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Sun merges storage and server businesses, reiterates commitment to tape

Sun Microsystems' CEO Jonathan Schwartz disclosed that the company plans to merge Sun's server and storage teams into a new group called Sun Systems.

Sun Microsystems' CEO Jonathan Schwartz disclosed that the company plans to merge Sun's server and storage teams into a new group called Sun Systems.

The realignment comes about two years after Sun acquired tape vendor Storage Technology Corp in a $4.1 billion deal.

According to Schwartz, the move will take advantage of Sun's existing "talents and assets" in its push into the ever-expanding storage market.

Current server chief John Fowler will be leading the combined unit. "What we are after here is taking a lot of the expertise of the systems group and applying that more directly to the storage products and portfolio," Folwer said, during a press call with The Register.

Schwartz also reiterated Sun's enthusiasm for tape as a long-term storage medium. Excerpt from his blog:

"In our view, the market for permanent data will only grow. Today, only tape can maintain the integrity of that data without electricity. And, for the data centers we serve, many are seeing the cost of electricity threatening to eclipse their hardware budgets (yes, I'm serious). For disk storage, over a decade, that's easy to see — just look at the power bill to run a SAN."

"Tape, with effective indexing and retrieval, represents the most economically responsible (that is, eco-responsible) archive platform for long-term storage. Broadly speaking, tape (and, in the future, other forms of removable media) are a core part of Sun's archive plans," Schwartz wrote.

This moves comes just two months after a survey conducted by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. of executives at Fortune 500 companies, which concluded that Sun's storage business is losing market share to rivals.

To read more:

Do you still use tape where you work? Do you share Schwartz's enthusiasm of tape as a long-term storage medium?

About Paul Mah

Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

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