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Sun Microsystems Leads With Data In New Era Of Web 2.0

Quoting from a press release:

Sun Microsystems has unveiled a new approach to data management with a four-step strategy that encompasses identity management, virtualisation, security and open and easily-integrated systems and software to deliver greater business value. This strategy, together with its comprehensive product lines and services, puts Sun in position to help customers manage the massive growth of data and the evolving ways to use it in the Participation Age.

During the January-to-March quarter of 2006 Sun and StorageTek's merged operation showed 92 per cent year-over-year growth in data management revenues and double-digit revenue growth in mid- and high-end storage systems. And with 37 per cent of the world's data now stored on systems from Sun, according to an April 2006 Freeman Report, the company is poised to further address the growing worldwide storage market.

"If Web 1.0 was all about computing, then Web 2.0 is also about data," said Betty Lin, Hong Kong General Manager, Storage Group, Sun Microsystems. "More than ever, data is the lifeblood for business growth in the enterprise and traditional approaches to storage are simply not enough for enterprise customers to compete.

"We are 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."

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 per cent according to Gartner.

"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," said Adam Couture, Gartner Principal Analyst.

By addressing the changing nature of data, Sun is helping businesses move from simply storing information to making their data access and management easy and intelligent. Sun's simple, secure, identity-enabled solutions help customers manage data and unlock its value with a unique, four-part approach:

. Identity Built In - Sun offers one of the most complete, secure and identity-based management solutions to safeguard and simplify data as it is migrated to different storage resources. Via Sun Java System Identity Manager software, Sun provides the industry's first complete user provisioning and identity data synchronisation solution to help manage identity profiles and permissions throughout the entire identity lifecycle. This reduces storage costs, strengthens compliance and makes data more valuable as it can be made available securely to more users.

. Virtualisation Built In - From primary storage to archival and protection, virtualisation enables customers to harness legacy and new data as a shared resource across heterogeneous environments. Sun's virtualisation solutions enable simplification of backup and recovery processes, faster recovery and recall times, better performance and increased reliability.

. Security Embedded -- At Sun, security is 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 -- Sun enables customers to future-proof their data with a single, common platform that delivers policy models and automation to help promote trust and provide availability, access and value.

To support its strategy Sun has introduced several key products and services for managing data, including:

. Information Management Maturity Model (IM3) workshops to help customers drive smarter data infrastructures

. The Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS Appliance.

. New versions of the Sun StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager and award-winning Sun StorageTek Enterprise Storage Manager offerings.

Sun's patent-pending IM3 workshop aims to help customers achieve the long-term benefits from smart Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) strategies. In a half-day session, Sun will help enterprises discover where their organisation falls within the model, compare that ranking to industry benchmarks and the competition, and identify the strengths and weakness of their ILM strategies, setting the stage for improvement and future implementations and enhancements moving forward.

As enterprises continue to contend with myriad business and technical issues from data centre complexity to the spiralling 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.

Published Thursday, June 15, 2006 10:05 PM by David Marshall
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