Sun offers pre-configured SAN

Looking to bolster its position in the market for storage products, Sun Microsystems Inc. on Monday announced it is shipping pre-configured storage area network (SAN) systems designed to help customers get a SAN up and running more quicklyThe offering combines Sun's StorEdge T3 array and its new StorEdge network FC switch series, and is described by Sun as a "customer-ready" SAN because it arrives pre-configured.

The product is available initially for Sun's Solaris operating system, and will be released for Windows NT and Hewlett-Packard Co.'s HP-UX within the next three months. IBM Corp.'s AIX and the Linux operating system will be supported shortly thereafter, Sun said in a statement.

The offering is part of a broader effort by Sun to make inroads against storage specialists like EMC Corp. Sun has made a handful of storage-related acquisitions in recent months and bolstered both its hardware and software offerings in a bid to gain ground on the rival vendor.

Sun will include its StorEdge software with the new SAN offering, including tools for component management, volume management and dynamic multi-pathing. The pre-configured SAN system is shipping immediately priced from US$97,700 for a 327 G-byte configuration up to $481,900 for a 5.2 T-byte configuration, Sun said.

Sun Microsystems, in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at +1-650-960-1300 or at http://www.sun.com/.

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