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SNW: Leftover Tidbits

Unseasonably cool and wet weather in San Diego for Storage Networking World this week left little time for the beach and golf, and lots of time for talk.

Here are some of the best things we heard:

Sun Storage Update: Suns ship date for the Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) Open -- first talked about by StorageTek in late 2004 -- has slipped again, with no new target in sight.

“We’re still committed to it, but it’s being completely re-thought,” Sun chief marketing officer James Whitemore says of the missing virtual tape library (VTL) product.

StorageTek announced the product in October 2004, setting a delivery date for 2005. (See StorageTek Flexes Disk.) The ship date got pushed again after Sun acquired StorageTek last year, and last November Sun storage boss Mark Canepa said the product would be ready early this year with volume shipments by the end of 2006. (See Sun Sets on StorageTek and StorageTek Users Voice Support Fears.)

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