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Storage Clips: Sun storage sales tank

Sun reports 18% drop in storage sales; IBM BladeCenter supports iSCSI; Dell'Oro reports positive outlook for storage.

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Sun storage sales plummet
Sun Microsystems Inc. saw a drop in storage sales of 18% for its fourth quarter, 2005 reflecting the company's ongoing struggle to make a dent in storage market. Overall, Sun reported net income for the quarter of $121 million, or 4 cents a share, down from $783 million, or 23 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue for the quarter was $2.98 billion, a decline of 4% year over year, but up 14% quarter over quarter.

IBM BladeCenter to support iSCSI
SANRAD Incorporated will ship a new version of its iSCSI V-Switch for IBM eServer BladeCenter beginning immediately, the company announced yesterday. The new V-Switch BladeCenter Module will integrate an IP SAN into BladeCenter, and will also pool any attached or fabric-connected FC, SCSI and iSCSI-based storage systems under the BladeCenter architecture.

Research group says outlook good for SAN
A forecast by the Dell'Oro Group says the long-term outlook for the SAN market is bullish, according to a press release yesterday. According to the report, sales of switches and Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) will rise from $2 billion in 2005 to $4 billion in 2009.The Dell'Oro Group report also forecasts that new emerging blade server SAN equipment segments will grow faster than the overall SAN market. According to the report, mezzanine HBAs will quadruple over the next few years.

Medical Nonprofit chooses MTI
MTI Corp. announced yesterday that it has completed installation of a new SAN infrastructure for Gateway Health System, a private nonprofit consortium offering healthcare services in Tennessee and Kentucky. MTI provided data migration, SAN, tiered storage and backup/recovery infrastructure; storage resource management (SRM) implementation; an FC/SATA backup; an automated tape library and management software.

CipherOptics to develop encryption for IBM
CipherOptics Inc will develop a high-speed IPSec encryption blade for the IBM eServer BladeCenter, the companies announced yesterday. An initial offering will support data encryption speeds of up to 1.9 gigabits at wire speed.

3PAR wins repeat business with Savvis
London-based Savvis, Inc. has added a second 3PAR InServ S800 Storage Server and purchased 3PAR Remote Copy replication software, the companies announced today. To date, the company has deployed more than 10 3PAR Utility Storage systems worldwide.

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