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Sun Merges Server Groups, Names New Storage Head

Sun Microsystems combined its server groups into one organization and named a new head of its storage operations as part of a reorganization the company announced Monday.

Sun said Mark Canepa, head of its Data Management Group, has left to pursue other opportunities after 10 years at the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company. He is being replaced by David Yen, formerly vice president of Sun's Scalable Systems Group, which encompasses Sun's SPARC servers.

Sun also merged its Scalable Systems Group and Network Systems Group, which is responsible for Sun's Opteron servers, into one unit. The new group is called the Sun Systems Group and will be run by executive vice president John Fowler, who previously ran the Network Systems Group. He will now oversee all Sun systems products, ranging from x64-based servers to UltraSPARC IV+ products and Coolthreads-based T1000 and T2000 systems.

Fowler and Yen will report directly to Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's president and CEO. "We see alignment and acceleration opportunities in combining our systems efforts," Schwartz said.

Mark Teter, CTO of Advanced Systems Group, a Denver-based Sun solution provider, viewed the changes as positive. "I got the impression that Canepa didn't get involved with the channel intimately," he said. "I know that wasn't his job. It just seems his relationship with the channel wasn't as close as with his peers."

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