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Finisar, DSI launch SAN training hub in Singapore

Posted: 18 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:storage area networks? SAN training? Finisar Medusa Labs?

Fiber-optic networks specialist Finisar Corp. and Singapore's A*STAR Data Storage Institute (DSI) have announced a partnership to bring storage area network (SAN) training to Asia and Singapore. The agreement unites the SAN expertise of Finisar's Medusa Labs with the training capabilities of DSI's Network Storage Technology (NST) division.

This partnership is in line with DSI's plans to establish Singapore as a regional training hub for storage network technologies. It aims to promote awareness of SAN technologies and best practices for storage networking in Asia Pacific through technical education.

The DSI-Medusa Training Centre, the first in the Asia Pacific region, will serve to enhance the protocol knowledge and skill sets of storage technology professionals. The technical courses, designed by Medusa Labs, will be conducted at DSI's Network Storage Laboratory by Medusa Certified DSI instructors.

The inaugural DSI-Medusa Training Centre class is scheduled for June 2008.

"We are pleased that Finisar's Medusa Labs, the recognized leader in SAN and Fibre Channel training, will partner with DSI to extend their technical training to include storage protocols," said Eric Tan, director of Asia sales, Finisar. "We are especially impressed with DSI's talented team and state-of-the-art training facilities and are excited that students from Asia Pacific will receive a world class educational experience."

For more than a decade, Finisar's Medusa Labs has provided professional instruction in the United States on all major storage protocols, including Fibre Channel, iSCSI and SAS. Protocol training can range from understanding basic Fibre Channel architecture to focused in-depth studies and mastering debugging techniques. Classes are designed to provide a hands-on learning environment enabling students to analyze real-time traffic using the best protocol analyzers and the latest measurement tools.

"We are happy that DSI's NST division will offer Medusa Labs courses in Singapore and Asia. We have a heterogeneous network storage interoperability laboratory, which houses a diversity of network storage systems and components. The Network Storage Laboratory's learning environment is especially designed for highly accelerated testing, interoperability, and performance verification of enterprise products and solutions," said Chong Tow Chong, executive director of DSI.

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