An industry source suggests StorageTek will sell its Louisville, Boulder, 440 acre headquarters site. Sun's nearby Broomfield campus is under-used - there are empty buildings there - and has the space needed to house StorageTek HQ people. There are around 2,000 people working in the STK site. It is expected that not all STK HR, legal and accounting and other administrative employees will transition to Sun.
Transitioning STK employees may be in for a shock. Sun has a far more open style of doing business than the somewhat secretive StorageTek. Also a Sun practise of occasionally bringing beer into meetings might be frowned upon.
STK is the second largest employer in the area, Sun being the largest. The StorageTek site could be sold off as it is a valuable piece of real estate. The Boulder city council is looking at the STK site for potential regional retail opportunities. Bob Mouckle of Boulder's Open Space Advisory Board has said about Boulder in the near future: " I hope to see more open space and a couple of large retailers at StorageTek."
Dell may launch an online disk service for its customers who could use it for backup and disaster recovery. HP has recently launched its own vaulting service.
We might expect that Sun will provide DPM support in its X86 servers. What's the point of its friendly relations with Microsoft if it doesn't? By so doing it will be helping to further slow down the overall tape storage business. But DPM will be used by millions of SME businesses. The StorageTek datacentre library business will probably grow because all the DPM-generatated backup files have to find a longer term home somewhere - and that somewhere is tape. Sun should be evangelising DPM like crazy. It could generate billions of bytes of data for its new acquisition's libraries.
Sitting nearbye to Sun and STK in the Boulder region is Juan Rodriguez, chairman of Exabyte and co-funder of Storagetek. He thinks the Sun-STK acquisition justifies the view of tape as alive and kicking. Well, yes, but not at the SME end of the business, the one where tape commoditisation and disk-to-disk backup is threatening product companies such as Exabyte. For sure there is going to be much kicking at this end of the tape business but it's a fair bet not all the product companies will be alive in a year or three. DPM could well kick them into touch.
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