Wednesday Sep 10, 2008

Sun xVM - a slice of Virtualization with a side of Management

Virtualization technology is certainly nothing new and to release a new virtualization product isn't exactly ground-breaking. (Heck, VirtualBox 2.0 was just released last month). So why are we talking about Sun's new xVM Virtualization Portfolio as if it's the greatest thing since sliced cheese? Well for starters, Sun has combined Virtualization technology with key Management components--hence the title xVM, the intersection of of the two layers--and designed a product set along a solid foundation of understanding storage, compute tier, the network, and the hardware on which the software is running. By building the xVM Server and Ops Center along these fundamental lines and using Solaris as the host OS with Xen technology baked into that, users can easily manage both the physical and virtual infrastructure for easy consolidation and administration of heterogeneous Windows, Linux and Solaris guest OS workloads.

Check out the podcast for this edition of Innovating@Sun with host Hal Stern, VP Global Systems Engineering, and guest Mike Wookey, CTO and Distinguished Engineer for xVM, as they discuss the technology innovations behind Sun's new xVM Virtualization Portfolio, and how Sun is revolutionizing the software market...again.


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Wednesday Jul 09, 2008

Just a Bunch of Disks (JBOD) - Introducing the Sun Storage J4000

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Reliability is key in your storage device; it can make the difference between compliance and a multi-million dollar lawsuit in some cases. With the failure rate of layers of a storage device being almost a certainty at a network scale, it is more critical than ever to employ technology that can intelligently identify bytes of data and maintain their integrity throughout the data management process.

That's the driving force behind the development of the Sun Storage J4000 family array (aka JBOD for Just A Bunch Of Disks), with more value being placed on general purpose software running on industry-standard architecture and JBODs than ever before. As Bill Moore (photo), Chief Engineer of Systems Storage Group, points out in his interview with Hal Stern, VP of Global Systems Engineering, in this edition of Innovating@Sun, "the true value is in the software, software like ZFS and Solaris, that will be able to take advantage of the capabilities of the general purpose compute and make what people used to think as 'oh, yawn, another JBOD' into something that would be even more powerful and more reliable than your typical storage array is today."

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