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Quality Awards IV: Sun shines again in tape library challenge
This article is part of the Vol. 8 Num. 5 July/August 2009 issue of Storage magazine
Sun Microsystems Inc. tape libraries took top honors in both the midrange and enterprise categories in the latest Quality Awards survey. When Sun Microsystems Inc. acquired Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) back in June 2005, it raised the eyebrows of more than a few industry analysts. Some doubted that adding a tape library vendor to its arsenal would help Sun, which was struggling to stay viable in the storage market at the time. But the Sun/StorageTek combo has once again teamed up to snare top honors in Storage magazine's fourth annual Quality Awards for tape libraries with a resounding sweep of both the midrange and enterprise product categories. This is the third time Sun has finished first in the enterprise grouping in our service and reliability survey, to go along with two wins among its midrange competition. With all of those wins under its belt, it's still the first time that Sun came out on top in both product groupings in the same survey. And it was only a slim 0.02-point loss to IBM in the enterprise field last...
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Sun Microsystems Inc. tape libraries took top honors in both the midrange and enterprise categories in the latest Storage magazine Quality Awards survey
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