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Published: 19 Oct 2012

This month, we're looking at the continuing saga of Hewlett-Packard and storage (see "HP reassures the faithful," p. 18). Even as we were finishing up this story, Sun acquired StorageTek. This now makes two of the four most important server vendors that have gone the acquisition route in the last four years in storage (HP was obviously motivated by more than storage when acquiring Compaq). We've written before about the mixed role server vendors play in the storage market. They're large companies with a lot of resources to develop new technology, and they have an easy entree into many potential users' shops. They also tend to believe they can lead with their strong suit--servers--and storage will magically fall in line. That might sound good in a dark room full of marketing folks staring at slides, but it's not always compelling in broad daylight in your shops. Admittedly, Sun is quite different from HP/Compaq. There's little overlap between Sun and StorageTek, and neither is seriously involved in the commodity PC world that drove HP's acquisition of Compaq.... Access >>>

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