Sun Microsystems has unveiled a new range of storage software, hardware and services which the company claimed will address ever growing demands for storage capacity.
UK storage product marketing manager Chris Atkins said the product line would include new filing system software and offerings for continued availability and disaster recovery, as well as monitoring tools.
"The issue for IT managers is to reduce as much complexity from storage as possible," he explained. "Now that budgets are under the microscope, storage must be more affordable."
In the hardware space, the company will release its StorEdge 3900 and 6900 series storage systems optimised for Solaris but also supporting multi-vendor environments.
Pricing starts at around £70,000 for 1Tb storage, increasing in scale to a maximum of 10Tb on request.
Short-term management services will be provided by Sun's Professional Services division as well as a training programme for channel partners.
"Companies would rather develop skills for themselves, so this isn't a long-term service offering," said Atkins.
According to analyst group IDC, the global storage market could be worth $25bn this year.
One Sun reseller sparked controversy this week when he said that, if the HP/Compaq merger goes ahead, Sun could be "finished" in every market in which it competes.
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