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New version Cisco switches available from Network Appliance

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Network Appliance  has broadened its fibre channel SAN switch portfolio with two new Cisco switches: the MDS 9134 Multiservice modular switch and MDS 9222i multilayer fabric switch and a new multiprotocol module, the 18/4 multiservice module.

These new additions are part of the NetApp plan to provide data centre customers with new switch technologies to overcome their challenges for managing and protecting high-performance databases and business applications.

The new Cisco MDS switches, coupled with NetApp unified storage solutions, including the FAS3000 mid-range platforms and the recently announced FAS2000 entry-level platforms, help customers meet a wide range of requirements for storage networking.

NetApp offers storage solutions that provide customers with the ability to reliably connect critical resources in data centres and across enterprises.

From interoperable multiprotocol SAN routing to SAN extension over IP, NetApp helps diverse IT infrastructures remain connected and productive.

"Cisco and NetApp have a strong relationship and share a common vision to provide solutions that support customer requirements for modularity and multiprotocol support," said Ed Chapman, vice president, product management, Data Centre Business Unit at Cisco.

"These new switches, combined with NetApp unified storage, provide our joint customers with a balance of high-performance functionality, low total cost of ownership, and intelligent management."

"Cisco's modular, multiservice switches are a natural fit for the modular, multiprotocol design of NetApp unified storage systems," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing at NetApp.

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