Follow The Amber Brick Road
By Aaron Newcomb on Nov 10, 2008
What is different about this storage system?? Everything!
It is built on Open Source software including Solaris, ZFS, and Dtrace which makes it easier to see and measure what is happening within the storage system. It also includes Hybrid Storage Pools which combine Solid State (flash memory) disks with traditional hard drives to drastically improve read/write performance. It comes out of a group at Sun called FISHworks. The FISH part of the name stands for "Fully-Integrated Software and Hardware" which pretty much explains what this group does. They make the software that brings all the pieces of the system together. This group took a look at creating new tools to solve an old problem and came away with a real winner. This is the first product to bring together Sun's unique storage assets under a cohesive umbrella.
The system brings all the pieces of the puzzle together like this ...
- Extremely fast setup
- Easy to use interface
- Open Source software stack
- Multiple protocol support
- Performance analysis tools
- Integrated flash and SATA/SAS drives
- Breakneck performance
- Low $/GB
Just what do I use this great new system for, you ask? I will have more on that in the days to come. For now, here is a great video that explains the new product line-up.
You can watch the live launch webcast at 3:30
PT from CEC in Las Vegas, Nevada at http://www.sun.com/launch/2008-1110/index.jsp. I know this will be late for the east coast (i.e. me )and other countries so you can also watch it at the same site on-demand at some point after the live webcast is over.
And speaking of bricks (i.e. Building Blocks) they make a great analogy for what Open Storage is all about. More on that to come as well ...