The company said Axa Technology Services plans to buy more than 8,000 switch ports through Cisco equipment reseller IBM. Axa Technology Services is part of Axa Group, a French insurance company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
IBM is the first to resell Cisco's MDS 9000 IP Storage Services Module, which further tunes up the capabilities of an integral part of Cisco's storage lineup, the MDS 9000 SAN switch. The module should reduce the cost of operating these networks by simplifying the process, according to Cisco.
Cisco,and McData all compete for corporate spending on data storage, which involves building large storage area networks (SAN) to store backup copies of institutional information. because companies have become increasingly interested in building disaster-recovery systems since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and because of new government regulations for safeguarding information.
Companies bought about $1.2 billion in SAN gear last year, according to research firm Gartner. It predicts the sale of SAN gear will increase to $4.8 billion by 2006.
Cisco bought its way into the SAN market in August,. It has since signed deals with several big-name resellers, including IBM, , Hewlett-Packard and Hitachi, which all have deep connections to the corporations already buying SAN gear.