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Sun Enhances Mainframe Storage

SAN FRANCISCO -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVAD) today announced a significant performance enhancement to the Sun StorageTek(TM) Virtual Storage Manager(TM) 5 (VSM 5), its industry-leading mainframe virtual technology, that adds 53% more throughput from the initial VSM 5 release in mid-2006. The latest in mainframe storage innovation from Sun, today's announcement further demonstrates Sun's commitment to investing in and advancing its entire portfolio of storage and server solutions.

Sun has seen growth in its enterprise mainframe storage business, as evidenced by:

  • Continued dominance of the enterprise tape automation market with more than 80% of customers in the 1,000-slot and higher class choosing the Sun StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library System (IDC Quarterly View Q2, 2007). The SL8500 seamlessly supports both mainframe and open systems within the same physical library.
  • The industry's only access-centric tape drive, Sun's enterprise class T9840 tape drive product line has shipped more than 100,000 new tape drives since inception in 1998. Further development continues in the T9840 drive platform with a fourth generation utilizing the same physical media forthcoming.
  • Recently enhanced VSM 5 technology that has improved its performance capabilities to 613 megabytes per second - over 50% faster than both competing storage offerings and earlier VSM release versions. The performance boost also enhances disaster recovery capabilities to mission critical data.
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