Sun Microsystems recently announced plans to acquire Pirus Networks, a privately held storage networking company. Pirus, established in 1999, manufactures intelligent storage networking switches for advanced storage services that support multiprotocol storage access through one centrally managed platform. This technology is commonly called storage virtualization.
Sun plans to use the Pirus technology to help its "N1" effort, which aims to unite servers and storage systems into one large computing resource. Sun expects the stock-for-stock transaction to be complete by the end of 2002.