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McData Hits Remote Control

McData launched its anticipated push on remote offices today, unveiling a package of hardware, software, and services for handling data outside of data centers. (See McData Chases Remote Users.)

As expected, McData will use Riverbed's Steelhead wide-area file services (WAFS) appliances as the linchpin of its remote strategy. (See McData & Riverbed: A Rumored Pair.) It also will OEM FalconStor replication software and offer services and extension products it picked up by acquiring CNT Networks last year. (See McData Bags CNT for $235M.)

McData will rebrand Riverbed's product as its SpectraNet WAN Data Services Accelerator platform and sell FalconStor's IPStor software as SpectraNet Replicator for Exchange.

McData will also package its Eclipse and UltraNet extension products, WAN monitoring and management, and professional services as part of what it is calling its ROC (remote office consolidation) initiative.

McData CEO John Kelley says he thinks the Exchange replication product will be more popular at first, but he expects enterprise customers to quickly move to optimize network traffic so they can manage data in remote offices. "The proliferation of remote offices has created opportunities and problems," Kelley says. "They can't control data at the edge."

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