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McDATA Launches Industry’s First Unified Platform for Heterogeneous SAN Management

  • 15 September, 2006 12:36

<p>McDATA products and multi-vendor storage networks</p>
<p>AUSTRALIA, Sydney 2006 — 15 September 2006 - McDATA Corporation (Nasdaq: MCDTA/MCDT), a leading provider of data access solutions, announced the release of Enterprise Fabric Connectivity Manager (EFCM) 9.0. This new software release marks a giant step forward, bundling and building upon three previously separate McDATA management applications to create one powerful, yet easy to use, storage network management platform. EFCM 9.0 provides advanced multi-vendor fabric management, performance monitoring, and security features to optimize and protect resources, while reducing administration time and costs.</p>
<p>EFCM 9.0 offers sophisticated management capabilities and unmatched scalability for today’s heterogeneous, fast growing, multi-site SANs with end-to-end topology visualization from HBA to the storage array, including switches, routers and extension devices. Its support for a tiered ‘manager of managers’ deployment model allows centralized management of multiple remote networks through a single pane of glass, driving efficiencies and reducing costs. With integrated support for management of routed, extended and iSCSI networks, EFCM 9.0 simplifies and automates configuration and zoning of multi-protocol, multi-site fabrics. And its modularity and scalability allow businesses to add scale and advanced functionality as their SAN grows and evolves, requiring fewer licenses and lower costs.</p>
<p>“As networks get larger and more complex, management of those networks becomes more difficult and time consuming,” said Raj Das, vice president of product marketing, McDATA. “EFCM 9.0 simplifies the task by offering centralized management, multi-vendor support and better scalability which will consolidate infrastructure management.”</p>
<p>This new software release provides support for the latest features across McDATA switch and director portfolio, including its 4 and 10 Gb/s interfaces for maximum application performance and throughput, Open Trunking to optimize data flows and reduce inter-switch links (ISLs), its newly released Open VSANs as well as SAN LPARs for superior network segmentation and security in consolidated networks. It also provides support for McDATA’s advanced diagnostics, including Preventive Optics Monitoring, Hot Device Detection, Port Fencing and Threshold Alerts to quickly troubleshoot and isolate problems, protecting against outages and network threats.</p>
<p>Added security enhancements in the new software include support for standards-based features such as Authentication/CHAP Management, RADIUS server, Secure Shell version 2 (SSH2), and more.</p>
<p>McDATA’s EFCM 9.0 is available now from McDATA and independent McDATA resellers.</p>
<p>About McDATA ( www.mcdata.com <http:></http:> ) McDATA (Nasdaq: MCDTA/MCDT) is the leading provider of data access solutions, helping customers build, globally connect, optimize 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 centers, connecting more than two-thirds of all networked data.</p>
<p>Contacts:</p>
<p>Jessica Tubnor
Max Australia
02 9954 3492
Jessica.tubnor@maxaustralia.com.au</p>

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