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Sun Targets Entry-Level Storage

Arthur Cole

You gotta hand it to Sun -- it doesn't sit still for very long.

 

The company has made another stab at the storage market this week, unveiling a new open storage appliance nicknamed Amber Road but known formally as the Sun Storage 7000 line. The device is built on the Open Solaris platform and ranges in capacity from 2 to 288 TB using a combination of DRAM, SSDs and traditional hard drive technology.

 

The system is aimed at small to medium enterprises with features like five-minute setup and simplified management. It also draws less power compared to higher-end Sun offerings, like the Sun Fire x4540.

 

Pricing starts at $10,000 for the 7110, which includes only hard drives, and approaches $90,000 for a clustered 12 TB configuration. Higher-end systems also add services like replication, thin provisioning and compression, as well as analysis and management capabilities through the company's FishWorks (Fully Integrated Software and Hardware) program.


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