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Engenio's Sun Rises

Engenio Information Technologies Inc., clinging to the hope of going public before long, today picked up another OEM customer when it sealed a deal with Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW).

Sun has agreed to resell an Engenio system as the StorEdge 6130 midrange SAN system. Jim Comstock, Suns senior director of storage strategy, calls the 6130 the “baby brother” to the StoreEdge 6920 that began shipping last month as part of Sun's effort to beef up its disappointing midrange SAN line (see Sun Storage Slumps).

The new Sun system is based on the same Engenio 2882 controller that IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) sells as the DS4300, and Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) (NYSE: STK)
and Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) (NYSE: SGI) also sell. But Sun will uses its own Enterprise Storage Manager (ESM) software instead of Engenio’s SANtricity software, which IBM sells with its product. ESM will provide capabilities such as snapshot and volume copy on the system, Sun says, which supports Fibre Channel and SATA drives.

“This extends our data services reach into the lower end of the midrange,” Comstock says.

Sun resells Hitachi Data Systems (HDS)

high-end SAN systems and low-end systems from Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq: HILL), but it has struggled while manufacturing its own midrange storage (see Sun Expands Storage, Hitachi Struts Mr. Universal, Sun Dogs Dot Hill, and Sun Shines on Dot Hill). The new StorEdge 6920 is built on technology Sun acquired from Pirus in 2002, and the new 6130 system can run behind the 6920 to provide SATA (see Sun Sings New Storage Song). The 6130 will replace the StorEdge 6120.

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