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Sun Shuts Door on VSM Open

After months of delays, Sun Microsystems finally pulled the plug on its long-awaited Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) Open tape management platform today and is now on the lookout for an alternative technology.

The hardware vendor took responsibility for VSM Open when it bought StorageTek for $4.1 billion last year. Even by that point, StorageTek had been working on the product, a tape management technology for open systems, for well over two years. (See Sun Closes on StorageTek .)

"With regard to VSM Open, it has not been cancelled," explained Sun spokeswoman Michelle Parkinson, in an email. "However, Sun has decided not to release the product in its current form."

Sun, she added, will still participate in the enterprise virtual tape market for open systems and is "currently evaluating other design and development options." The exec, however, would not reveal who the vendor is working with.

Sun had planned to ship the first VSM Open units early in 2006, with volume shipments slated for the second half of this year. But last year the vendor admitted that there were development issues that still needed to be addressed, prompting users to voice their concern about the delays. (See StorageTek Users Voice Support Fears.)

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