Sun Storage Line Geared For Galaxy

Sun Microsystems has whipped up a handful of storage products to accommodate
its new line of Galaxy servers and meet regulations for data security and
compliance.


The Sun StorEdge 5310 NAS Appliance Gateway system helps customers
curtail technology spending because it helps them connect SAN-based storage into network-attached storage
systems.


Normally, customers would have separate arrays for NAS and SAN, which were
walled off from each other and did not communicate. The new NAS appliance
obviates this, allowing IT administrators to consolidate NAS and SAN-based
storage into one storage pool, said Randy Kerns, vice president of strategy
and planning for data management at Sun.


This enables users to more efficiently share files. The 5310 NAS gateway
supports Unix, Linux, and Microsoft Windows platforms.


The new Sun StorEdge 3320 SCSI array is a workgroup storage machine that is
.5 times faster than Gigabit Ethernet and 3.2 times faster than 1 Gb Fibre
Channel arrays. Kerns said the 3320, the next in line
after the 3310, is backwards-compatible with previous SCSI versions, and
makes an ideal storage complement to the new Sun Fire X64 servers.


Sun has also made some improvements on the tape side, unveiling the StorEdge
Capacity-Series (C-Series) Tape Libraries, based on technology from Quantum. These tape system are geared to simplify data recovery and
archiving, and help customers meet compliance and backup needs, Kerns said.


The new C2 and C4 tape libraries are meant to protect data for applications
running on Sun’s new Fire X4100 and X4200 servers. The C-series linear
investment model also allows for a pay-as-you-go capacity strategy, said
Kerns.


On the software side, the executive said Sun has enhanced its StorEdge
Enterprise Storage Manager 4 (ESM 4), adding a new portal function that lets
customers launch all of their storage applications from a single Web home
page.


New tools include the StorEdge Workload Analysis Tool and Sun StorEdge VD
Bench Performance Tool, which help users analyze
workload requirements.


Finally, the new StorEdge Data Replicator Software protects data from
outages and disasters, providing quick recovery from
data loss. Kerns said it is ideal for small- to medium-sized businesses or
department-level deployments.


In the meantime, Sun is in the process of renaming its product line with the
Sun StorageTek family name following the successful purchase of that tape
storage specialist.

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