Solving the Storage Challenge with... Software

Fixed content data is growing exponentially. And when you're considering billions of records, you need an easy way to find what you're looking for. Traditional file system technology is not going to cut it. An entirely different paradigm is required to address these needs - and that is what the StorageTek 5800 System (a.k.a. Project Honeycomb) is architected for. And what's more exciting, the system's software technology is now opensourced – a first in the area of storage.

Vice President of Global Systems Engineering, Hal Stern, welcomes Josh Dobies, software engineering manager, to this latest edition of Innovating@Sun. Stern and Dobies discuss the strategy and functionality behind Sun's latest distributed software technology that can turn standard commodity hardware into a highly-reliable, scalable, easy-to-manage storage cloud with an object-oriented paradigm. The interview covers:

  • Why the system was dubbed “Honeycomb”
  • How the StorageTek 5800 System solves the problem of data that doesn't fit into a database or any sort of relational calculus
  • The beauty of relational database technology married to storage
  • How a meantime-to-data-loss of over two million years is achieved
  • How self-healing assures that the content stored remains as is
  • The programming interface for developers
  • Honeycomb's pluggable architecture allowing for customization of extendable metadata
  • A future feature called Storage Beans
  • Where the 5800 fits in the storage/compute spectrum
  • Open sourcing of the 5800 software technology
  • Why open sourcing here avoids a “tax” on future generations

    Find out why institutions like Stanford University have been early adopters of the technology and have chosen the Sun StorageTek 5800 over other offerings. Start participating today. Check out the open, freely-available code for download. Check out the software development kit. Click here for the full Innovating@Sun podcast.

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    Transcript
    StorageTek 5800 website
    StorageTek 5800 SDK
    Honeycomb Open Source Project website
    Stanford University Podcast

  • Comments:

    Great article and interesting site! You've got some worthwhile ideas. Thanks!

    Posted by verhuizen on February 15, 2009 at 11:36 AM PST #

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