OpenStorage Launch - ZFS + SSD + DTrace + Volume Economics = The New NAS Appliance

Today was the launch of our new Sun Storage 7000 Family, the first result of our OpenStorage initiative. The release comes with a large number of formal and informal documents (over 50 blogs tagged SunStorage7000 so far!); key entry points are the Fishworks Blog Site, and the personal blogs of Mike, Bryan and Adam. Also check the introductions by Joerg, Josh and Bob, the Product Site, the Storage Simulator and the Master Blog Aggregator.

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Mike's summarizes the architectural approach behind the new systems this way:

There are three things that will be at the core of everything we do: a true software architecture for Flash, the Hybrid Storage Pool; users empowered with real-time Analytics so you can finally understand what your box is doing and how to make it better; and an open, industry-standard architecture: open on-disk formats, open protocols, and a compute and i/o architecture with volume economics behind it that doubles in speed and capacity every 12-18 months.

The initial Press Coverage press coverage is very positive. I believe that despite, or perhaps because of?, the worldwide financial situation, these systems will have a deep impact in the market; try it out, and tell us what you think!

Comments:

I wish this post would have had something directly to do with glassfish - why not announce random Sun product releases on the "random sun releases blog" instead of here? I have enough junk to plough through in a day, and I'm a software developer interested in glassfish, not an IT admin interested in new NAS products.

Posted by Dobes Vandermeer on November 10, 2008 at 10:30 PM PST #

The largest topic area covered in this blog is GlassFish, by far, but I occasionally cover other topics: sometimes we inject personal comments, news on cool / geeky technologies, key events related to my work environment. I limit those postings, either in frequency or by including them in the NOTD posts.

The Amber Road launch meets several of the above points: I think it is cool and geeky, I believe it will impact the overall IT industry, it is led by people I personally know, and it impacts my work environment. Over the years, I've done similar announcements in the past for things like Thumper, Blackbox, T1 and T2, Magnum.

All that said, I very much appreciate and encourage feedback on the blog content.

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on November 11, 2008 at 01:38 AM PST #

And if I understand correctly the technology, you should be able to install a GlassFish Application server inside your Disks system, close to your database or your data....

Am I right?

Posted by Ludo on November 12, 2008 at 04:34 AM PST #

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