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Nortel Lights Up Storage Networks: Page 4 of 4

Nelson says the challenge EMC and Nortel face now is creating tighter integration at the management level. “Nortel’s Preside and Optera Smart Agent platforms provide “elaborate billing and network management capabilities, and our [EMC] tools must be integrated under this broader suite."

Rather than having two distinct management systems, he said the aim is to eventually have one that can see right into the EMC storage systems from the network management software. This will give service providers the flexibility to offer storage management on demand, he said.

Nortel, of course, is offering no roadmap of when the integration of both companies' management systems is likely to happen, leaving the relationship, in Nelson’s own words, as no more than a “reasonable degree of interoperability.”

Jo Maitland, Senior Editor, Byte and Switch