Tuesday Feb 26, 2008

InformationWeek on data compliance and fixed content storage


InformationWeek has an interesting article on data compliance in this week's print issue.

Due to government regulations and internal policies, organizations need to retain data and be able to track and verify that this data has not been modified or deleted. This is particularly important in the finance and health-care industries.

The InformationWeek article by Howard Marks focused on fixed content storage solutions that allow IT to store file data in a form that prevents end-users from modifying the data. This is where WORM (Write Once, Read Many) tapes come in play.

Per Howard, "All popular tape formats, from LTO in the midrange to Sun Microsystems' T10000 at the high end, have firmware in the drive that identifies special WORM cartridges, and once data is written to them, prevents overwriting or erasure. With capacities of 800 GB per cartridge, WORM tape, especially if used behind a RAID cache, is the lowest-cost, and greenest, solution for very large archives where IT can deal with file access times measured in minutes. RAID, or even MAID, uses power when not being accessed."
Honeycomb Open Edition Software

The same problem can be solved using another approach -- by having WORM functionality via software on NAS appliances. We can add Sun StorEdge Compliance Archiving offering's software-managed WORM feature to our NAS appliance, and voila -- we get another solution to the data compliance problem!

And finally... Don't forget Honeycomb -- Sun StorageTek 5800 system is the first integrated, fixed-content archiving system built using open source software, and is excellent for preservation and digital archiving. From the product page: "The system includes extensive metadata facilities, extreme data protection against data corruption and data loss, and enhanced reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS)."

So what are you waiting for... :-)

Monday Feb 11, 2008

Customer of the Week: SearchForce


Web search engine marketing software provider SearchForce saw a 70% reduction in power consumption, at the same time achieving a 3x increase in server throughput and... ALL with a lower total cost of ownership by replacing its Dell and Linux environment with an infrastructure of Sun Fire servers running the Solaris 10 Operating System and StorageTek systems. SearchForce migrated to the Sun environment through Sun's Startup Essentials and Try and Buy programs.
Sun customer SearchForce

According to David Simon, Chairman of SearchForce, "As a result of going to Sun, we improved our response time and we're sitting at less than ten percent system utilization with five times the business we had nine months ago. We have a scalable server and storage platform that can provide air cover for our sales team, and reports we get from our enterprise customers say that there's nothing faster out there."

Check out the details here.

Sunday Jan 27, 2008

Customer of the Week: Elektrofilm Digital Studios


Media services company Elektrofilm Digital Studios and sister company eMedia are able to effectively manage 750 terabytes of data it expects to scale to 1.5 petabytes in the coming year, while lowering its total cost of ownership, using a tiered storage and content lifecycle management consisting of Sun StorageTek software and a variety of Sun StorageTek systems. It also deployed a variety of Sun Fire servers running the Solaris 10 Operating System.
Elektrofilm Digital Studios

According to Chip Aycock, COO of eMedia Systems, "Digital media management of this scale has until recently been prohibitively expensive. Additionally, the complexity of the enabling software and infrastructure has acted as a barrier to the successful commercial implementation of our vision - until now. With the help of Sun Microsystems and their comprehensive platform components, including servers, storage, software, and professional services, we've been able to focus our development efforts into realizing the Digital Media Environment (DME)."

Check out the details here.

Sunday Jan 20, 2008

Customer of the Week: Dow Corning Corporation


Chemical giant Dow Corning Corporation avoided a $2 million server hardware cost at the same time achieving a 99% reduction in server deployment time and a 50% gain in storage capacity where Solaris 10 ZFS file system disk compression is utilized, by broadly deploying the Solaris 10 Operating System on Sun Fire servers and Sun StorageTek systems. The underlying infrastructure supporting 47 locations worldwide is managed by an IT UNIX team of just three people. Sun Customers

According to Ken Karls, Manager of Network and Datacenter Engineering, "The stability of Solaris 10 has been simply outstanding. It's delivered additional key functionality while continuing to provide the same outstanding level of availability to which we've become accustomed."

Check out the details here.

Monday Nov 12, 2007

Sun's Constellation for Supercomputing


Our new high-performance computing (HPC) system, the Constellation, has the potential to create the largest supercomputer on the planet. The system is built on mainstream operating systems and hardware but users a new storage system, the Sun StorageTek 5800, which is capable of holding half a petabyte of storage per rack. According to our HPC Director Bjorn Andersson, what we have done is to take general-purpose, industry-standard products coupled with open-source software and "designed it as an open, scalable architecture." Check out the ComputerWorld story here, plus the video of what a Sun StorageTek 5800 customer has to say about the latest innovation from Sun.



Thursday Oct 11, 2007

Digital repositories and Honeycomb

Sun has partnered with leading global library organizations to address digital archiving issues. This Prevention Archiving Special Interest Group has Alberta Library, British Library, Johns Hopkins University, University of Oxford, Stanford University and Texas Digital Library as its members, who are focused to share best practices on commercial and community-developed preservation and repository solutions.

Standford's Michael Keller sat down with Campus Technology's Mary Grush to discuss how Standford Library is dealing with storage and data management problems they face with more than 40 terabytes of data they generate per year. Check out the interview here.

And btw, the honeycomb technology Michael refers in the interview is the Sun StorageTek 5800 System, a unique product from us for the fixed-content storage market.
Sun StorageTek 5800 System
(Image courtesy: Scott Camazine)

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