Data Systems International Partners With McDATA to Resell Fibre Channel Connectivity Products

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from McDATA Corporation

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. and OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 4 /PRNewswire/ --
 McDATA(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:   MCDT, MCDTA), a global leader in open storage
 networking solutions, announced today that Data Systems International (DSI)
 will resell McDATA's complete enterprise-to-edge line of Fibre Channel
 connectivity products, expanding the scope of both DSI and McDATA's
 global customer base while providing customers full-service, integrated,
 enterprise-wide storage area networking (SAN) solutions.
     "McDATA is in a class by itself in the SAN industry," said Walt Meister,
 manager of Storage Solutions at DSI.  "Their expertise and professionalism
 fits well with DSI's philosophy of providing the client a total solution.  The
 client can be assured that the solution proposed is correct and will satisfy
 their business needs."
     DSI is an innovative business and technology solutions partner serving
 more than 1,800 clients worldwide.  Combining technical skills, extensive
 industry knowledge and more than 20 years of consulting experience, DSI
 develops and implements customized solutions through enterprise management
 services, wireless applications, networked strategies, e-Business and
 technology infrastructure.
     As part of the reseller agreement, DSI becomes an enterprise SAN
 integrator in McDATA's Elite Solutions Partner(TM) program to deliver
 comprehensive, open systems, interoperable SAN solutions.
     "We're pleased to work with DSI in offering clients a full range of
 McDATA's department and director-class products," said Marty Sos, director of
 Worldwide Channels and OEM Sales at McDATA.  "DSI is a recognized expert in
 the development, implementation and support of enterprise-class storage area
 networks.  They provide highly scalable SAN solutions to solve their
 customers' tactical and long-term strategic requirements.  As an Elite
 Partner, DSI can take advantage of McDATA's OpenReady(TM) resources, and
 confidently deliver fully tested, open systems SAN solutions to their
 customers who have heterogeneous connectivity requirements."
     McDATA provides Elite Partners with a comprehensive support program to
 deliver world-class SAN solutions and services.  These include market-leading
 products, industry leading training programs and world-class engineering,
 sales and services support.
 
     About McDATA (www.mcdata.com)
     McDATA (Nasdaq:   MCDT, MCDTA) is a global leader in open storage networking
 solutions.  Recognized for its highly available, scalable and centrally
 managed SANs, McDATA's family of solutions represent the backbone of the
 SAN industry and address enterprise-storage problems.  The company's
 enterprise-to-edge SAN solutions improve the reliability and availability of
 data to simplify SAN management and reduce the total cost of ownership.
 Committed to the highest level of service in the industry, McDATA extensively
 pre-tests SAN solutions to provide IT organizations with the comprehensive
 tools, methodologies and support essential to robust and timely SAN
 implementations.  McDATA distributes its products through its OEMs, network of
 resellers and Elite Solution Partners.  McDATA is a registered trademark.  The
 McDATA logo and McDATA tagline are trademarks of McDATA Corporation.
 
     About DSI
     Data Systems International, Inc. (DSI) is an innovative business and
 technology solutions partner serving clients worldwide.  Combining technical
 skills, extensive industry connections, and more than 20 years of consulting
 experience, DSI builds customized client solutions through enterprise
 management services, wireless applications, networked strategies, e-Business
 and technology infrastructure.  Quality solutions with measurable results
 define the value that DSI delivers to clients.
     Founded in 1979, DSI serves its clients from locations in North America,
 the United Kingdom and Australia, and through a network of business partners
 in Europe, Asia and South America.  For more information, visit DSI's Web site
 at www.DSIonline.com.
 
     Forward-Looking Statements
     This press release contains statements about expected future events that
 are forward-looking and subject to risks and uncertainties.  For these
 statements, we claim the safe harbor for "forward-looking statements" within
 the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Factors
 that could cause actual results to differ and vary materially from
 expectations include, but are not limited to, our relationship with EMC
 Corporation, IBM and other partners or a loss of any of our key customers,
 distributors, resellers or our manufacturer, our ability to expand our product
 offerings and any transition to new products, component quality and
 availability, the development of the storage area network and switch markets,
 any change in business conditions, changes in our sales strategy and product
 development plans, competition in the storage area network and switch markets,
 competitive pricing pressures, continued market acceptance of our products,
 name recognition of our products, delays in the development of new technology,
 changes in customer buying patterns issues, one-time events and other
 important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in our filings at
 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  These cautionary statements by
 us should not be construed as exhaustive or as any admission regarding the
 adequacy of disclosures made by us.  We cannot always predict or determine
 after the fact what factors would cause actual results to differ materially
 from those indicated by the forward-looking statements or other statements.
 In addition, readers are urged to consider statements that include the terms
 "believes," "belief," "expects," "plans," "objectives," "anticipates,"
 "intends," "targets," or the like to be uncertain and forward-looking.
 All cautionary statements should be read as being applicable to all
 forward-looking statements wherever they appear.  We do not undertake any
 obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements,
 whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
 
 

SOURCE McDATA Corporation
    BROOMFIELD, Colo. and OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 4 /PRNewswire/ --
 McDATA(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:   MCDT, MCDTA), a global leader in open storage
 networking solutions, announced today that Data Systems International (DSI)
 will resell McDATA's complete enterprise-to-edge line of Fibre Channel
 connectivity products, expanding the scope of both DSI and McDATA's
 global customer base while providing customers full-service, integrated,
 enterprise-wide storage area networking (SAN) solutions.
     "McDATA is in a class by itself in the SAN industry," said Walt Meister,
 manager of Storage Solutions at DSI.  "Their expertise and professionalism
 fits well with DSI's philosophy of providing the client a total solution.  The
 client can be assured that the solution proposed is correct and will satisfy
 their business needs."
     DSI is an innovative business and technology solutions partner serving
 more than 1,800 clients worldwide.  Combining technical skills, extensive
 industry knowledge and more than 20 years of consulting experience, DSI
 develops and implements customized solutions through enterprise management
 services, wireless applications, networked strategies, e-Business and
 technology infrastructure.
     As part of the reseller agreement, DSI becomes an enterprise SAN
 integrator in McDATA's Elite Solutions Partner(TM) program to deliver
 comprehensive, open systems, interoperable SAN solutions.
     "We're pleased to work with DSI in offering clients a full range of
 McDATA's department and director-class products," said Marty Sos, director of
 Worldwide Channels and OEM Sales at McDATA.  "DSI is a recognized expert in
 the development, implementation and support of enterprise-class storage area
 networks.  They provide highly scalable SAN solutions to solve their
 customers' tactical and long-term strategic requirements.  As an Elite
 Partner, DSI can take advantage of McDATA's OpenReady(TM) resources, and
 confidently deliver fully tested, open systems SAN solutions to their
 customers who have heterogeneous connectivity requirements."
     McDATA provides Elite Partners with a comprehensive support program to
 deliver world-class SAN solutions and services.  These include market-leading
 products, industry leading training programs and world-class engineering,
 sales and services support.
 
     About McDATA (www.mcdata.com)
     McDATA (Nasdaq:   MCDT, MCDTA) is a global leader in open storage networking
 solutions.  Recognized for its highly available, scalable and centrally
 managed SANs, McDATA's family of solutions represent the backbone of the
 SAN industry and address enterprise-storage problems.  The company's
 enterprise-to-edge SAN solutions improve the reliability and availability of
 data to simplify SAN management and reduce the total cost of ownership.
 Committed to the highest level of service in the industry, McDATA extensively
 pre-tests SAN solutions to provide IT organizations with the comprehensive
 tools, methodologies and support essential to robust and timely SAN
 implementations.  McDATA distributes its products through its OEMs, network of
 resellers and Elite Solution Partners.  McDATA is a registered trademark.  The
 McDATA logo and McDATA tagline are trademarks of McDATA Corporation.
 
     About DSI
     Data Systems International, Inc. (DSI) is an innovative business and
 technology solutions partner serving clients worldwide.  Combining technical
 skills, extensive industry connections, and more than 20 years of consulting
 experience, DSI builds customized client solutions through enterprise
 management services, wireless applications, networked strategies, e-Business
 and technology infrastructure.  Quality solutions with measurable results
 define the value that DSI delivers to clients.
     Founded in 1979, DSI serves its clients from locations in North America,
 the United Kingdom and Australia, and through a network of business partners
 in Europe, Asia and South America.  For more information, visit DSI's Web site
 at www.DSIonline.com.
 
     Forward-Looking Statements
     This press release contains statements about expected future events that
 are forward-looking and subject to risks and uncertainties.  For these
 statements, we claim the safe harbor for "forward-looking statements" within
 the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Factors
 that could cause actual results to differ and vary materially from
 expectations include, but are not limited to, our relationship with EMC
 Corporation, IBM and other partners or a loss of any of our key customers,
 distributors, resellers or our manufacturer, our ability to expand our product
 offerings and any transition to new products, component quality and
 availability, the development of the storage area network and switch markets,
 any change in business conditions, changes in our sales strategy and product
 development plans, competition in the storage area network and switch markets,
 competitive pricing pressures, continued market acceptance of our products,
 name recognition of our products, delays in the development of new technology,
 changes in customer buying patterns issues, one-time events and other
 important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in our filings at
 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  These cautionary statements by
 us should not be construed as exhaustive or as any admission regarding the
 adequacy of disclosures made by us.  We cannot always predict or determine
 after the fact what factors would cause actual results to differ materially
 from those indicated by the forward-looking statements or other statements.
 In addition, readers are urged to consider statements that include the terms
 "believes," "belief," "expects," "plans," "objectives," "anticipates,"
 "intends," "targets," or the like to be uncertain and forward-looking.
 All cautionary statements should be read as being applicable to all
 forward-looking statements wherever they appear.  We do not undertake any
 obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements,
 whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
 
 SOURCE  McDATA Corporation