Sun acquires virtualization switch company

Sun Microsystems Inc., in an attempt to get a jump on the storage virtualization market, Thursday acquired startup Pirus Networks Inc. for an undisclosed stock-for-stock transaction.

Pirus makes a storage switch that promises to help businesses consolidate mixed storage devices and servers under a single management interface and speed access to stored data. The Storage Utility Switch PSX-1000 lets block-based storage-area network, file-based network-attached storage and server-attached storage data be managed together.

Sun announced that the Pirus switch will be integrated into its N1 architecture and strategy, which provides companies with software and utilities to let them create virtual pools of computing power that can be applied to business tasks as and when required.

Pirus will become a business unit of Sun, reporting to Mark Canepa, Sun network storage executive vice president.

"Pirus Networks brings to our team a wealth of experience and knowledge that will be instrumental in helping to build on our N1 strategy of delivering easy-to-manage next-generation networks," Canepa said in a prepared statement.

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