PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), today extended its reach into the open systems market by introducing Sun StorEdge(TM) T3 array support for Windows NT, HP-UX, IBM AIX, and Linux system platforms. Now Sun customers can reap the benefits of the highly scalable Sun StorEdge T3 workgroup and enterprise arrays throughout their heterogeneous server environments. With this announcement, Sun delivers on its strategy of open, scalable storage networks and its mission to connect anyone to the web anywhere, anytime, on any device. "Sun customers can now get the benefits of the Sun StorEdge T3 array not only on their Solaris platforms, but also on other platforms that they might have throughout their organizations," said Bill Groth, director of enterprise storage product marketing for Sun Network Storage. "By leveraging a scalable storage platform that is only a fraction of the cost of monolithic storage systems, Sun customers can scale capacity affordably, as requirements dictate." "Sun's storage business has grown dramatically over the past year, as Sun delivered more competitive storage products for the Sun server platform," said John McArthur, vice president of storage research at IDC. "An increasing number of users, however, demand storage solutions that can support multiple server platforms and operating systems. Today's announcement dramatically expands Sun's potential and makes the Sun value proposition of 'centralized management and scalability at a fraction of the cost' available to a much broader range of users." NEXL Network Systems, Inc., a leading provider of IT infrastructure and an iForce (SM) National System Provider for Sun, recently conducted interoperability tests of the Sun StorEdge T3 array in Windows NT 4.0, HP-UX, IBM AIX and Linux environments. In each instance, the array installation was quick and easy, and the array performed above NEXL's expectations. "The installation of the Sun StorEdge T3 array to each of the servers tested was complete plug-and-play," said Dean Oliver, Chief Operating Officer, NEXL Inc. "We had no problems managing, configuring or formatting the disks. In addition, there were no failures of any kind, and all systems, components, GUI displays and configuration timings performed flawlessly. In fact, it was easier to install the Sun StorEdge T3 array in Windows NT than it is to install EMC arrays." Sun StorEdge T3 Array Delivers Unsurpassed Scalability to All Major Operating System Platforms Customers can save on costs of equipment acquisition, administration, training, downtime, and ongoing maintenance by standardizing on Sun StorEdge T3 arrays for their Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, Windows NT, and Linux systems. The modular design and inherent scalability of the Sun StorEdge T3 array allows customers the choice of purchasing in either very small or very large increments to meet their needs. Customers are no longer faced with large equipment outlays to support each of their system platforms; they have the flexibility to address a wide range of storage needs within their enterprise, including database, NFS, web serving and email, and a variety of other workloads. Deploying the Sun StorEdge T3 arrays across multiple host platforms provides customers with a consistent high standard of quality, fibre channel performance, and availability throughout their operation with scalability from 163 gigabytes (GB) to 169 terabytes (TB). As capacity is added, the array provides linear scalability of performance, capacity and availability. Sun Customers Take Advantage of Centralized Management Tools and Global Single-Vendor Storage Support For easy manageability, the Sun StorEdge T3 array includes Sun StorEdge(TM) Component Manager software, a next-generation storage management tool for centralized management of distributed networks. This software provides the ability to locally and remotely manage distributed storage from one central console and allocate storage based upon actual need, rather than system type. Customers can rely on Sun's world-class global support for the Sun StorEdge T3 array across their Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, Windows NT, and Linux platforms. Single-vendor storage support from Sun can significantly reduce administration complexity. Sun can help simplify the tasks of integrating, managing, supporting, and maintaining storage to satisfy the demanding storage requirements organizations are facing today. High Availability Sun StorEdge T3 Enterprise Array Delivers Fail-Over Support Designed for the 24x7 requirements of the Net economy, the Sun StorEdge T3 enterprise array includes fail-over software, which provides a storage availability feature that is not included as a foundation of some operating systems. The fail-over software provides continuous availability in the event of a host bus adapter or path failure by enabling a smooth transition to an alternate available path to the storage system. Sun has also performed extensive testing of the Sun StorEdge T3 array in clustered environments for all of the supported operating system platforms and plans to announce cluster support for these platforms in the near future. Availability, Pricing and Support The Sun StorEdge T3 enterprise and workgroup arrays with support for HP-UX, IBM AIX, Windows NT, and Linux platforms are currently installed in several customer sites, and Sun expects to begin volume shipments this month. The T3 arrays have been shipping with support for Solaris since July 2000. The Sun StorEdge T3 array delivers capacity up to 5.2 TBs within a standard cabinet and up to 169 TBs per server. List pricing for a 163 GB Sun StorEdge T3 array for the workgroup starts at $37,000. The Sun StorEdge T3 array for the enterprise is list priced at $150,890 for a 1.3-TB configuration, while a 5.2-TB configuration is list priced at $603,550. Customers with previously installed Sun StorEdge T3 enterprise arrays can obtain the system's new fail-over software from Sun at no additional charge. Pricing and availability are subject to change without notice. About NEXL NEXL provides IT consulting services in the areas of Managed Services, Enterprise Computing & Storage and Networking for emerging and high growth companies. Since 1989, the firm has a unique reputation for understanding the needs of its clients and for delivering on-time solutions that meet or exceed clients' expectations. More information on NEXL can be found at www.nexl.com. About Sun Network Storage Sun Network Storage was formed by Sun Microsystems in July 1998 and is a recognized multi-billion dollar industry leader in the UNIX(r) and open systems storage market. Sun is changing the rules in network storage by delivering software and hardware written to an open network architecture. Sun's commitment to standards enables timely availability of new technology, investment protection for existing technology, and a thriving partner community. The comprehensive Sun StorEdge family of products enables customers to match storage to the application while providing scalable capacity and performance in a "pay-as-you-grow" architecture. About Sun Microsystems, Inc. Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network Is The Computer(TM) -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc., to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to dot-com their businesses. With $17.6 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com . NOTE: Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Sun StorEdge, Solaris, iForce and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, exclusively licensed through X/Open Company Ltd. CONTACT: Suzanne Eaton of Sun Microsystems, Inc., 510-574-9747, or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Corey Oiesen of Dovetail Public Relations, 408-395-3600, or email@example.com, for Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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