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Sun Revamps Midrange Storage Line With New Arrays

Nearly a year after closing its $4.1 billion acquisition of StorageTek, Sun Microsystems has revamped its midrange line of storage arrays that features key designs from both companies.

The Sun StorageTek 6140 and 6540 arrays replace Sun's StorEdge 6130 and StorageTek's FlexLine 200/300, and offer a significant boost in performance. The arrays will compete with EMC's recently released Clariion CX3-20 and CX-80.

Sun has added 4-GB Fibre Channel support with an integrated switching subsystem, which can double overall SAN performance, according to company officials. Also significant is the modularity of the system: Customers can combine Serial ATA-2 and Fibre Channel disks in one tray.

Sun officials emphasize this is the first line that brings together technology of both companies.

"This combines the best of Sun and StorageTek," says Jason Schaffer, Sun's director of product management. "StorageTek has a legacy of being very good in terms of providing heterogeneous support for partners, while Sun has a lecacy of good packaging and simplicity."

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