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Sun Adds Tools & Services

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:JAVA) today announced the addition of powerful developer tools and expanded professional service capabilities to help developers better leverage the growing open source communities that are fast changing the economics of the storage IT landscape. Over 3,000 members and 30+ projects within an active and growing OpenSolaris(TM) storage community demonstrate a groundswell within the storage industry for developers and enterprise companies to use open source alternatives to expensive proprietary storage offerings.

Developers can learn more about the open storage revolution at or experience it first-hand at

Today's storage industry is still largely closed and proprietary, with most customers locked-in to one particular vendor. Sun has opened up the storage platform to deliver dramatic increases in performance and price-performance for customers and, at the same time, created a whole new world for developers to build new applications and innovation in the storage world. The use of open platforms allows developers to re-purpose and re-use hardware through the simple addition of new software something not offered by proprietary solutions.

“The storage industry is undergoing a radical transformation that parallels what servers went through a decade ago,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems Group, Sun Microsystems. “Solaris OS, ZFS and the work of the OpenSolaris storage community provide rock-solid, enterprise class scalability and value, giving customers a low-cost way to leverage these open architectures without sacrificing quality or reliability.”

Sun Microsystems Inc.