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StorageTek Targets Mainframe Disk

With its acquisition by Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) drawing near, Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) (NYSE: STK) today announced a larger disk system for mainframes -- a market that especially piqued Suns interest in the company (see Sun to Acquire StorageTek for $4.1B).

Facing an anticipated September closing of the deal, StorageTek upgraded its FlexLine V-Series Shared Virtual Array (SVA) line of disk storage systems, StorageTek’s highest-end disk storage system. The V-Series is one of two disk storage platforms -- the FlexLIne 600 is the other -- that StorageTek manufactures in house. StorageTek gets its other disk systems through an OEM deal with Engenio Information Technologies Inc. (see StorageTek Flexes Disk).

The new system, the V2X4f, is a native Fibre Connectivity (Ficon) speeds-and-feeds enhancement over its V2Xf system. StorageTek doubled capacity from the V2XF system to 11.5 Tbytes to 23 Tbytes, and claims a 40 percent performance boost from new processor cards.

Like any product StorageTek rolls out these days, the V2X4f comes with a caveat: There’s no guarantee Sun will keep it after the sale closes. By law, the two companies must transact business as usual until Sun takes ownership. That means there’s no collaboration on StorageTek’s product line from Sun execs, and the new products don’t necessarily have Sun’s blessing.

V-Series marketing manager John Szlendak says he thinks the line will survive because Sun executives emphasized StorageTek’s mainframe presence when it announced the deal in June. Analysts also pointed out how Sun is weak in the mainframe environment and could use StorageTek to pump up sales there.

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