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Storage vendors collaborate to provide customers with greater flexibility and business continuity in deploying interoperable enterprise storage solutions

Mountain View, CA – 14th April 2003 – The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), an international organisation dedicated to delivering storage networking architectures, education, and solutions for the IT community, today announced that the SNIA Supported Solutions Forum (SSF) has registered two new multi-vendor solutions which enable customers to better implement and manage a multi-vendor storage area network (SAN). As the only independent organisation to register and promote such multi-vendor solutions, the SSF qualified the new open SAN solution sets to help provide customers with greater flexibility in storage-related purchasing decisions and eliminate unique configuration and testing requirements previously associated with separate SAN deployments.

The following two SSF-registered solutions offer customers the unique flexibility to choose from as many as three competing enterprise-level storage systems providers:

Shared HBA: Phase 3 in Multi-vendor Open SAN Supported Solutions – jointly produced by Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., EMC Corp., HP, IBM, McData Corp., and VERITAS Software.

Multi-vendor Storage Attached Via Separate Fabrics From Different Vendors – produced jointly by Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., HP, IBM, McData Corp., Sun, and VERITAS Software.

“The rapid growth in the size and functionality of storage networks has fuelled the demand for solutions which help customers fully utilise their current storage environments,” said Phillip Mills, Chair, SNIA Supported Solutions Forum. “Today’s announcement is a prime example of vendors working together to develop registered solutions that promote overall operational efficiency and reduced storage implementation costs, enhanced management capabilities, and increased end user support.”

The Shared HBA: Phase 3 in Multi-vendor Open SAN Supported Solutions is the industry’s first certified solution to include interoperable EMC, HP and IBM storage technologies in the same fabric zone. The storage solutions share connectivity to the server host bus adapters (HBAs) through fabrics from either Brocade or McData, each 2Gb/s capable, allowing maximum interoperability and performance within the SAN. The Shared HBA solution also features complete path failover and load balancing for all disk accesses with the VERITAS Software’s Volume Manager solution.

Although similar to the Shared HBA solution, the Multi-vendor Storage Attached Via Separate Fabrics From Different Vendors solution unites Sun storage technology with HP and IBM storage in the same fabric zone with support from all three vendors. The Multi-vendor Storage solution also simultaneously utilises both a Brocade fabric and a McData fabric, providing fully redundant paths for data transfer. As in the Shared HBA solution, path failover and load balancing is performed with the VERITAS Volume Manager software solution.

“SSF Open SAN solutions, with their promise of cooperative support by all vendors involved, provide a significant improvement for enterprise storage customers,” said Dean Holland, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. “Although Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee currently has mixed hosts in a homogeneous SAN, with the advent of these supported solutions for multi-vendor storage, customers like myself welcome the opportunity to utilise storage products from multiple vendors in a registered configuration.”

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About the SNIA Supported Solutions Forum
The Supported Solutions Forum (SSF) is a group of companies within the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) that promotes customer adoption of open storage networking solutions by encouraging vendors to work together and deliver to customers mutually supported, interoperable solutions. In support of SNIA goals, the highly innovative SSF was established in June of 2001, so that SNIA members could improve storage networking interoperability through solutions jointly developed and qualified by Forum members. Each Supported Solution is cooperatively supported by sponsoring Forum members to provide a streamlined customer support process for the end-user company. Visit the SSF web site at

About the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIA-E)
The Storage Networking Industry Association is a not-for-profit organisation made up of more than 300 companies and individuals worldwide spanning virtually the entire storage industry – end users, vendors and resellers. SNIA members share a common goal: to set the pace of the industry by ensuring that storage networks become efficient, complete and trusted solutions across the IT community.

To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For information, contact the SNIA Europe on +33 1 47 49 06 23 or +33 1 34 58 46 72 or via e-mail at, or visit the SNIA web sites at and

The SNIA is co-founder of Storage Networking World EuroStorage event, to be held in Cannes, France from 3-6 June 2003. EuroStorage is a vendor-neutral source of information and delivers well-founded knowledge. The conference provides objective answers to strategic and critical questions. Storage Networking World is an established forum, which demonstrates the possibilities as well as the limits of storage-technology to the business audience. Last year, Storage Networking World EuroStorage attracted more than 700 delegates. For more information please visit EuroStorage on-line at


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