Sun Launches Cluster Open Storage Program

5/21/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the launch of the Sun Cluster Open Storage Program, offering customers an expanded choice of third-party storage devices that support Sun's high-availability Sun Cluster solution. As part of the program, Sun is working closely with storage vendors, including EMC, IBM and Network Appliance, to enable the self certification of their respective storage arrays. The Program ensures the same qualification rigor that Sun uses to validate Sun Cluster 3 with Sun StorEdge. This enables greater customer storage choice while ensuring the same high-quality, cluster configurations that have been the trademark of the Sun qualification process. Jointly supported by Sun and third-party storage vendors through TSANet, these Sun Cluster configurations offer seamless support, ensuring the highest levels of availability for mission-critical applications. The announcement builds on Sun's current enterprise-class storage offerings and demonstrates the company's commitment to working with new partners to deliver high availability solutions.

"In today's diverse IT climate, customers want increased choice in configurations without compromising on availability and quality," said Ann Wettersten, vice president, software systems marketing, Sun Microsystems. "With the Sun Cluster Open Storage Program, customers now enjoy a wider choice of storage arrays that seamlessly interoperate with Sun Cluster. The Program enforces high quality and joint support giving customers the assurance that their Sun Cluster deployments will continue to deliver unmatched levels of high availability."

"The high availability characteristics of a clustered environment make it a key component of a customers' information lifecycle management strategy," said Don Swatik, vice president of global solutions, EMC. "EMC's participation in the Sun Cluster Open Storage Program further provides our mutual customers with assurances of greater interoperability and joint support."

"Network Appliance is a natural fit for the Sun Cluster Open Storage Program," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of marketing, Network Appliance, Inc. "Through the program, NetApp unified storage systems provide enterprise customers with increased choice and investment protection for their Sun Cluster environments. This unique combination delivers both the high availability expected from Sun Cluster and the added flexibility and simplicity that NetApp unified storage solutions deliver."

Sun Cluster 3 is integrated with the highly secure, reliable and scalable Solaris(TM) Operating System, providing customers with ease of management, and expanded application and agent support. Through the Open Storage Program, Sun is providing qualified resellers and OEMs with opportunity to offer customers Sun Cluster configurations utilizing certified third-party storage arrays, enabling new growth opportunities for the channel. Additionally, Sun Cluster is a key component of the Sun(TM) Java(TM) Enterprise System, an open standards-based software system, providing customers with a fully integrated high availability solution delivered on a predictable cycle to help ensure increased service levels and reduced costs and complexity.

The new Open Storage Program comes as the company approaches its upcoming NC04Q2 product launch in June, Sun's quarterly unveiling of new technology innovations that further improve the delivery of network services.

Pricing and Availability
Interested third-party storage vendors should visit for more information on how to certify their storage arrays for Sun Cluster.

About Sun Cluster 3
Sun Cluster software delivers improved service levels for mission-critical applications by providing continuous network, data, and service availability, making recovery from failure transparent to clients. It also helps reduce costs by simplifying management of the entire infrastructure and improving the resource utilization of the system. For more information about Sun's high availability solutions, please visit

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