New Arrow Unit to Focus on Sun Storage LineBy John Hazard | Print
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Distributor Arrow Electronics is building a new unit to take advantage of Sun's growing storage presence since the vendor's acquisition of StorageTek in 2005.Distributor Arrow Electronics is building a new business unit around Sun Microsystems' storage solutions.
This move takes advantage of Sun's growing storage presence following its acquisition of StorageTek last June, Arrow officials said.
The distributor also announced on Feb. 13 a deal with Sun to move the vendor's StorageTek line of tape storage solutions through its MOCA unit of Sun resellers.
Arrow, based in Melville, New York, is adding eight new employees, including a field director for Sun storage sales, as well as storage specialists on the engineering and sales side, to "beef up" its current Sun storage resources.
The as yet unnamed unit will be led initially by Bill Page, currently senior vice president of MOCA's services business and an Arrow veteran.
Arrow's first task, Powell said, is to convince StorageTek resellers to sign on as Sun resellers. Once on board, StorageTek legacy VARs will receive an orientation and training in the balance of the Sun line, he said.
Sun acquired the tape storage provider in June 2005 for $4.1 billion to fill out its nascent storage practice and round out the portfolio as the Santa Clara, Calif., company prepares to compete with EMC, Hewlett-Packard and IBM for position in the data center market, where bundled servers and storage are the foundation of the grid computing concept.
Sun also announced plans the week of Feb. 6 for an OEM business unit, which officials said it created to take advantage of the continued migration in data centers away from proprietary hardware and software and toward more open- and industry-standard products.