The sun rises in the east and sets in the west — consistently. Like clock-work. It’s a good thing. You can depend on it.
Sun, however, rises and sets almost indiscriminately and with little consistency. Except that it seems to be setting farther than anyone imagined. With every gyration, Sun sheds talent. It’s the kind of talent that made its StorageTek products a force in the tape storage industry well before Sun bought them. It’s the same talent that helped put large, automated tape libraries on the map.Storage customers are often tied to the rise and fall of a vendor when it experiences takeover mania. Unfortunately, many customers of StorageTek experienced a certain level of discomfort when Sun bought STK in 2005. Sun customers are facing uncertainty again as Sun is being acquired by Oracle after a false start by IBM to get the merry-go-round going. Vendor stability in situations like this has a tendency to go in the ditch, putting customers’ storage infrastructure and their critical data at risk.
Fortunately for those Sun customers owning large tape libraries who are stuck on this dizzy ride, another vendor is more than capable of stepping in to fill the pending void as the STK line is acquired once again within about a 4 year span. Heck, one might wonder if this spate of buy / sell activity surrounding STK storage may become another Olympic demonstration sport in 2012?