Sun appoints systems product manager

Sun appoints systems product manager

Solaris 10 nearing 12 million worldwide download licenses

Sun Microsystems has appointed Sam Tan to the role of A/NZ systems product manager.

Tan is responsible for the growth of the systems business throughout the region and will manage Sun's systems portfolio from x86 AMD and Intel systems to blade servers and eco-friendly CoolThreads systems, as well as the Solaris operating system.

In addition, Tan will support Sun's strategic relationships across ANZ, such as the recent OEM licensing deals with Microsoft, IBM and Dell.

Sun Microsystems acting managing director for Australia, Duncan Bennet, said the latest IDC statistics show that in Australia, Sun has the number one position in the overall server market.

"Maintaining this position is a focus for Sun and Tan's broad business experience means he is well placed to develop this practice, drive business and support our customers and partners through this exciting stage," Bennet said.

Commenting on his appointment yesterday, Tan said it is a great time to be in the systems business with Sun releasing its latest eco innovation product codenamed Project Blackbox.

It is the world's first data centre in a shipping container, and it recently toured Sydney and Canberra.

"This was a magnificent opportunity to demonstrate our market leadership in solving cost, space and heat issues and better meet and exceed customer demand for greener IT solutions," Tan said.

In line with Sun's continued focus on eco-responsible technology, the world's first system on a chip, the UltraSPARC T2 was launched earlier this year.

"It offers more functionality with the lowest wattage per core and thread of any processor available," Tan said.

"Another key focus for Sun's systems division is Solaris 10 which has almost 12 million worldwide download licenses and runs on more than 900 x 86 systems from Sun and third parties like Dell, HP, IBM, Acer, Toshiba and Fujitsu.

"With our recent announcements about the OEM licensing of Solaris through key vendors like Dell and IBM, Sun is increasing its reach across multiple platforms."

With more than 15 years experience in the ICT industry and eight years at Sun, Tan has extensive experience in all areas of the business and will report to ANZ marketing director, Paul O'Connor.

- with Sandra Rossi

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