McDATA Provides Embedded 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel Switch for HP BladeSystem Solutions

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McDATA Corporation (Nasdaq: MCDTA/MCDT), a leading provider of data infrastructure solutions, today announced its 4 Gbit/s embedded fibre channel switch for blade servers, co-developed with QLogic, would be supported and available on HP BladeSystem server blades in late June 2005.

McDATAs embedded blade server switches, which can be non-disruptively added to a McDATA-mode environment, offers features such as open exchange of management data, zoning and security, and functionalities such as infrastructure simplification through consolidation and automation. In addition, these switches have been qualified to meet the rigorous standards of todays most demanding enterprise environments, leveraging the expertise that only McDATA can provide. Ultimately, the McDATA blade server switch eliminates barriers to entry and offers seamless consistency while allowing customers to leverage new blade server technologies, meaning, any size SAN can benefit from the economies blade servers enable.

The integration of the McDATA blade server switch with HP BladeSystem extends the economic benefits of server blade deployments to an integrated SAN connectivity solution, allowing customers to maximize existing assets while fulfilling data center demands for greater storage flexibility.

"We are excited to offer customers the interoperable, embedded blade server switch from McDATA and QLogic, further strengthening our newly expanded HP BladeSystem Solution Builder program. The increased speeds at which customers can access data and the automation features delivered through the switch offer customers substantial cost advantages," said Rick Becker, vice president and general manager, HP BladeSystem. "Additionally, the McDATA switch easily integrates with the HP BladeSystem, allowing McDATA customers to quickly realize the excellent value and benefits the modular HP BladeSystem offers."

"Customers are demanding SAN-enabled options as they pursue their blade server strategies. Partnering with QLogic and HP to deliver embedded blade server switches enables McDATA to meet a broader spectrum of customer storage and networking needs with McDATAs family of products," said Wayne Morris, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, McDATA.

"HP server and storage customers are accustomed to best-of-breed technology," said Frank Berry, vice president of marketing, QLogic Corp. "By working together, QLogic and McDATA are enabling HP to deliver switches for bladed servers with best-of-breed availability, performance and interoperability."

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