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Sun Shifts SAN to HDS

After months of speculation, Sun finally washed its hands of its 6920 midrange SAN system today, foisting the under-performing array onto Hitachi Data Systems.

Neither firm is disclosing the financial terms of the deal, which has been rumored for some time. Last year, industry sources claimed that Sun had talked to HDS and perhaps others about selling all or select parts of its storage business, though Sun played down these rumors. (See Sun Storage Chief: We're Not for Sale.)

HDS, which is currently fleshing out its own storage portfolio, will now be responsible for the 6920. (See HDS Hikes High-End NAS.) "What's happened is that we have signed an engineering support agreement with HDS for them to support the 6920 for five years," says Sun spokeswoman Michelle Parkinson.

The move is effectively the death-knell for the 6920, and Parkinson told Byte and Switch that an enhanced version of the product, the 6940, is now cancelled.

That said, it seems unlikely that HDS will now tie the 6920's technology into its own products. (See HDS PrepsTagmaStore, Ponders Sun.) Sun bills the 6920 as a virtualization system, and HDS has its own midrange SAN systems with virtualization. (See Hitachi Plans Midrange Rollout and HDS Strips Disk.)

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