COMPUTER NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CORP

COMPUTER NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CORP

Previous company name
CANCOM INC
Name change date
3/14/1984
Company Overview
Computer Network Technology Corporation is a privately held company which develops and markets enterprise networking hardware and software products, and offers enterprise consulting services. The company was incorporated in the year 1983 and has its registered principal place of business in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Computer Network Technology provides end-to-end storage solutions, including hardware and software products, related consultation and integration services. The company designs, develops, deploys, and manages storage networks including storage area network and provides solutions for critical storage networking applications such as remote data replication and remote tape vaulting. The company’s networking products include Channelink, UltraNet, and FileSpeed systems, which let clients tie high-speed storage area networks to their legacy and open systems. In addition, the company also supplies storage systems, fiber channel switches, telecommunications capacity and storage application software.
Computer Network Technology markets its storage networking products and services directly to its customers, worldwide distributors and original manufacturers. The company partnered with some leading companies, including Siebel Systems and the Cap Gemini Group to reduce implementation times, improve the utilization of resources, and lower the cost of ownership.
Computer Network Technology is a subsidiary of McData Corp, a worldwide leader in open storage networking solutions. The company’s ultimate owner Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., provides the industry’s leading platforms, solutions, and services for intelligently connecting, managing, and optimizing IT resources in shared storage environments. Brocade Communications is also active in the Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and in Japan.
Business Summary
Computer Network Technology Corporation is a provider of storage networking solutions. The Company focuses primarily on helping customers design, develop, deploy and manage storage and data networks, including storage area networks (SAN) a high-speed network within a business’ existing computer system that allows the business to manage its data storage. The Company designs, manufactures, markets and supports a range of solutions that provide connections among networks of computers and related devices, including applications, such as remote data replication, or the real time backup of data to remotely located disks, and remote tape vaulting, or the backup of data to remotely archived tapes.
Description and history
Computer Network Technology Corporation, incorporated in 1983, is a provider of storage networking solutions. The Company focuses primarily on helping customers design, develop, deploy and manage storage and data networks, including storage area networks (SAN) a high-speed network within a business’ existing computer system that allows the business to manage its data storage. The Company designs, manufactures, markets and supports a range of solutions that provide connections among networks of computers and related devices, including applications, such as remote data replication, or the real time backup of data to remotely located disks, and remote tape vaulting, or the backup of data to remotely archived tapes.

On January 17, 2005, Computer Network Technology Corporation (CNT), entered into a definitive agreement to be merged with a wholly owned subsidiary of McDATA Corporation (McDATA). On May 5, 2003, Computer Network Technology completed the acquisition of Inrange Technologies Corporation. Inrange designs, manufactures, markets and supports switching and networking products for storage and data networks. Inrange’s flagship product is the FC/9000, a scalable storage networking director-class switch available for SANs.

The Company markets its storage networking products and services directly to customers through its sales force and worldwide distributors. The Company also has relationships with storage, telecommunications and fiber switching companies, including Brocade, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, StorageTek and Dell Computer Corporation.

Storage Networking Solutions

The Company’s Fibre Channel and FICON directors are at the heart of applications spanning local, metropolitan and wide area environments, with the ability to support multiple protocols, interfaces, operating systems and management topologies. The Company’s large 256-port, capacity delivers a centralized core that eliminates disruptions, management complexity and reduced performance resulting from large storage networks based on multiple smaller port directors.

CompuCom products and services enable organizations to create secure storage networks without any distance limitations. This allows the creation of storage networking over wide area network (WAN) environments in such critical applications as remote data replication, enterprise backup and recovery and remote tape vaulting.

The Company’s products can connect devices that use Fibre Channel, SCSI, ESCON and bus and tag protocols. These devices can be connected and extended over telecommunications links, including T1/E1, T3/E3 and asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) (OC3, OC12), packet over synchronous optical networking, or WAN protocols, such as Internet Protocol (IP), Fibre Channel and fiber optics.

The Company’s products enable the use of IP, ATM, Fibre Channel and fiber optics for expanded use of storage network infrastructure. The Company enables remote data replication over IP-based networks using software provided by EMC, IBM, Hitachi and Hewlett-Packard. CompuCom’s software solutions collect network performance data, identifying problem areas and correlating those problems back to the affected application, increasing data availability and reducing the time required to diagnose and resolve problems. The Company’s consulting and integration services help customers evaluate, analyze, design, install and manage storage networks.

The Company offers outsourced storage management services that complement its storage networking products on an around-the-clock basis. These services, consisting of solutions, implementation, pro-active management and maintenance, satisfy a business’ complete storage networking requirements, all for a single monthly fee. The Company’s network management service helps its customers monitor their UltraNet and FC/9000 products, third-party manufactured products and third-party telecommunication lines, and allows them to quickly respond to and resolve storage network issues. Its data migration services help customers migrate large amounts of data from one data center or storage facility to another during consolidation or expansion of data center.

The UltraNet storage networking solutions are used for immediate, or real-time, backup and recovery and support a technology known as remote data replication. Data replication avoids the serious threat to businesses posed by the loss of data between data system backups by simultaneously creating up-to-the-minute images of business-critical data on multiple backup storage disks. Tape backup over long distances, or tape pipelining, using its UltraNet Edge Storage Router improves the performance of remote tape backup, making it a viable solution for business continuity and disaster recovery. Its remote data replication technology permits the backups to be transmitted to a separate geographic location, thereby reducing the risk of natural and site-wide disasters.

Storage Networking Products

FC/9000 Fibre Channel and FICON Directors are at the heart of applications spanning local, metropolitan and wide area environments. The FC/9000 is designed to deliver speed, reliability and high availability. With the ability to support multiple protocols, interfaces, operating systems, management platforms and topologies, the FC/9000’s 256-port capacity delivers a large, centralized core eliminating the disruptions, management complexity and reduced performance of a network based on multiple smaller directors.

UltraNet Storage Director is a switching product that enables storage networks to establish a direct connection between storage elements and servers and share data among diverse servers and storage systems, and networks that are local and geographically dispersed. The switch provides connectivity among SCSI, ESCON, bus and tag, Fibre Channel, FICON and WANs.

UltraNet Edge Storage Router complements the UltraNet Storage Director by meeting the needs of a market. The UltraNet Edge Storage Router is designed to reduce the total cost of ownership of enterprise-wide storage networking solutions by leveraging the lower-cost bandwidth offered by IP networks and the performance improvements provided by Fibre Channel.

Storage Networking Services

The Company’s consulting services analyze a company’s storage needs, determine a storage networking solution to meet those needs and assist in the development of a business case to justify the storage networking solution. The Company’s consulting expertise is focused on business continuation, disaster recovery, storage infrastructure and network performance to assist information technology managers and corporate executives responsible for planning and funding resources in making sound data management and storage decisions.

Business Line
Develops and markets enterprise networking hardware and software products, and offers enterprise consulting services
Subsidiary

Advisor
KPMG LLP
IPO date

US SIC Code
7373
Company Address
6000, Nathan Lane North

City province or state postal code
55442, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Phone: +1 763 268 6000
Fax: +1 763 268 6800
Country address: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Website url: www.cnt.com