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Sun Storage Chief: We're Not for Sale

Because Sun Microsystems hasn't laid out a clear storage strategy and has undergone big structural changes in the 14 months since its $4.1 billion acquisition of StorageTek, the rumor mill has been working overtime on its storage division.

Industry sources claim that Sun has talked to partner Hitachi Data Systems and perhaps others about selling all of its storage, or either its tape, disk or select parts of its disk business. (See Sun, Hitachi Talk Storage.)

David Yen, who replaced Mark Canepa as EVP of Sun's Storage Group in May, told Byte and Switch today that none of that is true. (See Sun Names Storage Boss and Sun Takes Action Amidst Concerns.)

"I'm amazed at some of the rumors I hear -- that we're selling off the business or making certain personnel changes," he says. "We just spent $4.1 billion to acquire StorageTek. It doesn't make sense for us to sell it off. If we talk to HDS about our partnership, people automatically use the word 'sell.' None of those things are true."

Yen even denied one rumor we hadn't heard -- that he's leaving Sun for a position at Stanford University. He also denied that marketing VP Nigel Dessau will be the next to leave Sun.

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