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Sun SANs Slapped

Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) isn't shining in the networked storage universe, according to a recently published survey from Heavy Reading, the market research division of Light Reading Inc., Byte and Switch's parent company.

According to Heavy Reading's Fall 2003 Storage Networking Market Perception Study, in which 380 buyers and users of storage area network products rated 135 different vendors on key market perception criteria, Sun's brand is recognized by 53.7 percent of would-be storage equipment buyers. But less than 5 percent of respondents named Sun as a market leader for price, product performance, quality and reliability, or service and support.

Of the 15 vendors that offer products in three or more storage networking categories covered by the Heavy Reading survey, Sun ranked only 13th overall. Only 4.1 percent of those surveyed thought Sun a leader in price, 4.7 percent in product performance, 4.1 percent in product quality and reliability, and 3.7 percent in service and support.

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Source: Heavy Reading

What gives? Sun has storage networking products galore, including Fibre Channel SAN and NAS hardware as well as SAN and storage resource management software. It has customers (see Sun Ballyhoos Storage Customers) and touts the performance of its gear (see Sun Eclipses IBM on SPC Test).

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