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Sun combines storage, server teams

Posted: 04 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Sun Microsystems has once more undergone reorganizationthis time, with focus on its storage business.

As part of this initiative, the company combined its Storage and Server product teams and created a converged group dubbed the Systems team. The changes took effect Oct.1.

The new team, managed by John Fowler, executive VP of systems at Sun, focuses on the evolution and convergence of computing, storage and networking systems as the distinction among these three continues to decrease over time.

"Talk to any datacenter adminstrator, and that's what they want to hearthey live in a world managing the (often idiosyncratic) interactions of that trinity (computing, storage and networkingand just wait until they're virtualized). We want to be in a position to innovate on their behalf, at the system level, beyond the boxesacross blades, racks, disk and tape," Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz explained in his blog.

Schwartz also lauded Sun's Tape and Archive business, stressing the importance of tape in its future archive strategies. He wrote that it is only tape that can maintain the integrity of data without electricity.

"Tape, with effective indexing and retrieval, represents the most economically responsible (that is, eco-responsible) archive platform for long term storage," Schwartz wrote. "Broadly speaking, tape (and in the future, other forms of removeable media) are a core part of Sun's archive plans. We think there's a ton of innovation we can bring to that market."

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