News Release

CreekPath Delivers Support for Cisco MDS 9000 Series of SAN Switches

CreekPath adds management of virtual SANs to provide storage optimization to Cisco customers
Mar 09, 2005

Boulder, Colo., March 8, 2005 - CreekPath Systems, the leading provider of solutions to optimize data centers through policy based storage automation products, today announced full support for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family of multilayer fabric switches and directors. This support allows CreekPath customers to manage their entire networked storage environment through a single, independent storage management system.

The CreekPath Suite can now automatically discover and visualize advanced features of the Cisco MDS 9000 Family including virtual SAN (VSAN) technology. This integration streamlines network management operations and increases productivity which translates into decreased operational costs for CreekPath customers.

"We are seeing strong demand for scalable and extensible storage architectures with multiple layers of intelligence in customer environments," said Soni Jiandani, vice president and general manager of the Data Center, Storage and Switching Technologies Group at Cisco. "Cisco's market-leading solutions and innovation coupled with the vision and operational know how of CreekPath provides customers with a mechanism to drive tangible business value out of IT."

The CreekPath Suite, in conjunction with its support for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family, dramatically improves personnel efficiencies, provides automatic notification of problems and rapid root cause analysis, and enables simplified management of a networked storage environment.

"Completing this initial phase of our efforts provides more efficiency and cost reduction opportunities for our customers as they can now manage a heterogeneous networked storage environment via a single independent storage management solution," said Swamy Viswanathan, senior vice president, Marketing and Business Development, CreekPath Systems. "The result of our efforts with Cisco positions CreekPath as a key enabler for planning, implementing and managing storage consolidation projects, and disaster recovery and business continuance for enterprise IT."

CreekPath provides support for the Cisco 9100 and 9200 Series multilayer fabric switches and the Cisco 9500 Series multilayer directors. This is the first in a series of planned releases that allow CreekPath customers to take full advantage of the industry-leading innovations available in the Cisco MDS 9000 Family.

CreekPath has also become a member of the Cisco AVVID (Architecture for Voice, Video, and Integrated Data) Partner program. The Cisco AVVID Partner Program extends the value of customer networks by helping to enable complete solutions to meet evolving business needs. Participation in this program is offered to companies who exhibit market leadership and utilize Cisco's industry leading technology while sharing Cisco's vision and commitment to customer service satisfaction.

About the Cisco MDS 9000 Family

Consisting of the award-winning Cisco MDS 9500 series directors and the Cisco MDS 9100, 9200 series fabric switches, the Cisco MDS 9000 family provides a full line of products to meet requirements across storage networks of all sizes and architectures. With intelligent networking features such as multi-protocol/multi-transport integration, VSANs, advanced security, sophisticated debug/analysis tools and unified SAN management, as well as intelligent fabric applications, the Cisco MDS 9000 family ushers in a new era of storage networking.