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Sun Focuses On Storage In Quarterly Update

Sun Microsystems Tuesday plans to focus its quarterly update on new storage products as well as a refresh of its midrange server line.

Sun's storage product blitz will run the gamut from entry-level to high-end products. The midrange server update will focus on select models of its four-way and eight-way Sun Fire servers, each boasting chips with multithreading technology for the first time.

The new storage offerings are important because they are part of an initiative by Sun to cut the cost and complexity of IT environments, said Adam Mendoza, director of strategic alliances for Sun network storage. "We've been providing storage solutions to customers for years," Mendoza said. "Never before have we had such a variety of products."

Part of that variety is technology that allows solution providers to simultaneously install both SATA and Fibre Channel hard drives in Sun's StorEdge 3000 family, which it OEMs from Dot Hill.

Putting SATA and Fibre Channel drives in a single array is a great way to handle information that doesn't require immediate access, as well as time-critical data, said Geoff Hanson, technical director at Pomeroy IT Solutions, a Hebron, Ky.-based Sun solution provider.

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