Microsoft announced that it will also expand its relationship with Cisco Systems to help deliver next-generation Storage Area Network (SAN) technology. Under the new agreement, EMC will resell and support the Cisco MDS 9000 family of multilayer directors and fabric switches as part of its storage solutions. EMC will also develop software applications hosted on the MDS 9000 platform. The Cisco MDS 9000 family is an intelligent multiprotocol storage networking solution that helps customers more efficiently manage and use their storage resources for Fibre Channel-, iSCSI-, and Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP)-connected networks.
EMC's plans to develop storage management solutions for the Cisco MDS 9000 family are part of the company's Automated Information Storage (AutoIS) management strategy. EMC's E-Lab is finishing testing to qualify the Cisco MDS 9000 family for use with the EMC Symmetrix and EMC CLARiiON networked storage systems and hopes to have testing complete by the end of May 2003. The Cisco MDS 9000 family will be available from EMC in second quarter 2003.