At the customer-focused storage conference, Storage World, StorageTek (Storage Technology Corporation, NYSE:STK), the leading provider of enterprise information, lifecycle management, announced completion of a strategic OEM partnership agreement with Sun Microsystems. Under the agreement, Sun will market and sell StorageTeks StreamLine SL8500 under the StorEdge brand, as well as StorageTeks Powderhorn 9310 tape library, L-5500, L-700e and L-180 tape libraries.

The vision for Sun and StorageTek has always been to combine our strengths in the most supportive, strategic way possible, and to jointly deliver the best automated tape technology solutions the market has seen to date to the benefit of our global customer base, said Bob Koecheler, StorageTek vice president, global partners and alliances. As we enter the sixth year of our partnership we mark todays success by offering the full feature set for enterprise-class solutions: multi-platform support, tiered tape storage, automation of management and opportunity for lower overall storage cost of ownership.

We are committed to changing forever the way storage is architected, implemented and managed, said Tim Pawloski, Senior Director, Sun Network Storage Products Group. Our partnership with StorageTek will unleash compelling new revenue opportunities with unprecedented levels of sharing between the Sun and StorageTek sales teams.

The SL8500 is the first offering in StorageTeks next-generation StreamLine family of enterprise information lifecycle management solutions, providing unmatched consolidation capabilities, high availability, performance and scalability, while minimizing the footprint in the data center.

This is win-win for global enterprises regardless of size, said Hamish Macarthur, of Macarthur Stroud International. Sun and StorageTek are committed to offering the best automated tape technology solutions. With the addition of the SL8500, both companies are uniquely positioned to deliver cutting edge tape technology.

The agreement gives StorageTek more access to Suns 6,000-strong sales professionals and opens up new joint marketing and selling opportunities. For enterprise customers that require bullet-proof back up and recovery capabilities for mission-critical-data, StorageTek and Sun now have the opportunity to provide the ideal solution to address the consolidation of enterprise and midrange computing infrastructures. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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