Sun to announce storage exec appointments

Sun is expected to announce as early as next week that a former storage analyst will join the company as vice president of strategy and planning under Mark Canepa, executive vice president of Sun's Network Storage Products Group.

Randy Kerns, a former analyst with the Evaluator Group, will be responsible for setting Sun's storage strategies and shoring up its Data Management Group.

Randy joins Sun at an apt time -- the company earlier this year announced its intention to acquire tape automation vendor StorageTek. Kerns has experience at IBM, Fujitsu, Tandem Computers and StorageTek.

The company is transferring a number of its Burlington, Mass.-based employees to Colorado, where it is rumored to be setting up a significant storage operation. Among them is James Whitemore, vice president of network storage. The company also has storage investments in Newark, Calif., where it primarily does storage marketing and product management.

The company is bolstering its storage portfolio with the addition of Nancy Hurley as senior director of storage software marketing for Sun Network Storage. Hurley was formerly with the Enterprise Strategy Group, a research firm in Milford, Mass.

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