Feeds

Sun's Open Storage roadmap revealed

New high-end and entry-level products

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Sun will introduce a new high-end 7000 series storage product in the second quarter of next year.

According to an Australian report the device is codenamed "Anago", a Japanese term for a congor eel, and will have up to 384 3.5-inch SAS hot-swap hard drives and a 6Gbit/s SAS 2 switch fabric. An expansion rack can double capacity to, presumably, 768 drives.

We don't know the drive capacity but the current 7110 product has 14 10K SAS drives with either 146 or 300GB capacities. If Sun were to use 384 of them then Anago would have a 115.2TB capacity, 230.4TB with the expansion rack.

The report talks of the Anago box having 33 per cent more capacity but doesn't say what the comparison product is. The updated 7410 has a 576TB maximum capacity with its coming 2TB drives, so it can't be that, not with Anago's SAS drives.

The only other SAS drive-using 7000 product is the 7110 which supports a maximum of 4.2TB of capacity. We're left in the dark.

The coming product will support 96 24GB read flash modules, for a total of 2.3TB, compared to the recently updated 7410's six 100GB read flash modules. On the write side it would have six 100GB flash modules, compared to the 7410's eight write flash modules of unlisted capacity which we think are 16GB. That would give the Anago 600GB of write flash compared to the 7410's 128GB.

We don't know anything else about the controller but would speculate that it is at least as powerful as the updated 7410s which has four 6-core Opterons. There is a redundant power supply and a write backup microSSD used if power fails. The Anago array also has a central power and cooling infrastructure.

The Sun briefing session that was the source of the report included details of more forthcoming storage products. There are SSD/Flash drives, and a host bus adapter with added flash called Aura. This reminds us of Adaptec's flash-enhanced RAID controller. There is a third flash product described as Lighning Flash which looks like it comes in a 1U rack unit form factor.

There are two new JBODs (Just a Bunch Of Disks). Witte is a rack enclosure, possibly 2U high, holding 24 vertically mounted 2.5-inch form factor drives, which could be SATA or SAS hard drives or SSDs. Six Wittes can be aggregated together.

Riverwalk 2 is a 4U rack enclosure holding 24 2TB 3.5-inch SATA drives. It has two switched I/O modules each with "three 24Gbps SAS2 ports". Since SAS2 runs at 6Gbit/s this doesn't compute; we would expect three SAS2 ports to offer 18Gbit/s in total.

The existing J4400 is described as Riverwalk, so RiverWwalk 2 ought to be a development of that.

Twelve Riverwalk 2s can be combined into a 288-drive daisy-chained entity with a 576GB capacity. Riverwalk 2 should hit the streets in the first quarter of next year.

An entry-level Iwashi+ box - Iwashi was the codename for Sun's 7110 SAS storage array - will hold up to 60 SAS hard drives. The 7110 holds 14 146GB or 300GB SAS drives and has a 6-core Opteron-based controlled.

This presumed iteration of the 7110 has a pair of quad-core Intel CPUs - we're imagining Nehalems - and the host interface is 1Gbit/s or 10Gbit/s Ethernet. The 7110 supports an InfiniBand connect as well as Ethernet.

We don't know what this 7110 replacement will be called but Sun training course material mentions a 7120 and 7140. Whichever it should arrive in the first half of 2010.

Sun may be preoccupied with its pending Oracle acquisition, but its open storage development engineers seem to be working full pelt to strengthen its offering as fast as they can.

The company was unable to immediately comment upon the subject of this story due to Thanksgiving. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault
Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first
Researchers test 802.15.4 and find we know nuh-think! about large scale sensor network ops
SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016
Flash WORM has a serious use for archived photos and videos
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
The total economic impact of Druva inSync
Examining the ROI enterprises may realize by implementing inSync, as they look to improve backup and recovery of endpoint data in a cost-effective manner.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.