Love at tera-byte

I was going to write about the new X4500 (I still prefer "Thumper" as a name but I guess people could easily get confused between 24TB of storage and a cartoon rabbit), but my friend Tim beat me to it and wrote pretty much everything I was going to say. So go read his stuff instead. Then the things I really like:

  • This monster is going to be available on try & buy! Yes, you can get one free for 60 days, no strings attached (soon, anyway).
  • The idea behind the huge number of inexpensive disks is that you can allow a load of them to fail and just have an annual service call when the disk guy drops round and replaces the ones with a light next to them. Lower service costs, less fuss.
  • This is just a perfect use for ZFS - cheap drives made usable by clever storage software.
  • The attention to detail is great. People on Slashdot have been bleating about how anyone could make one of these with just a 4U case and a stack of disks, and the price would come out less, but they're wrong - this thing is an engineering feat that will take quite some cloning, what with the 4U size, the drawer-format so you can open the thing out on rails to replace disks, the air flows to keep it all cool, the sleeves for the drives, and so on.

Summary: I want one. Not sure why, as my MP3 collection would rattle in it like a pea in a supertanker, but the geek in me just wants one on the LAN. And if I was buying storage for a data-centre - well, these things would be just magic. No wonder Ben is in love.

Comments:

I do not believe anybody will confuse "Thumper" with any cartoon. The only context I read about "Thumper" (the Sun X4500) in so far has been Frank Herbert's "Dune", which is very fitting. In the book, Paul Atreides places a thumper in the sand with the thoughts: "place a thumper and they will come. On Arrakis, whenever there are vibrations, there are always sand worms." Besides, "Thumper" and "Andromeda" are much slicker names than "X4500" and the like.

Posted by ux-admin on July 12, 2006 at 04:32 AM PDT #

[Trackback] A couple of days ago, Sun Microsystems released details of their long-awaited Thumper product - aka the X4500. Simon Phipps is in love (as is Tim Bray). I’m a big fan of Simon, but I wonder why he can’t understand why others maybe aren&...

Posted by Simon Brocklehurst's Weblog on July 13, 2006 at 07:57 AM PDT #

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