Sun Microsystems is banking on the open source concept again -- this time with its storage business. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday the computer maker's latest hardware is what is being called "open storage."
The Storage 7000 Unified Storage System, or Amber Road, uses the Zettabyte file system, or ZFS, and includes the Thumper server-storage hybrid. The company hopes to build a community of developers around ZFS similar to that of Linux or the OpenSolaris operating system.
Some observers say the new hardware isn't easily scalable for large data centers, but Sun is targeting smaller businesses that are looking to cut costs in a tough economy. According to ZDNet, the company says the new system "can deliver up to 75 percent cost savings."