Further solidifying its fibre channel and storage area network
(SAN) leadership, Sun announced that it has shipped 1,600
terabytes (TB) of Sun StorEdge A5000 array fibre channel storage
since the product's introduction one year ago. The company also
announced its Sun StorEdge A5000 array is now interoperable with
Microsoft Windows NT operating environments, making it the most
popular fibre channel storage solution in the industry.
As a central building block of Sun's Intelligent Storage Network
(ISN), the Sun StorEdge A5000 arrays enable customers to
specifically tailor their storage needs to applications that
require high availability and performance within the enterprise.
The Sun StorEdge A5000 arrays allow customers to build and deploy
a storage infrastructure over distances spanning 500 meters when
used with Sun's fibre channel hubs.
Later this year Sun plans to increase the distance to 10
kilometers via a SAN architecture enabling incremental data
consolidation, improved disaster recovery and freedom from the
space constraints of the data center. Such flexibility, along
with exceptional availability and performance, have made the Sun
StorEdge A5000 array the industry's most popular full-fibre,
second-generation solution for network storage applications such
as data warehousing, where high bandwidth is key to application
performance, and disaster recovery and business continuance.
Large configurations of multiple Sun StorEdge A5000 arrays scale
to more than one gigabyte (GB)/sec with zero-downtime expansion
capabilities for mission-critical availability and virtually
unlimited scalability. In the future, Sun plans to provide fibre
channel switches which will further increase the connectivity
options and distance capabilities of Sun's ISN. Now with full
Windows NT support, the Sun StorEdge A5000 array allows for the
implementation of heterogeneous fibre channel storage within the
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