Thursday Nov 13, 2008

First Look at Amber Road (Sun 7000 unified storage system)

I received two amber road (Sun 7000 Unified Storage Systems) today and hooked them up in record time. I can't begin to tell you how impressive the install was. Simple, to the point, minimum necessary to get the boxes running and it \*just worked\*.


I've installed lots of different kinds of hardware here at Sun - and frankly this was almost un-Sun like in it's simplicity. Don't confuse folks, don't make it hard. Default to the right thing. 5 minutes and I have a usable \*system\*.


Stunning. And the performance from the tests I've run is just incredible. I thought I made a mistake in my calculations, and no, it was \*that freaking fast\*.


If you've not had the pleasure, take the time and try out the box. What can you lose other than a few hours trying out some really great hardware and software - it is after all Fully Integrated Software and Hardware (fishworks!)



Monday Nov 10, 2008

Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems...

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.


So check out the 7000 series storage systems. Heck, Try 'em out - what have you got to lose - they're \*free\* to try!



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