Expect a major head-to-head battle in the storage market, says Sun Microsystems, following the completion of its acquisition of storage company Encore last week.
The acquisition gives Sun the key technology to enable data to be accessed simultaneously from mainframe and Unix systems. The product line will become officially Sun branded in January and the company is confident it can quickly be developed into a $500 million business.
"EMC has revenues of more than $3 billion from the storage market - expect us to go after that directly," said one Sun representative.
The Encore acquisition was delayed for four months by US authorities probing competition issues but once the deal was completed, Sun seemed to have got a bargain at $185 million for a viable company.
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