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Sun Ships 1600 Terabytes of Fibre Channel Storage
Extends Lead In Fibre Channel Storage Area Network Solutions
November 17, 1998,
Volume 8, Issue 1

Further solidifying its fibre channel and storage area network (SAN) leadership, Sun announced that it has shipped 1,600 terabytes (TB) of Sun StorEdge A5000 array fibre channel storage since the product's introduction one year ago. The company also announced its Sun StorEdge A5000 array is now interoperable with Microsoft Windows NT operating environments, making it the most popular fibre channel storage solution in the industry.

As a central building block of Sun's Intelligent Storage Network (ISN), the Sun StorEdge A5000 arrays enable customers to specifically tailor their storage needs to applications that require high availability and performance within the enterprise. The Sun StorEdge A5000 arrays allow customers to build and deploy a storage infrastructure over distances spanning 500 meters when used with Sun's fibre channel hubs.

Later this year Sun plans to increase the distance to 10 kilometers via a SAN architecture enabling incremental data consolidation, improved disaster recovery and freedom from the space constraints of the data center. Such flexibility, along with exceptional availability and performance, have made the Sun StorEdge A5000 array the industry's most popular full-fibre, second-generation solution for network storage applications such as data warehousing, where high bandwidth is key to application performance, and disaster recovery and business continuance.

Large configurations of multiple Sun StorEdge A5000 arrays scale to more than one gigabyte (GB)/sec with zero-downtime expansion capabilities for mission-critical availability and virtually unlimited scalability. In the future, Sun plans to provide fibre channel switches which will further increase the connectivity options and distance capabilities of Sun's ISN. Now with full Windows NT support, the Sun StorEdge A5000 array allows for the implementation of heterogeneous fibre channel storage within the enterprise. "

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