New Midrange Sun StorEdge 6000 Family Delivers Increased Availability

4/9/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced a new family of midrange storage products offering the industry's highest-value bundle of integrated data services and SAN management software at prices up to 45 percent less than EMC's CLARiiON CX400. Offering the best price performance in its class, the first two members in the Sun StorEdge 6000 family are the Sun StorEdge 6120 array and the Sun StorEdge 6320 system.

"The new Sun StorEdge 6000 family fills a significant need for customers seeking innovative ways to maximize their network computing resources. The Sun StorEdge 6320 system alone provides more than 25 percent better performance at nearly 20 percent less cost compared to HP's EVA offering," stated Mark Canepa, executive vice president of Sun Network Storage. "With today's announcement Sun is also delivering on the promise of virtualization and provisioning while other vendors deliver nothing but hype in these areas. The N1 Data Platform is in customer environments and is providing the open storage management, virtualization and provisioning capabilities we have promised to deliver."

Sun StorEdge 6000 Family of Midrange Products
The Sun StorEdge 6000 family has been designed from the ground up on Sun's proven and tested storage architecture that offers customers increasingly flexible storage systems with features normally found only in high-end offerings. These advanced features include an intuitive management interface, CIM standard compliant array, LUN and SAN management, path failover and load balancing software, and Solaris point-in-time, and remote replication.

"With this announcement, Sun's storage strategy becomes consistent with Sun's overall strategy of offering customers integrated, pre-tested and open solutions," said Randy Kerns, senior partner at Evaluator Group. "Providing software stacks with hardware purchases is part of a bold strategy Sun is making on all fronts, allowing customers to more easily purchase complete solutions. It is encouraging that Sun is extending this strategy to the storage market."

The first two products in the Sun StorEdge 6000 family are:

"At Sprint, our customers demand a repeatable, highly reliable hosting configuration that can be deployed quickly and with a high degree of confidence," stated Kurt Gastrock, vice president of Hosting Solutions, Sprint. "For these reasons, Sprint already uses many of Sun's products in our customer solutions. We are currently evaluating the StorEdge 6320 and 6120 to confirm that their improved price and performance will better meet our customers' needs."

N1 Data Platform
As the next step in the delivery of our N1 strategy, the N1 Data Platform provides storage pooling and consolidation through virtualization, allowing customers to flexibly allocate their existing storage resources, as well as, new systems on demand. This allows customers to decrease their need to purchase and over provision storage capacity, as well as, lower their total cost of ownership. Deployment of the Sun N1 Data Platform is available for Sun and multi-vendor environments through Sun Services engagements which enable rapid deployment and time to service and can be integrated with all of Sun Storage's offerings.

Sun StorEdge ESM V. 1.2 and Enterprise Backup 7.0 Software
The Sun StorEdge Enterprise Storage Manager (ESM) V. 1.2 includes enhancements to the original ESM product that are primarily focused on increasing the breadth of device support requirements to simplify the management of and increase the reliability and availability of Sun's Open SAN environments. Sun StorEdge Enterprise Backup 7.0 software, an integral component of Sun's data continuance solutions, delivers centralized data protection and management across multi-vendor environments.

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