Cisco Systems is making an aggressive run at the storage area networking market. However, rather than alienate other vendors in the market by going alone, Cisco is proposing an open and industry-wide initiative and is partnering with Alacritech, Brocade, EMC, Emulex, IBM, Intel, Network Appliance and VERITAS. Cisco’s initiative includes new storage networking applications for IP access to storage, storage over wide area networks, storage over metropolitan area optical networking and network attached storage.

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