Gartner Ranks Sun No. 1 in UNIX Storage Market

Gartner Dataquest released its independent numbers on U.S. information storage units, ranking Sun Microsystems Inc. number one in worldwide revenue of the consolidated UNIX storage market.

According to the report by industry research and advisory firm Gartner Dataquest, Sun’s UNIX-based storage growth continued to outpace the overall market and increased by over 27 percent in 2000, to over $3.2 billion. Gartner Dataquest’s results also ranked Sun the number one storage provider in its host-attached external storage ranking.

“Sun is focused on delivering enterprise quality storage products and services that enable our customers to get maximum business gain for their investment. The Gartner Dataquest report underscores that our strategy and products are in line with our customers’ requirements,” said Kathleen Holmgren, vice president of Network Storage Solutions at Sun. “Our flagship Sun StorEdge(TM) T3 array has had wide acceptance due to its unique ability to scale capacity, performance and availability to meet the needs of growing businesses. It has also received wide acceptance in large enterprises with nearly 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies using the T3 array today.”

Roger Cox, chief analyst with Gartner Dataquest said, “The UNIX storage market is one of the fastest growing segments of the storage industry. Gartner Dataquest is forecasting the number of terabytes associated with the UNIX storage market will grow from 103,722 terabytes in 2000 to 1,890,400 terabytes in 2005, a 78.7% CAGR. Having an offering that meets the demands of the UNIX market will be a very important component for any major storage player in the industry.”

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