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Sprint, Cisco, Hitachi Data Systems achieve data replication breakthrough

Sprint, along with Hitachi Data Systems and Cisco Systems, has successfully tested asynchronous data replication ov...


July 8, 2003  


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Sprint, along with Hitachi Data Systems and Cisco Systems, has successfully tested asynchronous data replication over an IP network, using Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) technology at a distance of more than 5,800 kilometres.

“This could enable customers to replicate their mission-critical data at extremely remote locations while using their existing cost-effective IP connections, further protecting them from potential disasters that could occur at a company’s headquarters,” said Oliver Valente, vice-president of technology development at Sprint.

The demonstration was conducted using an FCIP connection originating from a Sprint lab located in Overland Park, Kan. Optical cross-connect devices at Sprint’s Burlingame, Calif., lab created a continuous loop back to the Overland Park lab, simulating a point-to-point FCIP connection spanning 5,800 kilometres or 3,600 miles.

The equipment used to create the link included private Sprint circuits, the Cisco MDS 9000 storage area network (SAN) switches with the Cisco MDS 9000 IP Storage Services modules and Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 V Series systems, running Hitachi TrueCopy TM data replication software.

“Cisco has always viewed FCIP as an enabling technology for cost-effective business continuity and disaster recovery solutions, especially over extended, wide-area distances,” said Soni Jiandani, vice-president of marketing for the Storage Technology Group at Cisco. “This demo is real-world proof of the value that network transport technologies such as FCIP can deliver in extending SAN traffic well beyond the data center environment.”

“Hitachi Data Systems is keenly aware of the need to safeguard mission-critical data, not only locally, but also across long distances for disaster recovery and business continuance,” said Marlene Woodworth, vice-president and general manager of Global Marketing at Hitachi Data Systems.


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