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Sun Will Resell Diligent De-Duplication

Longstanding rumors have come true: Sun has announced it will bypass OEM FalconStor to offer data de-duplication to its customers via an agreement with Diligent. (See Diligent & the De-Dupe Rumor Mill and VTL Vendors Ponder De-Dupe.)

Directly and through its channel, Sun will resell Diligent's ProtecTIER suite of in-line data de-duplication software to customers with enterprise and mid-range configurations. The offering will be sold on request as part of Sun professional services engagements. Support will come directly from Diligent or through Sun.

The arrangement is not exclusive for either vendor.

The news is a slap in the face to FalconStor, which has a close OEM relationship with Sun. Indeed, Sun's recently announced VTL Value system, the first storage system based on the Sun X4500 "Thumper" platform, employs FalconStor VTL software.

Now, Sun customers will have two choices: the X4500 with FalconStor-based VTL Value and no de-duplication; or the X4500 with Diligent's ProtecTIER, which also has a VTL interface and offers de-duplication.

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