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Sun Gives Its Open Storage Line High Availability

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Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA) has added a new data storage system to its Open Storage product lineup.

The new 96-terabyte Sun Storage 7310 is positioned between the high-density 46TB Sun Storage 7210 and the 288TB 7410, with pricing starting at $40,140.

The new offering includes a two-node cluster configuration option for high availability, a feature shared with the 7410, and a hybrid storage pool that combines up to 64GB of DRAM cache, another 600GB or more of flash-based solid state drive (SSD) cache to speed application performance, and SATA drives for bulk storage. Like the 7410, the 7310 also offers single and dual controller configurations.

The new system uses the open source Solaris ZFS file system to create "a virtual storage pool to seamlessly optimize access to the different media types," Sun said, and optional write-optimized flash accelerators can boost the performance of write-oriented applications.

The unified storage systems support iSCSI, NFS and CIFS protocols. The 7310 also offers optional 10Gb connectivity and claims a third of the power consumption of traditional storage systems. All Sun 7000 systems come with DTrace Analytics software.

The 7310 and 7410 aren't the only Open Storage offerings from Sun that include a cluster option; Sun also offers a Lustre Storage System for HPC environments.

Sun's Open Storage efforts — combining open source software with commodity hardware and intelligent storage controllers — have been Sun's fastest-growing product line in recent months. Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL), which is in the process of acquiring Sun, has said it plans to keep Sun's data storage business and other hardware offerings.

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