Choice tops agenda with McDATA's customer driven portfolio of storage network solutions

WOKING, UK and BROOMFIELD, Colo. - April 14, 2003 -- In a move designed to give businesses access to the most complete array of storage solutions, StorageTekâ has extended its alliance to cover McDATA's entire family of 'core-to-edge' storage networking solutions.

Storage services and solutions expert StorageTek has teamed with McDATA Corporation (Nasdaq: MCDTA/MCDT), the worldwide leader in open, ultra high availability storage networking solutions, to enable customers to match multi-vendor, multi-protocol and flexible storage networking solutions with their preferred environment. The expansion of McDATA and StorageTek's agreement will broaden StorageTek's SAN offering in Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America to include fully supported, flexible, secure and highly available solutions that enable StorageTek to support customer SAN requirements.

"Our customers tell us that they want the freedom of choice afforded by alliances with leading vendors such as McDATA. It is especially important that vendors work together to help customers make maximum use of existing infrastructure and integrate new additions seamlessly. Customers look to StorageTek for our extensive SAN expertise, and the most complete range of storage infrastructure solutions in the industry," commented Michael Väth, vice president and general manager, StorageTek EMEA. "StorageTek now sells and supports McDATA's core-to-edge family of storage networking products worldwide. This addition supports our Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) strategy of seamlessly managing, migrating and storing data in the right place, at the right time, for the right cost."

McDATA's Sphereon switches and Intrepid Director, an intelligent Director platform, surpass all solutions currently available on the market in terms of scalability, availability and ease of use. The Sphereon 4500 is the world's most flexible switch and is designed from the ground up to address the needs of entry level and core-to-edge small to medium enterprises.

"McDATA's core-to-edge solutions are built on a technology platform that provides customers with the solutions they need today and into the future," said Georg Bartz, General Manager, EMEA, McDATA. "The combination of McDATA and StorageTek's solutions allows customers to deploy highly scalable and flexible storage networking capabilities for virtually any size of environment where high reliability and uptime are important."

Ken Saunders
Richard Stevenson
Hill & Knowlton
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