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Sun open archive solutions address data explosion

Posted: 19 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:open archive? Sun OS? data explosion?

Sun Microsystems Inc. has announced the latest addition to its open archive portfolio, a scalable, energy-conscious midrange modular library and fourth-generation fast-access tape drive. In addition, Sun has introduced enhancements to archive data security and released a multitiered archive appliance that will work heterogeneously with Solaris 10 and other leading OS.

The new energy-conscious Sun StorageTek SL3000 is said to be the world's first midrange library to deliver enterprise-class availability and features like non-disruptive capacity and performance scalability. In addition, the new technology allows for multiple partitioning options to consolidate existing library assets and offers support for open systems and mainframe environments. The feature-rich SL3000 delivers best-in-class power consumption and density.

Archive is one of the fastest growing segments of the storage market, fueled by an explosion in unstructured data growth, longer data retention periods, organizations leveraging digital assets for business growth, regulatory compliance and overall storage optimization needs. This announcement is the latest in Sun's efforts to bring the design innovation of enterprise archive to the network economy, giving customers smarter choices in managing exponential data growth for 'forever' retention periods with systems that can scale to petabytes and provide the ability to efficiently search for content across different types of data.

The new archive products launched were:

StorageTek SL3000 Modular Library System - The first midrange library with non-disruptive scalability of up to 3,000 slots, the SL3000 delivers up to 50 percent reduction in space and up to 10x power savings over comparable libraries. Based on the industry-leading Sun StorageTek SL8500 modular library system, it is the first midrange library that allows for upgrades up to 3,000 slots on-the-fly without downtime, and the first mid-range solution to offer "any cartridge, any slot" technology to enable consolidation and leverage existing investments. It is said to have the most flexible partitioning in the industry for easier and more efficient archive data management and its "Centerline" technology improves time-to-data (cartridge-to-drive performance) speed by up to 50 percent;

Sun StorageTek T9840D Tape Drives - The only fast-access tape drive in the industry with an average data access time that is up to four times faster than conventional capacity-centric tape drives, the StorageTek T9840D offers a cost-optimized tier of storage for certain nearline archive applications. The T9840D is the first tape drive to allow customers to re-use and reformat media across four generations of tape drives to dramatically improve tape media ROI. The T9840D also delivers build-in encryption to protect sensitive archive data.

Sun Crypto Key Management System (KMS) 2.0 - The first key management solution to deliver a single, centralized key encryption architecture for multi-vendor tape drives including the HP LTO, Sun StorageTek T9840D, and Sun StorageTek T10000 products. KMS 2.0 extends the simplicity, security and scalability of its predecessor by offering enhanced network access and device support. Designed to support up to 30x more devices than competing solutions, Sun is the first to commit to open sourcing its key management system, further protecting customers from vendor lock-in with their long-term archives.

Sun Customer Ready Infinite Archive System - Enhancements to the first multitiered archive appliance in the market, with the most robust policy set for automation of archive data movement across tiers of storage. Customers can quickly deploy this system to take advantage of the compelling economics of a multitiered archive versus all-disk alternatives that are up to 50 percent more expensive. Built around Sun's Storage Archive Manager (SAM) software, this system offers optional tiers of performance and capacity disk along with tape storage for less active archive data.

Sun storage hardware and software is heterogeneous and works with all major OS including Solaris 10.

Solaris ZFS simplifies storage and data management and allows customers to offer data security and integrity, virtually unlimited scalability and automated manageability for demanding applications today and well into the future. Solaris 10 with Solaris ZFS is the only OS designed to provide end-to-end checksumming for all data, helping to ensure data integrity.

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