Monday, January 26, 2009

Cisco and Dell to Partner on Data Center Solutions

Cisco and Dell have agreed to collaborate on next-generation data center infrastructure solutions. According to the agreement, Dell will add Cisco's Nexus 5020 switches that support both 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) to its Dell Power Edge server and Dell EqualLogic, PowerVault, and Dell/EMC storage solutions. The Cisco and Dell combined solutions offers a unified networking fabric that consolidates LAN, SAN and server cluster network environments into a single high speed 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric and supports protocols such as Fibre Channel, FCoE, and Internet Small Computer Storage Interface(iSCSI).

In addition, Dell has qualified the Catalyst 4900 Top-of-Rack Switches (ToR) for its EqualLogic Storage Area Networks (SAN) arrays. The Catalyst 4900 ToR switches are now a supported switching platform for the EqualLogic SAN arrays.

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