OAKDALE, Minn. and SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Imation Corp (NYSE:IMN), a worldwide leader in removable data storage, and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) today announced a distribution agreement naming Imation the worldwide media distributor for Sun's full line of data storage media. Under terms of the agreement, Imation will become the distributor of the full portfolio of Sun-branded tape media for entry-level, mid-range and data-center environments. Already the exclusive co-developer, manufacturer and distributor of Sun StorageTek(TM) 9840 and 9940 tape cartridges, Imation will now also distribute Sun's newest Sun StorageTek T10000 format, as well as all Sun StorageTek-branded LTO Ultrium(TM), Super DLTtape(TM), DLTtape(TM), and DDS tape cartridges, globally.
"Today's announcement is ultimately about simplifying the process for customers and creating new opportunities for partners by providing a one-stop shopping experience for tape media," said Nigel Dessau, senior vice president, Storage Marketing and Business Operations, Sun Microsystems. "We expect Imation's global distribution capabilities and worldwide reach, from the Americas to Europe and Asia-Pacific, will benefit both customers and resellers via quick and easy access to media for Sun StorageTek tape drives and libraries."
"Imation is pleased to add the Sun brand to our global portfolio," said Frank Russomanno, president, chief operating officer and acting chief executive officer, Imation. "We have a long history of working with Sun to meet the needs of our mutual customers who require the highest quality data storage products, responsive customer service and top-notch technical support. Pairing Sun's trusted media brand with Imation's global distribution capabilities will provide significant benefits for our companies and our customers."
"The distribution agreement between Imation and Sun Microsystems is very positive news for our customers," said Al Zoldos, vice president of Sales for Corporate Express Imaging & Computer Graphic Supplies (NYSE:BUH), one of the largest distributors of data center media and high-speed production printer supplies. "This expanded alliance provides added convenience and helps to ensure that, as a reseller, Corporate Express can readily provide our customers with the full portfolio of Sun-branded tape media."