New Sun StorEdge[tm] Products Deliver Increased Density, Performance and Manageability at Value Price Points

2/11/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced the addition of the value-priced Sun StorEdge[tm] 3510 Fiber Channel (FC) array and 3310 NAS product that provide best-in-class storage density, more standard ports for increased configurability, NEBS certification, and Mil-Spec compliance for broader flexibility in installation.

"Sun continues to set the pace in the industry for open standards, density and price performance," said Mark Canepa, executive vice president of Sun Network Storage. "The 3510 FC array supports 1024 LUNs and eight ports, more than four times what Dell offers for the same price point. Sun Fire[tm] Blade Platform customers will benefit from the 3310 NAS solution, the first ultra-dense storage solution optimized for blade environments. Best of all, customers will be able to manage their storage in an N1 virtualized and automated environment."

Both new products provide a common GUI interface that enables consistent storage management across all arrays in the Sun StorEdge 3000 family. This simplifies management and speeds implementation to minutes vs. hours. In support of multi-platform environments, the Sun StorEdge 3000 family of products supports the Solaris[tm] Operating Environment, and the Windows, Linux, HP/UX and IBM AIX operating systems.

"The features designed into Sunís StorEdge 3000 family of products are a good fit for the needs of the entry-level marketplace," said Randy Kerns, senior partner, Evaluator Group. "Sun has done a good job of delivering high-density arrays that offer solid performance and high availability that fit the market at attractive price points."

The Sun StorEdge 3510 FC
The Sun StorEdge 3510 FC array provides reliable, affordable fibre channel storage for entry-level Storage Area Networks (SANs). Starting in a 2U, 12 drive form factor, the Sun StorEdge 3510 FC array is capable of scaling to accommodate up to 5.2TB of storage in a 6U form factor. This makes it an ideal solution for mobile applications and high-density environments. Contributing to lower total cost of ownership (TCO), the up to eight standard FC ports of the 3510 FC array Ė the most delivered in entry-level storage Ė increases available performance and reduces the need for external edge switches. The feature-rich array offers a transparent controller fail-over capability, an industry first, that improves availability without the need for more software on the attached servers. The array is designed to complement and work seamlessly with the Sun Fire V480, V880, and just announced, V1280 systems.

The Sun StorEdge 3310 NAS Companion To Blade Platform
The Sun StorEdge 3310 NAS product is a rack-dense, entry-level storage offering that is optimized for the new Sun Fire Blade Platform. Combined, Sunís new blade storage and system technology provides the best rack-dense, real-estate efficient, end-to-end solution. One Sun StorEdge 3310 NAS product will support a rack of Sun Fire Blades.

The new Sun StorEdge 3000 family arrays deliver the best value and choice to customers seeking to do more with less. The two new products are broadly targeted to companies that need to drive down TCO in their computing and storage environments while increasing the overall manageability and performance. For example, the products are well suited to financial services firms for CRM and financial data applications, as well as schools for departmental records and virtual material archives.

The Sun StorEdge L8 and SDLT 320
Todayís announcement also expands Sunís data continuance storage solutions with the new Sun StorEdge L8 AutoLoader tape product and SDLT 320 standalone tape drive. The new L8 Autoloader includes Linear Tape Open (LTO) drive technology, and bundled with Sun Solstice Backup[tm] software, can provide high density, reliable and low-cost automated backup solutions for workgroup customers. This solution, along with next generation SDLT desktop tape drives, helps simplify backup and recovery in workgroup environments.

A Great Fit For iForce Partners Who Sell, Service and Deliver
"The recent announcement of the Sun StorEdge 3310 SCSI array is a good example of how Sun is delivering a comprehensive storage platform from edge computing to the data center," said Scott Zahl, vice president, Sun Microsystems Business Unit, GE Access.

"With the addition of Sunís new blade products, Sunís partners now have a server and storage platform that can effectively meet customer requirements across an extensive range of solutions to meet business needs."

Pricing and Availability
The Sun StorEdge 3510 FC array has a starting price of $22,995 U.S. List for a 5x36GB 1 RAID controller unit and is available at the end of February. The Sun StorEdge 3310 NAS product has a starting price of $18,995 U.S. List for a 5x36 GB 1 RAID controller unit and is available Q2 CY03. The Sun StorEdge L8 AutoLoader tape product, with the Solstice software bundle, starts at $9,600. Finally, the SDLT 320 tape drive starts at $5,195. The latter two products are available immediately.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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