Sun unveils new storage appliances

Sun unveils new storage appliances

In what it describes as "the biggest thing to happen to storage in decades", Sun Microsystems has unveiled its Sun Storage 7000 family.

"The Sun Storage 7000 family may well be in a class by itself. The embedded hardware functionality and list of software add-ons are remarkable for the price of this appliance," said John Webster, principal IT advisor of research firm Illuminata. "This new family has the potential to become the most disruptive thing Sun has ever done in storage."

The world's first Open Storage appliances, "the new Sun Storage 7000 family offers a new, simple way to use storage at a fraction of the cost of traditional systems and has the potential to forever change the way businesses and enterprises store and manage rapidly growing amounts of data- their most important asset," he adds.

The Unified Storage Systems "radically simplify the way information is managed and can deliver up to 75 per cent cost/performance savings to customers," said John Fowler, executive vice-president, systems group, Sun Microsystems.

Open Storage portfolio

Sun has released the first three appliances in the Open Storage portfolio, each of which include a fully-integrated software stack with support for a variety of operating environments; standard high speed networking and tape connectivity and the industry's most comprehensive management software with powerful analytics tools. These systems are also the only storage systems that fully exploit Flash Hybrid Storage Pools within Solaris ZFS to automatically accelerate and optimise performance while lowering power and cooling requirements. The three products are:

- Sun Storage 7110: Ultra compact model with two terabytes of storage;

- Sun Storage 7210: Mid-range storage featuring up to 48 terabytes of storage capacity in a highly dense four unit form factor; includes support for write-optimised solid state disks (SSDs) that leverage Sun's unique Flash Hybrid Storage Pool technology;

- Sun Storage 7410: Highly configurable storage system with support for up to a half petabyte of capacity that includes support for read-and-write optimised SSDs and Sun's Flash Hybrid Storage Pool technology. These systems are also available in clustered configurations for added high availability.

No extra cost

Breaking the industry trend that charges per individual storage features, all Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems include comprehensive data services at no extra cost, such as snap/clone, restore, mirroring, RAID-5, RAID-6, replication, active-active clustering, compression, thin provisioning, CIFS, NFS, iSCSI, HTTP/FTP and WebDAV. Due to the unique design, customers can benefit from continuous innovation when new data services and features are available from Sun through automated updates included in each system.

i365 (a Seagate company), Digitar and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise, Idaho are among an elite group of early access customers that have benefited from the simplicity, performance and cost savings associated with the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Family. In addition, analysts agree that there is potential for this new product family to be a game-changer in the industry.

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