Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems...
By was on Nov 10, 2008
Wow, that's a mouthful - Sun's naming alone should scare you off. Ok, if you're not scared off, let me tell you a little story about the 7000 series storage devices. I like the name Amber Road better, but I like Fishworks even better. Gah. If you can figure out our naming, then good for you!
I've known about the 7000 series for a while now - and my staff have seen demos from Bryan Cantrill. It was a great idea then, and now you get to see it too. I've had access to demo systems for the past week, and my devices start landing this week - frankly my staff and I can't wait (you know I'm a hardware junkie, right?)
So there are many good reasons why the 7000 series is cool - the integrated flash devices, the hardware itself, blah, blah blah. Here's the amazing part - the hardware isn't even the coolest feature. It's the software. The ability to \*in real time\* drop in new tracing events to see what's really happening on the device is just unbelievable.
How many times have you seen your NAS devices suddenly "go slow"? And you have \*no clue\* as to why. I can tell you it happens often when running big infrastructure. You dig around for a while and maybe you can figure out that it's one machine and if you're particularly good you can figure out one user on one machine and slap their hands. With the 7000 you get the ability in real time to dig into whats being done using which protocol by user, by file, but whatever you want. It's stunning to see, and incredibly useful in managing the infrastructure. For a mostly detailed overview of the capabilities, check out Bryan Cantrill's presentation on analytics.
I'm deploying 7000 series boxes into my infrastructure next week - and I can't wait. It's great kit, but it's even \*better\* software.