Sun Extends Sun StorEdge(TM) T3 Array Support to Windows NT, HP-UX, IBM AIX and Linux Environments

Sun Delivers on Strategy for Open Scalable Storage Networks

Jan 10, 2001, 00:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    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
     "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
     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
     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
     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
     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 .
     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; or Corey Oiesen of Dovetail Public Relations,
 408-395-3600, or, for Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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