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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sun Gives Open Storage a High-Performance Twist

So... if I can swing one of these... I can let go of my P166 IBM's and my 400mhz Dell Server;) But, then again... I don't know how much good it will do me. Since I only have a 10mbps Internet Connection!:O

Sun Gives Open Storage a High-Performance Twist
April 15, 2009
By Paul Shread

Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA) yesterday rolled out a new data storage system for high-performance computing, the latest offering in its Open Storage efforts.

Just a week after merger talks with IBM (NYSE: IBM) reportedly fell apart, Sun showed it remains focused on business with a host of new server, storage and network offerings.

The new Sun Lustre Storage System is the high-end complement to the Sun Storage 7000 product lineup unveiled last fall.

Based on the Lustre file system, Sun Fire X4250 and X4540 servers and Sun Storage J4400 and J4200 arrays, it scales capacity from 48 terabytes to multiple petabytes and I/O throughput from 1 GB per second to more than 100 GB per second.

Sun said the new storage system simplifies Lustre deployment with pre-defined metadata server and object storage server configurations that offer the "best performance at the most economical price point available for a Lustre deployment." The system distributes files across a cluster of servers and storage using the pre-defined modules.

The systems offer InfiniBand or 10GbE connectivity, SAS storage connections, SATA drives, and an integrated software stack that includes Linux, Lustre, OFED and LMT.

A starting configuration lists for $134,000 and offers 96TB of capacity, 2GB/sec of sustained throughput and is configured for use in an InfiniBand cluster.

The Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems, which are based on Sun's ZFS file system, can get users into NFS or NAS storage for as little as $11,000 for the 7110, $35,000 for the 7210 or $57,000 for the 7410.

Sun's Open Storage efforts have been a bright spot for the company, growing 21 percent in the fourth quarter. Sun's first-quarter results will be released in two weeks.

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