NewsByte 8 August 2001

Sun Poised To Accelerate Storage Market Share Growth

Sun Microsystems today announced an agreement with Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi Data Systems which changes the competitive landscape for storage and data management in the enterprise. The two companies are joining forces to attack the high-end data centre storage opportunity with a series of efforts centred around the new Sun StorEdge 9900™ products. These systems are supported by jointly-staffed, global mission-critical support centers, so Sun storage and server customers can be sure of prompt response with a single phone call. The agreement also brings together the comprehensive software efforts of both companies, including industry-leading Sun HighGround™ SRM software, and a commitment to collaborate on future software development to meet customer requirements in increasingly complex storage networks. The new Sun StorEdge 9900 products are powerful systems, based on Hitachi's Lightning 9900 family, that deliver extreme levels of availability and performance with support for heterogeneous open systems and mainframe environments. These products extend Sun's storage strategy for scalable, easily managed open storage networks to encompass glass house environments. By doing this, Sun is now delivering high-end customers a new level of choice, control and affordability. Sun's strengthening of its overall storage product portfolio, including the flagship Sun StorEdge T3™ array, demonstrates a relentless focus on becoming an industry leader in the storage marketplace. A number of recent acquisitions, including HighGround Systems and LSC, have further bolstered Sun's position in this space.