Sun Microsystems has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pirus Networks, Inc. Pirus Networks is a privately held company based in Acton, Mass. Pirus designs and manufactures storage networking components (intelligent switches) for open systems environments. Sun will acquire Pirus Networks in a stock-for-stock transaction. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of Sun's 2003 fiscal year (Dec. 29, 2002).
Sun made the following statement: "By integrating Pirus Networks' technology into our existing end-to-end architecture, we are gaining the ability to create a unified storage network."
Pirus Networks overview
Pirus Networks was founded in Dec., 1999 with a goal of developing intelligent storage networking switches. The Pirus Storage Utility Switch (PSX-1000) is its first product in a proposed family of intelligent switches. The PSX-1000 combines storage and access services, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, NFS and CIFS with storage functionality including virtualization, security and point-in-time copy. The Pirus PSX-1000 is a switch-based abstraction that combines virtualization for block access with file serving as NAS controller. The PSX-1000 is a proprietary switch with embedded code for the virtualization and NAS. The solution supports heterogeneous server and storage attachment. The switch architecture is designed with full internal redundancy.
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This was first published in October 2002