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Sun Microsystems


plans to introduce Monday its latest family of hardware based on a concept it calls "open storage," which avoids proprietary technology in favor of standard components and open-source software that can be modified by users, according to a report.

Sun says the "open" approach, among other things, makes its products less expensive and more flexible than competing offerings, the

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Sun's new Storage 7000 Unified Storage System -- code-named Amber Road -- will compete with products from bigger storage players like



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Sun's storage hardware relies on what it calls the Zettabyte file system, which is software that manages how data files are named and stored. By offering the file system as a free open-source program, Sun hopes to build a community of companies and developers, similar to the open-source Linux operating system, the newspaper reports.

Sun earns revenue by selling services around its open-source software, which is free to download and use, as well as by selling related hardware, the



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