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Sun Takes Action Amidst Concerns

New Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz is intent on overhauling the vendor's storage story, making major managerial changes just weeks after taking the company's reins from Scott McNealy. (See Sun Switches Gears and Sun's McNealy Steps Down.) But users are still looking for the vendor to add flesh to the bones of its long-term storage strategy.

David Yen, the former executive vice president of Sun's scalable systems group, will now become executive VP of the vendor's storage group as Mark Canepa, the firm's former storage supremo, leaves the company. (See Sun Names Storage Boss.) John Fowler, previously executive vice president of x64 systems, will oversee both Sun's x64 and Sparc technologies.

"This tells me that Schwartz sees storage as an opportunity," says Greg Schulz, senior analyst at the StorageIO Group. "He's acting very, very, decisively. It appears that he wants to establish himself from the get-go as someone who takes action."

Sun, despite spending $4.1 billion on StorageTek last year, has not done a very good job of explaining its storage strategy up to now, says Schulz. (See Sun Closes on StorageTek , 2005 Top Ten: M&A, and The Power of Two.) "It's time for Sun to start articulating what they are going to do," he says. "They need to reassure [customers] about what is it that they are doing, why are they doing it, and when are they going to do it."

Users are still looking for more details on how StorageTek fits into Sun's grand plan. "I am not sure that I have seen an up-to-date roadmap," says an IT manager from a U.K. firm in the finance sector, who asked not to be named. "The StorageTek sales guys seem to be comfortable with their own products, but we would like more information on how those integrate with the Sun product roadmap."

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