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Oracle Will Keep Sun's Storage, Tape Businesses

Now that the merger is consummated, Oracle is doing, well, exactly what it said it would do. The company is outlining plans to expand, not dump, Sun hardware, including the storage and tape business. Enterprise Storage Forum has the details.


Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) yesterday proved it wasn't kidding when it said it would keep Sun's data storage business, announcing plans to compete in the markets for disk and tape storage.

In presentations and documents, Oracle outlined its strategy now that its merger with Sun Microsystems is complete.

During a day-long event Wednesday, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison touted Sun's storage systems as a good alternative to NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP), while new Oracle hardware exec John Fowler said the Sun 7000 open storage line — now the ZFS Storage Appliance — will be at the heart of the company's storage strategy, and the two have already partnered on the Sun Oracle Database Machine, or Exadata 2.

"Storage is an extremely critical component of our customers' information management requirements," Oracle said in an FAQ document. "Because of the nature of the database and applications business, Oracle has been investing for many years in storage-related software and clustering technologies.

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Oracle to Keep Sun's Data Storage, Tape Businesses