Stellar InfoWorld Review of Sun Storage 7210 Unified Storage System (Amber Road)


Amber Road Analytics
Real-time analysis screenshot of the Amber Road storage system

Infoworld's Paul Venezia reviewed the Sun Storage 7210 Unified Storage System (Amber Road) and accompanying FISHworks management platform, rating it a stellar 9.2 out of 10 and noting, "The Sun Storage 7210 Unified Storage System's combination of 48 drives, SSD log storage, broad protocol support, ZFS, and amazing GUI make for one great filer."

Paul took a comprehensive look at the unit's management features, including its real-time monitoring and analytics capabilities. After only a few minutes of use with FISHworks he noted, "I was smitten. It's very attractive and very accessible. In fact, it may be the most complete filer interface I've ever seen, blowing the doors off Network Appliance's Web-based manager." Paul drilled down into the GUI, highlighting its instant feedback on load and throughput as well as the worksheets ability to provide easy at-a-glance status reports.

Turning his attention to the hardware, Paul configured a storage pool and tested performance via a number of access protocols. For NFS access via Linux, he highlighted that creation of a 10GB file performed at near wire-rate over a gigabit NIC. Paul also noted the solid performance of sequential reads and writes to NFS3, NFS4, iSCSI and CIFS, calling out the 55 to 60MBps throughput while under load. "Again, this is very close to wire-rate speeds," he stated.

Overall, Paul was very positive about his experience with the 7210 concluding, "The market for multilingual filers has plenty of players, from NetApp to Adaptec, but in terms of bang for the buck, Sun's 7210 is in rare territory. Regardless of price, son of Thumper is a uniquely complete representation of what a filer should be."

Comments:

Why use a product that is trying to compete against the leader instead of using the leader. NetApp offers FCP + everything this product offers and has a much more intergrated approach to software management,

Given Sun's track record for keeping a storage product around, I wonder what the lifespan of this product will be before users are forced to do a data migration.

Posted by Nice try on March 11, 2009 at 03:47 PM EDT #

@ Nice try:

The key differentiator is the real-time business analytics that these systems can provide with FishWorks -- nobody in the industry can match this. There are lots of other reasons as well, and you can easily find those by looking at the product pages -- http://www.sun.com/amberroad

Also, you can find lots of other independent opinions speaking highly of this product. Just couple of other pointers:

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/245627/sun-storage-7110-unified-storage-system.html
http://www.ilm-informatique.fr/review/fishworks_sun_com/index.html
http://storagemojo.com/2009/03/12/dtrace-enabled-storage-analytics/

And you will find this viral video pretty interesting showing the level of analytics FishWorks can provide:
http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/02/video-shouting-at-disk-drive-causes-high-latency-low-morale/

Finally, don't take my -- or anybody else's -- word on it. You yourself can test the system via our Try-&-Buy program. Try it free for 60 days and return it if you don't like -- shipping on us both ways.
http://www.sun.com/tryandbuy

Posted by Chhandomay Mandal on March 13, 2009 at 05:19 AM EDT #

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