McDATA & Hitachi Data Systems Sign Worldwide Reseller Agreement

McDATA Corporation, a Storage Area Network (SAN) infrastructure company, and Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., which provides information processing solutions worldwide, have entered into a worldwide reseller agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, Hitachi Data Systems will resell McDATA's ED-5000 Director under the McDATA brand with its Freedom Storage 7700E and 5800 subsystems. The ED-5000 Director is immediately available through Hitachi Data Systems' worldwide sales organization. McDATA's portfolio of solutions is based on high-speed Fibre Channel technology that allows servers and storage devices to be interconnected, consolidated and shared. The combination of Hitachi Freedom Storage products and McDATA's ED-5000 Director will provide Hitachi customers with a fail-safe, 24x7 SAN architecture.

The ED-5000 Director offers: 32-port, any-to-any dynamic switching with 100 MB/second full-duplex performance per port; industry-standard Class 2 and 3 Fibre Channel technology; and 24x7 availability with hardware redundancy of major critical components and internal data path protection, call-home capabilities and non-disruptive maintenance, firmware loads and upgrades for mission-critical applications.

Information about McDATA can be found at www.mcdata.com.