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Sun Sets on StorageTek

StorageTek the company is gone, and though product direction remains up in the air, the nucleus of the acquired company's management team will play a major role in shaping the future of storage at Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW).

Late yesterday, Sun announced management changes and revealed plans for an expanded storage group, as it closed its $4.1 billion acquisition of StorageTek (see Sun to Acquire StorageTek for $4.1B and Sun Closes on StorageTek ). As for the product roadmap, Sun storage boss Mark Canepa says thats at least a few weeks away from being made public.

“Internally, we’ve decided what products we will keep,” Canepa said on a call last night. “The close just happened. We’ll be communicating first to our sales force.”

Canepa did not say when he will announce the product roadmap, but Sun will address storage in a September 12 quarterly product launch in New York. He did say all Sun storage will be sold under the StorageTek brand. “We’re going to be retaining the StorageTek brand name and put it alongside the Sparc, Solaris, and Java brands."

The StoreEdge designation Sun uses now will eventually go away. For instance, the StorEdge 6920 system will be known as the StorageTek 6920, although it will take time to physically rebrand the boxes.

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