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Sun Opens Tape Again

Sun today unveiled the long-awaited replacement for the Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) Open tape management technology it ditched earlier this year, as it attempts to tie up the loose ends from its StorageTek acquisition. (See Sun, FalconStor Develop VTL and Sun Shuts Door on VSM Open.)

The vendor used its Forum user conference in Last Vegas to release its heterogeneous tape roadmap, detailing plans for Virtual Tape Library (VTL) appliances based on the Solaris 10 operating system and software from FalconStor.

StorageTek spent more than two years developing VSM Open, only for Sun to can the technology earlier this year, before the first units were even launched. Last year, Sun admitted that it was struggling with VSM Open, prompting frustration from StorageTek users waiting on the technology. (See StorageTek Users Voice Support Fears and Sun Closes on StorageTek .)

Today, however, Sun announced its own tape management plans. A low end appliance, VTL Plus, will be available this quarter, according to Jon Benson, Sun's vice president of tape storage, and a high end offering, VTL Enterprise, will be on the market sometime next year.

"It will be completely heterogeneous," adds Benson. "Regardless of OS, it will work with any environment." The exec, however, would not reveal pricing for the devices.

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