Sun Microsystems plans to launch a range of high-performance servers that rely on energy-efficient solid-state disc (SSD) drives.
Sun is already shipping Solaris ZFS software optimised for SSD technologies through the OpenSolaris community, and plans to be the first major systems supplier to add an end-to-end Flash-based disc product line to its portfolio.
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Sun says its offering will give customers three times better performance using one-fifth of the energy consumption of traditional spinning disc offerings.
Because the New Flash-based arrays dramatically reduce energy use, they will join Sun's portfolio of Eco Innovation products and services.
"Flash SSD is the most exciting innovation to happen to system and storage design in over a decade. By mid-2009, it will be in the majority of servers and deliver more capacity than DRAM, and far greater overall system performance and energy efficiency," said John Fowler, executive vice president at the Sun Systems Group.
"This technology will completely change how server and storage infrastructure is designed and deployed in enterprise data centres," he said.
Sun will ship its first SSD servers later this year.