Sun Shelves Midrange Storage Array

Sun is phasing out its 6920 midrange virtualization array and shifting support to HDS, deepening the storage ties between the two companies.
Sun Microsystems is shifting engineering support for its 6920 midrange storage virtualization array to HDS, deepening the storage ties between the two.

As part of the agreement, HDS will support Sun StorageTek 6920 customers for five years, said Sun spokesperson Michelle Parkinson. Sun will provide customer support, with HDS engineers on the back end.

When 6920 customers are ready to upgrade, they can choose between the 9985 — which Sun OEMs from HDS — for virtualization, and the 6540 modular array (a Sun product with LSI controllers) for a lower-cost option.

"The combined success of the 9900 series and our Sun StorageTek 6540 modular array has minimized space in Sun's portfolio for the 6920, and as such we've decided to stop selling the 6900 series," Parkinson said.

The 6920 came out of Sun's 2002 acquisition of Pirus Networks.

Greg Schultz, founder and senior analyst at StorageIO, said the deal is a good one for both companies, but he added that it could raise concerns about virtualization products and vendor lock-in.

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