Hitachi Data Systems and Sun have entered into an agreement for Sun to resell Hitachi's high-end storage array and virtualization platform, according to sources close to the agreement.
The agreement to resell the Hitachi Data Systems Universal Storage Platform and is Network Storage Controller also portends the end of lifee for Sun's Storagetek 6920 Storage System over the next few months.
"I would not be surprised in the least to see Sun finally [end] the 6920 and unleash the HDS USP and NSC to address the gap between the higher-end HDS USP models resold by Sun and the LSI/Engenio mid-range models OEMed by Sun, not to mention addressing any need for storage system based heterogeneous storage consolidation and virtualization," says Greg Schulz, senior analyst with StorageIO.
The discontinuation of the 6920 has long been rumored as has Sun selling off its storage division.
The Sun Storagetek 6920 Storage System and its storage virtualization capabilities are the result of Sun's acquisition of Pirus Networks in 2002, in which Sun incorporated Pirus' virtualization technology into its 6920 controller.
The Hitachi TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform is the company's high-end storage offering, which competes with EMC's Symmetrix DMX and IBM's TotalStorage DS8000.
The TagmaStore Network Storage Controller sits in front of heterogeneous storage devices and virtualizes the storage environment.
Sun declined to comment on the agreement.