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Sun Launches New Approach To Data Management

Now that last week's executive shuffle at Sun Microsystems is old news, what's next for the company?

Sun got back to business Tuesday, launching its new approach to data management that's focused around four key functions: identity management, virtualization, encryption and software integration. Scott McNealy, former CEO and current chairman of Sun and now Sun Federal, was met with a standing ovation as he kicked off the keynote session at Sun's quarterly Network Computing event in Washington, D.C.

Like EMC and a number of other companies that offer storage products, Sun is looking to evolve its offerings into a platform for overall data management, focusing on availability, business continuity and the ability to apply policy to information through the lifecycle of data from creation to deletion. The new platform incorporates its own technology as well as products inherited with last year's acquisition of StorageTek.

"It's really all about the data, not the storage," McNealy said. "It's about retrieval, conditional access and identity management. [We] have to change the approach."

This new approach is being packaged as the "information management maturity model," or IM3, and incorporates the various products in Sun's portfolio. Unlike IBM, which McNealy says handles data in a custom way, Sun focuses on integration across the system.

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