Sun Microsystems, Hitachi, and Hitachi's storage subsidiary, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), have announced extended terms to an agreement they signed in August 2001. The agreement, which was to expire at the end of 2004, will now continue until 2006. One of the main components of the agreement lets Sun resell some HDS products branded with Sun's StorEdge name. As part of the announcement, the companies touted the success of the agreement, which has seen sales of storage solutions totaling more than 5PB of storage capacity, and 900,000 Sun StorEdge 9900 series systems drives.
The agreement calls for Sun and Hitachi to collaborate on hardware, software, and services. This collaboration includes marketing, sales support, services, and joint customer support centers. Sun also announced plans to enhance Pirus Networks' software, which it acquired last year, to support HDS's Thunder and Lightning storage systems. Pirus Networks' software lets administrators combine a variety of storage devices to function as one storage system.http://www.sun.com