnet Enterprise Solutions, which was recently named HP's National Enterprise Storage Partner of the Year and is also one of Cisco's top 10 national resellers. "We believe this is going to create great opportunities for end users to maximize their current IT environment, and we've installed the Cisco MDS 9500 series switch in our SAN Solution Center in order to demonstrate the flexibility and strength of the solution. We've already seen solid interest in solutions where our customers are looking to better manage their storage resources in a multi-OS environment."

HP and its partners are now offering the Cisco MDS 9000 family through the Cisco Original Storage Manufacturer program, supporting the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array family in Microsoft® Windows® and HP-UX environments. HP plans to roll out additional platforms and multivendor environments in phases.

More information about HP open SAN solutions and Cisco supported configurations is available at Information about HP's comprehensive network storage services offerings is available at

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