Norway's Largest Data Center Standardizes on McDATA Solutions for Superior Scalability and IT Consolidation Cost Savings

McDATA Corporation, the expert provider of multi-capable storage networking solutions, today announced the installation of a McDATA storage networking solution in two open systems fabrics at two locations of EDB IT Operations in Oslo, Norway.

McDATA Corporation, the expert provider of multi-capable storage networking solutions, today announced the installation of a McDATA storage networking solution in two open systems fabrics at two locations of EDB IT Operations in Oslo, Norway.


With over 200 terabytes of online data and two petabytes under tape management, EDB IT Operations is a leading public IT company that develops and operates IT solutions for banking, finance, and telecommunications customers throughout the Nordic region.

The implementation of the McDATA IT consolidation solutions included Intrepid(R)(TM) Directors, Sphereon(TM) Fabric Switches, and EMC's Connectrix(R) Manager, the EMC version of McDATA's Enterprise Fabric Connectivity Manager. EDB IT Operations credited the installation to McDATA's proven ability to fulfill requirements in EDB IT Operations mainframe segment of its IT infrastructure. EDB IT Operations cited superior scalability, non-disruptive port growth (FlexPort(TM) Technology) and firmware upgrades as benefits from switching from its legacy switch vendor.

"The scalability of our Brocade legacy devices wasn't keeping up with the growth of our customer's data," said Borre Chr. Borresen, EDB IT Operations' manager of Storage/SAN infrastructure and services. "We had to schedule Sunday downtime to add ports and complete firmware upgrades. With the McDATA solution, we're able to do all these things without compromising our customers access to their data and ASP applications."

Previously, EDB IT Operations used a Brocade-based SAN. However, as EDB IT Operations' storage and security requirements increased, it outgrew the Brocade capabilities. EDB IT Operations' wanted to consolidate resources, and with a SAN solution that could accommodate a broader range of customers varying in size, availability importance and data security needs.

EDB IT Operations is also leveraging the McDATA solutions to support cost-cutting consolidation projects for its storage assets and SAN fabrics to simplify its infrastructure. As one of Norway's leading IT service providers, it hosts and administers over two petabytes of online and offline customer data. This is in addition to offering customized software applications as an Application Service Provider.

"Operationally, the McDATA solution has fully supported our SAN and device consolidation efforts," added Borresen. "As a result, network administration has been simplified to the point where we could bring those tasks back in-house from an outside vendor. That gives me peace of mind and saves on my budget at the same time."

"Our European customers are aggressively pursuing IT consolidation strategies to better utilize storage assets and cut costs," said Georg Bartz, vice president of sales and services, EMEA, for McDATA. "At the same time they seek to take their storage infrastructure to the next performance level to consistently meet service level agreements and field the best answers to business continuity and disaster recovery challenges. For customers like EDB IT Operations, whose own customers have zero tolerance for disruptions, our high availability solution capabilities are very attractive."

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