News Briefs: Pioneer, Sun, Hitachi

News Briefs: Pioneer, Sun, Hitachi

Pioneer to distribute Castlewood ORB drivesPioneer Computers Australia has picked up the distribution of Castlewood ORB drives after resellers were left out in the cold following the demise of Chips.

According to Pioneer financial

controller Molly Lai, the company is set to take over the master distributor role, formerly held by Chips, as there is no-one else in the country currently distributing the high-capacity drives.

Although Pioneer is not providing

warranty on the drives, Lai said that Castlewood has appointed service agents to deal directly with end users experiencing difficulties.

Sun, Hitachi bed down

Sun Microsystems will sell a new

storage product based on hardware from Hitachi Data Systems. Both

companies also agreed to cross license and sell each other's storage software and to work together on

support for users of the new Sun StorEdge 9900 products. The StorEdge 9900 series will be based on Hitachi's Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 products, Sun and Hitachi said in a joint statement.

Sun and Hitachi said they will

collaborate on developing storage software and expanding integration capabilities worldwide. The companies will also work on expanding their

joint-supplier relationship.

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