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Sun Enhances Its Unified Storage Systems
Offers as Much as 30% Increase in Performance
September 23, 2009,
Volume 139, Issue 4

Customers can realize as much as a 30 percent increase in performance

-- Graham Lovell, Sun

Sun is adding a 30 percent performance boost to Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage System with the addition of new CPUs providing up to 24 cores. Enhancements include improved application performance through enhanced iSCSI SAN support and a boost in performance for Oracle databases. Higher network performance can be achieved with up to four times more bandwidth (40Gb/sec) and lower network latency through InfiniBand (IB), along with twice the DRAM cache - up to 512GB.

"...Sun raises the bar on the industry with added performance and resiliency to the industry's fastest Unified Storage System," said Graham Lovell, senior director, Open Storage, Sun. "Customers can realize as much as a 30 percent increase in performance and in most cases, faster access to data, simplified data management and easier data migration, even in complex environments."

Key specifications of the Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage System:

  • Up to 288 TB raw capacity (576 TB when 2 TB drive is available)
  • Up to 600 GB of Read Flash Accelerator (SSD), up to 1.2 TB for Cluster
  • Write Flash Accelerator option (write-optimized SSD)
  • No additional license fees required, all software options included with the price of the unit, which begins at US$73,165
  • A high availability cluster option for no single point of failure

Sun Storage 7000 Software Update 2009Q3 also has been released and can be downloaded from the Sun Download Center. Considered a major software update that includes new features as well as bug fixes, some of its highlights include:

Data Protocols

Data Services

Software Features

  • Enhanced MMC support
  • Configuration backup/restore
  • Faster cluster takeover time
  • Non-DNS hostname resolution
  • IPMP standby interfaces
  • Syslog relay service

Sun stakes the claim of being the first major storage vendor to offer robust data protection from as many as three drive failures with the addition of Triple-Parity RAID. The company also contends it is the first and only major NAS storage vendor to offer Triple Mirroring, which adds additional protection against disk failures and significantly improves backup and disaster recovery scenarios.

A new Shadow Data Migration feature within the Sun Storage 7000 family eases the migration of data from competing legacy NAS devices at no additional cost, and iSCSI management and features enhancements allow for more efficient provisioning of server and storage systems. In addition, storage administrators can now manage their Sun Storage 7000 Systems and Windows storage environment using the Microsoft Management Console, leveraging their existing management experience using this interface.

Since the Sun Unified Storage systems were introduced in 2008, Sun has shipped over 35 petabytes in its Unified Storage portfolio and has doubled the number of customers quarter-over-quarter, the company reports.

"Unified Storage has become one of the fastest growing market segments within the open storage industry," noted Lovell, "as customers love getting performance, simplicity and scalability at a fraction of the cost of traditional storage products."

More Information

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