Agilent's Test System Selected to Test McDATA SAN Switching Equipment

3/27/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that McDATA Corporation (Nasdaq: MCDTA/MCDT), a worldwide leader in open, ultra-high availability storage networking solutions, has selected Agilent's storage area network (SAN) test system to test its high-performance SAN switching equipment. The Agilent SAN test system provides McDATA expanded quality test coverage and shortened test times for its SAN solutions in the research and systems integration test phase prior to deployment in data centers and information technology (IT) infrastructures worldwide.

McDATA and Agilent have collaborated for several months to define and improve SAN test efficiency and quality and reduce in-house test costs to provide end-users with robust and fully tested solutions for high-performance SAN infrastructures. The new methodologies, which are based on Agilent's SAN test system, reduce the need for expensive, proprietary, in-house SAN test solutions that use actual servers, storage equipment and internally developed software.

"As the worldwide leader in ultra-high availability storage networks, we worked with Agilent, the leading test and measurement company, to develop industry-standard, scalable test platforms that can automate and reduce the cost of the SAN testing process," said Mark Stratton, director of System Integration Services at McDATA Corporation. "The new SAN test system will help us increase our test coverage and eliminate operations that were previously done manually, reducing the risk of error and providing better products for our end users."

With the increasing scale of SAN infrastructures, Fibre Channel SAN equipment manufacturers and SAN solution integrators require scalable test solutions that maximize test coverage and reduce test management complexity. The Agilent 1730A SAN test system is an off-the-shelf, high-port density test platform that helps reduce test time by enabling engineers to control hundreds of test ports and relate the information between them to quickly identify root cause problems.

Its modular platform, when combined with traditional server and disk-based platforms, expands test through deterministic Fibre Channel traffic generation with allowances for any combination of data, error, link, fabric control and fabric server traffic.

"Combining McDATA's SAN leadership with Agilent's expertise in network performance testing and leadership in the Fibre Channel semiconductor industry enabled the development of a comprehensive test solution," said Ron Nersesian, vice president and general manager of Agilent's design validation operation. "McDATA's use of an automated test tool that is designed specifically to test SAN networks benefits McDATA's customers by improving the test process relative to traditional methods."

Agilent and McDATA are active members of the InterNational Committee of Technology Standards' (INCITS) Technical Committee T11, the industry organization chartered to develop interface standards for high-performance and mass storage applications. Information about the Agilent 1730A SAN tester is available at

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 35,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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