Sun Microsystems has extended its global enterprise storage distributor agreement with Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) for another two years.
The move, which comes 12 months before the existing agreement was due for renewal, will give Sun access to Hitachi's enterprise data centre storage technology until 2006.
Since the original distribution deal was signed, Sun said it has supplied more than 5PB and 90,000 drives of Sun StorEdge 9900 series systems, which are based on the Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 V series platform.
Under the terms of the new deal, the companies will extend their collaboration for hardware, software and services to provide improved integration and ease of management in data centre environments.
Collaboration between the companies consists of marketing, sales support, services and joint customer support centres.
HDS president and chief operating officer, Dave Roberson, said that the deal would allow his company to expand its customer base through Sun accounts.
"This agreement provides proof that both companies are committed to driving forward the concept that collaboration is vital in an industry where customers require open, interoperable, high-performance storage solutions from trusted vendors," he said.
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