Huawei Symantec, Force10 Networks Partner on Networked Storage

The partnership combines Huawei Symantec's storage hardware and software expertise with Force10 Networks' Ethernet switches.

Network security and storage appliance solutions specialist Huawei Symantec Technologies and networking performance provider Force10 Networks announced a strategic partnership designed to virtualize and automate Ethernet networks. Together, Huawei Symantec and Force10 will aim to deliver solutions that will increase reliability and decrease costs for customers. The partnership will combine Huawei Symantec's expertise in storage hardware and software with Force10 Networks' Ethernet switches.

Force10's S-Series S60 switch is optimized for large storage environments, providing deep packet buffering of 1.25GB. Coupled with its line-rate switching of 48 GbE ports and up to four optional 10 GbE uplinks in just 1-RU, the S60 is designed to handle heavily virtualized environments. The S60 modular platform also scales from 1 GbE to 10 GbE, making it a network interconnect solution that can support entry-level to large-scale storage solutions.

"Huawei Symantec is pleased to establish this strategic partnership with Force10 Networks, and expects the relationship to further drive strong results for our existing North American customer base as well as tap into new business opportunities," said Jane Li, general manager of the North American market for Huawei Symantec. "Force10 Networks' award-winning Ethernet switches and routers deliver unmatched performance from the network core to the cloud, and Huawei Symantec offers a broad portfolio of storage solutions for customers of all sizes. We are confident and excited about the winning combination of our respective capabilities and look forward to a long-lasting partnership."

More than 1,000 customers in more than 40 countries and regions use Huawei Symantec's storage and network security products. The company has positioned itself for global growth by employing a worldwide team of storage and security technologies specialists and by exercising a demonstrated commitment to R&D, technical support and after-sales service. The company said Huawei Symantec's partnership with Force10 Networks is expected to continue to enable strong and immediate growth in the North American market, specifically in vertical markets like cloud, finance, health care, high-performance computing, oil and gas, and telecommunications.

"Huawei Symantec has made a significant impact in a short time in the North American storage and security market, and Force10 Networks is honored to be its partner," said Michael O'Brien, vice president of global alliances and channels for Force10 Networks. "Huawei Symantec's strategy and products are well aligned to that of Force10 Networks, and we anticipate the partnership will produce innovative new solutions for our joint customers."