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Storage Vendors Hone In On Backup, NAS, Security

Storage Networking World in Phoenix was rife with backup and recovery options, making Exchange server a bigger part of networked storage, and even some storage security thrown in for good measure.

Ciena Corp. debuted its CN 2000 Storage Extension Platform, which makes data center applications more affordable with its Dynamic Bandwidth Assignment capabilities, the vendor said Monday at SNW.

CN 2000 Storage Extension Platform is effectively a WAN multiplexer for storage applications like backup, recovery, mirroring and clustering. The CN 2000 enables multiple applications to be multiplexed onto separate physical channels within the same Sonet/SDH or DWDM circuit, eliminating the need for an entire circuit to be allocated for a single application, a savings potential of thousands per month.

The Ciena platform will help enterprises contend with growing pressure and new regulations for rapid business recovery, said Richard Villars, vice president of storage systems at consultancy IDC. The CN 2000 "will allow IT managers to extend advanced data protection capabilities to a broader range of applications while reducing WAN costs," Villars added, in a statement.

The Dynamic Bandwidth Assignment feature allows multiple enterprise applications or data center protocols to dynamically share the same WAN bandwidth by consolidating traffic and assigning various priorities. The feature maintains Quality of Service for individual applications while avoiding the performance drag associated with some IP-based solutions, Ciena said.

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