Sun expands product range with acquisitions


Sun expands product range with acquisitions

Antony Savvas

Sun Microsystems is expanding in the thin client and network attached storage (NAS) markets with the acquisition of Tarantella and the purchase of NAS technology patents from Procom.

Tarantella, formerly known as Santa Cruz Operation, will cost Sun $25m (£13.5m). 

After selling its main software business to Caldera in 2001, Santa Cruz adopted the Tarantella name to sell its thin client solutions that support server-based applications in enterprises. Caldera eventually became known as SCO Group.   

Tarantella’s main product is Secure Global Desktop, which allows users to access corporate applications from any remote location, using any operating system.

Sun Microsystems is also paying Procom Technology ($50m) £27m to acquire its network attached storage technology.

Sun already uses Procom’s technology to support its Sun StorEdge 5000 family of NAS appliances.

The NAS market is growing, particularly among mid-sized companies that do not need generally more expensive storage area networks (SANs).

HP will enter the NAS market next week with a range of new products. The NAS market leaders are EMC and NetApp.

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