EXCLUSIVE: Four new Sun Open Storage models revealed

SearchStorage ANZ can reveal the specs of four new open storage devices from Sun, codenamed “Anago”, “Witte”, “Riverwalk 2” and “Iwashi+”.

Sun is working on four new models in its Open Storage product range.

Sun had previously told SearchStorage ANZ that material discussed at a Sydney event last week was not for public consumption. Through its PR agency, Sun assured us that the sensitive material would not be released to those who attended the event.

Today, however, SearchStorage ANZ has received the presentation delivered at the event, which reveals details of four new products in the Open Storage range.

The new member of the 7000 series range is currently code-named “Anago” and is billed by Sun as its “First SAS2 Unified Storage system, delivering exceptional performance with 10x more flash.” The new array will provide “multi-dimensional scalability supporting 33% more capacity for large data sets” and promises “32% more storage density including central power & cooling infrastructure.”

Other features include:

  • The ability to use 384x 3.5” Hot-swap SAS disks
  • Provision for 96x 24GB read flash
  • Capacity for 6x 100GB write flash
  • The ability to operate a hybrid storage pool
  • 2x Capacity with expansion rack

A SAS 2 switch fabric is another inclusion, along with what Sun calls “Write backup (uSSD) upon power loss” and “Redundant PSU (N+N).”

Anago is said to go on sale in the second quarter of 2010.

Sun's current and future storage products

Riverwalk 2” is a four rack unit height unit holding 24 disks that Sun says can scale to reach 288 disks and a total of 576 gigabytes of storage with daisy chaining. Each unit comes equipped with two switched I/O modules, each boasting three 24Gbps SAS2 ports. Expect to see the device in the first quarter of 2010.

“Iwashi+” is billed as an entry-level device and can hold up to 60 SAS2 drives. The array will boast two quad-core Intel CPUs to speed things along and assist in driving traffic over the 1Gbps or 10Gbps network interfaces that are options for the machine. Iwashi+ is expected to go on sale in the first half of 2010.

The fourth new device, “Witte”, is a JBOD unit holding 24 SAS, SATA or solid state disks. Up to six of the devices can be combined for a total capacity of 144 drives.

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