July 14, 2008

Sun Expands Open Storage Portfolio

Sun Microsystems has expanded its open storage portfolio with the addition of three new systems to its J4000 portfolio of storage arrays.

The J4200 supports up to 12 drives per tray and up to 48 SAS/SATA drives, the J4400 offers 24 drives per tray and up to 192 3.5" SAS/SATA drives, and the J4500 supports four rack units offering up to four SAS ports and up to 480 3.5-inch SATA Drives.

Sun also launched StorageTek SAS RAID, a host bus adapter for Sun servers that enables the J4000 systems to connect directly to Solaris, Linux, Windows, and OpenSolaris servers through interfaces for external storage expansion.

The company also introduced the Sun Fire X4540 storage server, an upgrade of its predecessor, the Fire X4500 "Thumper" system. It said the new version can scale up to 48 drives in a single enclosure. It said the X4540 is first open storage server that integrates industry standard server and storage components under an open architecture, and runs Solaris OS and Solaris ZFS.

The pricing for the J4000 family starts at $3,000, while the X4500 storage server family starts at $22,000.