Monday Nov 10, 2008

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!