CNT introduces new generation storage networking infrastructure

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CNT (Nasdaq: CMNT), the global expert in storage networking solutions, today announced the UltraNet Multi-service Director (UMD), a new generation storage networking infrastructure platform that delivers unmatched performance capabilities and provides the industrys highest levels of scalability, flexibility, and serviceability to support SAN consolidation, tiered storage/ ILM and utility computing. CNTs UMD is built for the continuous change and growth that customers face today in their IT environments and provides unmatched investment protection and lower total cost of ownership.

CNT is introducing a new category of director with this industry-leading multi-service director product. In addition to the high availability and RAS features of traditional directors, multi-service directors offer active-active load sharing and fail-over capabilities, completely hot swappable components, advanced diagnostics and proactive reporting capabilities.

Unlike traditional directors, which only provide higher port counts and high-availability design, the UMD provides a powerful spectrum of features and benefits. The UMD delivers:

superior scalability in ports, protocols and speeds without limitations or compromise
a flexible upgrade path from 1 Gbps to 2 Gbps to 4 Gbps to 10 Gbps
the ability to seamlessly integrate a variety of services as needed by the enterprise, including protocols, security, CNTs unparalleled WAN and MAN extension, storage services like virtualization, and management services.

In addition, the UMD guarantees customers investment protection by providing a built-in customization and upgrade path in the product architecture that can meet the evolving requirements of storage networks. Its flexibility in performance, ports, advanced services, and protocols for current and future connectivity delivers growth without limitations.

The UltraNet Multi-service Director is designed and priced to allow customers to start small, grow, and evolve with the same director platform, which reduces their overall cost of ownership. This growth strategy makes the UMD valuable for SMB and enterprise customers looking to consolidate SAN islands; implement a strategic SAN infrastructure that will meet evolving needs around ILM, tiered storage or storage services; or migrate from DAS to SAN on a platform that offers strong investment protection.

Businesses today are faced with complex SAN infrastructures. They need solutions that can deliver on promises of scalability and flexibility over the long run. They also need solutions that deliver more intelligence in terms of traffic management and advanced storage services, said Richard Villars, Vice President of Storage Systems Research at IDC. Products like CNTs UltraNet Multi-service Director will allow them to migrate to a simplified and flexible end-to-end storage infrastructure.

Dave Davies, Computer Services Director for Littlewoods, a leading UK retailer, comments, As demands on the IT infrastructure continue to increase, companies need more flexibility and intelligence inside the SAN to help automate the flow of information. CNTs new Multi-service Director will tackle these challenges by helping organizations simplify the consolidation of storage across the entire infrastructure and facilitate tiered storage architectures

The UltraNet Multi-service Director family of products is designed to meet customers storage networking requirements today and into the future. The UMD-16, the first model to be released in the family, supports up to 256 non-blocking ports of FICON and/or Fibre Channel. Additional models in the family include the UMD-2 for departmental and remote data centers; UMD-7 for mid-sized businesses or small data centers; and the UMD-32, designed for service providers or very large organizations. CNT is committed to interoperability with all the major storage and switch vendors, including Brocade.

The UltraNet Multi-service Director family is built on CNTs unique UltraScale architecture, which provides an unprecedented 5 Tbps of system throughput for up to 512 non-blocking ports at 4 Gbps data rates. In addition to being protocol and speed agnostic, its non-blocking and low latency design provides plug-n-go simplicity for customers, delivering predictable and consistent performance across every port regardless of load, negating the need to design around hot spots and load spikes. This allows for uncompromised performance at full capacity or when deploying storage services.

While this announcement is revolutionary for the storage networking industry, it is a natural evolution for CNT. CNT has been helping customers move, manage, consolidate and protect their data for over 20 years. This is the logical next stage bringing together the combination of our fourth generation enterprise director platform, our market-proven WAN/IP extension technology, and our storage services expertise into a single platform designed for our customers continually changing IT environments, said Tom Hudson, president and CEO at CNT.

Today, more than ever, customers are looking for infrastructure solutions that deliver scalability, high availability, performance and increased productivity while emphasizing investment protection. The UMD sets a new standard in meeting those requirements, Hudson continued. Add to that our inVSN management software, professional services, bandwidth provisioning, integration and worldwide support, and you have the end-to-end solution customers require. This product line gives CNT a much broader basis to address both mainframe and open systems storage networking requirements across the enterprise. We will work with our partners and customers to grow the trusted relationships that we have built over the past two decades.

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