Washington, D.C. – (The Hosting News) – May 2, 2006 – Sun Microsystems, Inc. has introduced a new approach to data management with its four-step strategy to address identity management, virtualization, security and open, integratable systems and software.
According to the company, Sun is offering a portfolio of enterprise storage solutions for managing data from creation to deletion. The merged product lines and services are designed to service firms such as HBO, Hewitt Associates, Paramount, Fox Television Stations and Wake Forrest Baptist University to manage the growth of data for use with Participation Age of Web 2.0.
Several key products and services at Sun’s Network Computing launch event will showcase the strategy and product portfolio for managing data, including the new Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS Appliance, new versions of the Sun StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) and Sun StorageTek Enterprise Storage Manager (ESM) offerings, new Sun Services for Managed Operations for Storage, new patent-pending Information Management Maturity Model workshops to help customers drive smarter data infrastructures, and several enhancements to the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) for easier management, access and retrieval of data.
Mark Canepa, Executive Vice President, Data Management Group at Sun Microsystems, Inc. commented, ”’If Web 1.0 was all about computing, then Web 2.0 is also about data. More than ever, data is the lifeblood for business growth in the enterprise. Traditional approaches to storage are not enough for enterprise customers to compete. Sun is setting a course to change the way customers and the industry look at data, from building-in identity management and security to enabling a world in which self-aware applications can discover data wherever it is in its lifecycle.”
Adam Couture, Gartner Principal Analyst added, ”As the storage hardware market continues to grow, storage management is one of the fastest-growing areas of storage service with compound annual growth of over nine percent. While compliance, data security and other high profile factors have an impact on storage management growth, the biggest single factor is businesses trying to cope with the growing complexity of their storage environments.”
Bob Massengill, Manager of Technical Services of Wake Forest Baptist University Medical Center offered, ”Data is the heartbeat of our business model and is critical to providing the highest quality care to our patients. It’s absolutely critical that we make our data easily searchable, accessible and retrievable. Clinicians, health insurance providers and patients need to have readily available access to our information and full trust that our data is secure. Our information must be protected throughout its lifecycle – all of the time, no matter where it is stored. Sun’s data management expertise, complete portfolio of storage and systems products and identity management leadership provided us with the end-to-end, secure and easy to manage storage environment our business operations require.”
By addressing the changing nature of data, Sun hopes to revolutionize the model and help businesses move from simply storing information to making their data access and management easy and intelligent. Sun’s new strategy is designed to capitalize on its identity management software portfolio and its complete, integrated network computing platform. The platform is based on the Solaris 10 OS and leverages its full capabilities to work in heterogeneous environments, including mainframes. As enterprises continue to contend with myriad business and technical issues from data center complexity to the spiraling cost of data management to compliance, Sun will continue to invest in data management security, software, heterogeneous disk and tape, and other new technologies like Project Honeycomb, which represent a new category of products that will change the way applications search for, access and retrieve data.
Sun’s identity-enabled solutions feature a four-part approach, including:
– Identity Built In – Identity-based management solutions to safeguard and simplify data as it is migrated to different storage resources over its lifecycle, via Sun Java System Identity Manager software
Virtualization Built In – From primary storage to archival and protection, virtualization endeavors to enable customers to harness legacy and new data as a shared resource across heterogeneous environments.
Security Embedded – Security designed into the entire system, including identity management and device-level encryption, improving data access and trust. Sun’s systems approach secures data from creation at the application level, on the network and ultimately in archives.
Integrated Data Management Platform – Powered by the Solaris 10 OS, Sun provides a single, common platform that delivers policy models and automation to help promote trust and provide availability, access and value.
Sun has released a range of products and solutions in support of its data management strategy, including the Information Management Maturity Model workshop, the Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS Appliance and new versions of the Sun
Tony Asaro, Senior Analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group commented, ”We are really excited about the activity at Sun. One of the most compelling aspects of this activity is its new Project Honeycomb storage solution. There is still a wide gap between the interrelationship of applications and storage. We believe a new category is being driven by Sun’s Project Honeycomb that ESG is calling application-aware storage, and we feel it will have far reaching implications.”
To learn more, please visit: www.sun.com/aboutsun/media/presskits/networkcomputing06q2.