Sun Microsystems today promised to simplify storage management with a range of subscription-based pricing models for its Java StorEdge storage management software.
The company said that Java StorEdge will be offered as a complete management package, or in four distinct suites designed to address specific storage issues.
"When customers purchase storage hardware, software and services from separate companies, they have difficulty making it work all together," said Mark Canepa, executive vice president of network storage at Sun.
"On top of that, they have to deal with complicated pricing, support and licensing structures, which just make it even more confusing to manage."
Consolidation Suite aims to simplify storage management by bundling core Sun StorEdge software products offering storage resource management, San management with application-aware modules and automated provisioning.
Continuity Suite is designed to ensure access to business data with software that performs back-up, snapshot, mirroring, replication, migration and virtualisation.
Content Suite aims to help customers manage the lifecycle of data with core functionality that includes content and email archiving, content search and high-performance file serving, policy-based data management across storage classes and the ability to create policy-based archiving.
Compliance Suite is engineered to satisfy requirements for record retention by packaging tools such as email and document retention software into a suite that enables policy-based data management.
"Our research supports user demand for bundled storage software solutions. Users want to reduce the complexities associated with purchasing and maintaining software," said Nancy Hurley, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group.
"By including services and maintenance in Java StorEdge, Sun is also helping to address the pain points users experience when implementing and maintaining software solutions."
The package is available with two different subscription pricing options, per-employee and per-terabyte, and is aimed at customers of all sizes.
For the complete Java StorEdge Software package, customers can pay either $350 per employee per year, or purchase storage capacity beginning at $400,000 for five terabytes per year. Each suite also has its own similar subscription model.
According to Sun the model offers a potential cost saving of "at least 30 per cent" in comparison to previous product-based offerings. During the term of the subscription, customers will receive updated products and upgrades at no additional cost.
Sun also unveiled its Managed Storage Services programme and provided updates to its Grid Storage Utility offering of $1 per gigabyte per month.
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