Sun Microsystems, Inc. has opened three new Sun Storage Centers in Denver, Colorado; Singapore; and the United Kingdom.
The company said the storage centers are designed to help customers develop and implement complete storage solutions, bringing together at a Sun site the hardware, software and staff resources needed to architect, test and develop support for specific storage and storage area network (SAN) solutions.
"Despite all of the hype and promises, the sad truth is that implementing heterogeneous storage area networks isn't a task for the faint of heart," said Adam Couture, storage services analyst for Gartner Dataquest. "Sun's storage centers mean that complex storage solutions can be configured, installed, tweaked and tested in a non-disruptive environment well before a customer commits mission critical data to it."
According to the Sun, in these centers, Sun's network storage experts, along with consultants from Sun Professional Services, specialists from Sun Support Services, and system engineers work together to develop the optimum solutions in the shortest possible time. Each center houses a variety of servers, storage devices, Sun StorEdge systems and storage management software as well as partner products. "With the opening of these facilities, we are expanding our ability to develop new, complete storage solutions for our customers," said Mark Canepa, Vice President, Sun Network Storage. "They not only enable the testing of complex environments, they also provide concentrated resources to meet customers' expectations for industry-leading solutions from Sun."