Thursday Jun 12, 2008

Now You Can Turn a Server into a Storage Array...

Sun Releases Code that Let's Customers  Save Time and Money with Open Storage Arrays built with OpenSolaris COMSTAR

COMSTAR (Common Multiprotocol SCSI Target) -- now available in the latest OpenSolaris community build let's a standard x86 server transform into an Open Storage array. COMSTAR basically
allows the server to act like a block storage device. To the host system, a server running OpenSolaris
and configured with COMSTAR walks, talks and responds as a storage array.

COMSTAR is a open, pluggable architecture that allows developers to quickly add new storage targets (think iSCSI or Fibre Channel targets) and add new transports (the actual protocol support to talk to various devices (FC, SAS, etc.).

Director of Storage Platforms Scott Tracy wrote about the versatility of COMSTAR in this blog at blogs.sun.com/quicksticks


Recycle, reuse, repurpose. Make the most of your existing industry standard equipment. It's one of the many benefits of Open Storage.

Tuesday Mar 18, 2008

SAM-QFS Open Sourced via OpenSolaris Project

Sun has open sourced the StorageTek Storage Archive Manager (SAM) and Sun StorageTek QFS code! This major contribution to the OpenSolaris community is now available for download with additional information here.

We are very excited to take this big step in creating an open source community around SAM-QFS and continuing to grow OpenSolaris as a premier storage OS.

  • What does this mean for Sun?

Sun continues to execute against its strategy to open source all of its software. As a result, Sun is changing the storage marketplace. Sun's software is open, and with these source contributions, Solaris and OpenSolaris are well positioned as storage OS's.

  • What does this mean for the Storage Community?
Storage developers and deployers interested in these technologies will find more than just access to the source when they participate in the OpenSolaris storage community. They will find an open source community focused entirely on storage. The OpenSolaris storage software stack includes: file systems, file sharing protocols, archive policy management, replication, integrated device drivers, network interoperability software, and the tools and recipes needed to more easily deploy Solaris as a general purpose storage server or appliance.
  • What does this mean for Sun's customers?
Our customers will benefit from more choice, value and innovation that comes from open software, open standards and commodity servers and storage hardware.

Check out these sites for additional perspectives.
Ted Pogue
Margaret Hamburger
Lynn Rohrer

Monday Oct 01, 2007

Sun Systems Teleconference w/ John Fowler & Jon Benson

To listen to this morning's teleconference with John Fowler and Jon Benson on the integration of Sun's Systems and Storage business units, the replay is available here.

More information is also available on Jonathan Schwartz's blog.

Thursday Jan 18, 2007

Sun StorageTek 6540 Array Sets TWO World Records on SPC-2

The Sun StorageTek 6540 modular array has set TWO world records on SPC-2 and become the FIRST product to break the $100/MBPS performance price point!

The Storage Performance Council vendor-independent audited and certified results show the the Sun StorageTek 6540 array set the world record for SPC-2 price/performance for RAID-5 level data protection, beating HP\* by more than 15 percent in performance and 3.75x in price/performance for RAID-5. The measurement was run on a StorageTek 6540 array in conjunction with a Sun Fire 6900 server and delivered SPC-2 price performance of $92.41 SPC-2$/MBPS, ASU capacity of 3350.074 GB, Total Price of $125,719, Auth# B00015.
 
The StorageTek 6540 array also set the world record for SPC-2 price/performance for mirroring. The measurement was run on a StorageTek 6540 array in conjunction with a Sun Fire 6900 server and delivered SPC-2 price performance of $95.42/SPC-2 MBPS, ASU capacity of 2,233.383 GB, Total Price of $125,719, Auth# B00014.

Full configuration details and results for both can be found at the SPC web site: http://www.storageperformance.org/results.html.

\*HP result: 1137.78 MBPS @ $346.42 SPC-2 `$/MBPS, Protection Level RAID 5, ASU capacity of  6,571.275.Total price $394,152.00, Auth# B00004

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