Sun Goes Modular

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Sun Microsystems on Thursday unveiled new modular storage systems aimed at service providers and organizations that need to store data forged by business-critical applications.

Modular storage machines are typically smaller than large arrays, but additional drives and controllers can be added by companies that need to expand their storage capacity. Customers may buy in small and scale as their application needs change, a level of flexibility that large, monolithic storage machines can’t always deliver.

Sun’s StorageTek 6140 and 6540 arrays — the first two machines to be offered under the Sun StorageTek brand — are geared toward customers who need to store and protect data in applications that are critical to the lifeblood of a business.

For example, the systems are ideal for customers powering database applications or service providers that may need to sock away large amounts of data, said Jason Schaffer, director of product management for modular storage at Sun.

Running at 4 gigabits per second (Gbps), the StorageTek 6140 Fibre Channel array works for both direct attached (DAS) and SAN storage.

Designed for service providers, the system handles Fibre Channel or SATA-2 disk drives, 8 4Gb FC ports, 4 GB of cache, application management, and it tops out at 112 disk drives.

The StorageTek 6540 array, also a 4 Gbps Fibre Channel array, is geared more for large databases and high-performance computing for scientific research and other compute-intensive applications.

The 6540 has much the same perks as its smaller 6140 brother, but has 16GB of cache and can house much more data with 224 disk drives.

Schaffer said other utilities the two new machines have in common include the ability for application profiles and profile cloning. The former relies on automated provisioning to speed configurations; the latter cuts replication from hours to moments.

Storage volumes in the new systems can also be updated on the fly, fine-tuning application performance without disrupting business operations. Such efficiencies are important at a time when IT staffs are smaller or need to focus on other tasks. Keeping the integrity of the data intact is also a huge plus for customers concerned about corporate compliance rules.

The 6140 and 6150 will eventually replace Sun’s StorEdge 6130 array, as well as several FlexLine systems from its StorageTek acquisition.

The 6140 starts at $25,000 and is available from Sun and its authorized resellers. The 6540 array starts at $85,000 and will be available in the next 30 days.

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Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton is an Enterprise Storage Forum contributor and a senior writer for covering IT leadership, the CIO role, and digital transformation.

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