Sun Targets EMC with New Products

Hoping to steal market share from storage leader EMC, Sun Microsystems has launched an array of storage products and services. These new offerings include storage software, systems, services, and a partner program. Sun's new products are part of its attempt to be a one-stop shop for customers--providing servers, software, and a wide range of storage solutions.

Sun's expanded storage software includes a new architecture called Storage ONE, which provides open, integrated storage management; a next-generation file system, scalable to 252TB+ compared with traditional file systems that top out at 1TB; Sun StorEdge Availability Suite, featuring point-in-time copy and remote mirroring; Sun StorEdge Resource Management Suite; Sun StorEdge Performance Suite; and StorEdge Utilization Suite.

On the hardware front, Sun announced a new Sun StorEdge 3900 series, which the company designed for clustering and focused-application environments. The 3900 series offers four times the bandwidth of EMC's CLARiiON array, with which Sun competes. Another new series is the Sun StorEdge 6900 Series array, which the company has targeted to midrange UNIX systems, with an integrated storage-virtualization system for the Solaris OS. The company also updated its Sun StorEdge 9900 series, which it launched last year. The 9900 series is targeted to data-center and high-end storage markets.

As part of its Sun StorEdge Complete Storage Solution, the company has also announced new consulting, support, and training services, which include remote services capabilities, storage centers, and implementation services. Sun's new strategy also includes two new partner programs called iForce Storage Elite and Sun Storage Certification.

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