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Cisco ONS 15500 Series

Cisco and EMC Optical Storage Networking Solutions


Solutions Guide

Cisco and EMC Optical
Storage Networking

Extending the reach of storage networks over next-generation DWDM optical infrastructure

Networked storage is a critical component of every enterprise's IT strategy and success. Cisco Systems and EMC Corporation have created a joint vision that will provide customers with utility-like, highly available, scalable, and responsive access to information for any system from any location on the enterprise network or Internet. EMC Enterprise Storage Networks (ESNs) combined with Cisco Dense Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (DWDM) platforms offer customers a qualified, cost-effective, and easily managed solution with virtually unlimited connectivity points across metropolitan distances.

EMC Enterprise Storage Network Provides the Infrastructure

An EMC Enterprise Storage Network unites all your IT resources into one dynamic, information-centric infrastructure, or E-Infostructure. Because it is open and heterogeneous, ESN offers exponentially more than either storage-area networking (SAN) or network-attached storage (NAS) alone. It offers universal data access for every major computing platform, operating system, and application across any combination of SCSI, Ultra SCSI, Fibre Channel, and ESCON technologies. It integrates Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems, CLARiiON Midrange Storage systems, EMC Connectrix, EMC Celerra File Server systems, advanced network technology, enterprise storage software, consulting, and services all in one comprehensive solution.

Cisco Provides the Connectivity

The Cisco ONS 15540 Extended Services Platform is an industry-leading, protocol-independent DWDM optical network solution that supports 32 wavelengths per fiber pair. Using the Cisco ONS 15540 DWDM platform, enterprises can expand the distance and application capabilities of existing local-area network (LAN), metropolitan-area network (MAN), and SANs while addressing the need to quickly and transparently move large amounts of data including voice and video. Enterprises using the Cisco ONS 15540 will benefit from a single optical infrastructure that scales to meet the explosive demand of storage and metro networking. The Cisco solutions will scale to support 10 Gigabit Ethernet, ESCON, and Fibre Channel connectivity for streamlined operational efficiency, flexibility, and cost savings. With the Cisco ONS 15540, service providers can rapidly create and provision new service offerings while realizing greater revenue and profitability per wavelength to gain competitive advantage.

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Storage over Metro Optical Topology

A Complete Solution from Two Industry Leaders

The EMC Enterprise Storage Network and Cisco Optical Networking Solutions extend your data center to a virtually limitless, accessible, and invaluable information resource anywhere in the enterprise. Users of a joint EMC and Cisco Optical Networking Solution enjoy the following benefits:

  • High-performance data replication

  • Cost-effective virtual data centers

  • Increased performance with simplified storage networking connectivity

Take the Next Step

To discover more about how the EMC and Cisco Optical Storage Networking Solution can increase your return on information while lowering your IT infrastructure total cost of ownership, contact your local EMC or Cisco account manager today. Visit our Web site at www.cisco.com and www.emc.com or the partners and alliances section at www.emc.com/partnersalliances/partner_pages/cisco.jsp.

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