Sun Microsystems Announces Flash Storage Arrays

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sunSun Microsystems has announced a new storage product, the Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array.  With the release, they claim to be the first server and storage company to bring fully-integrated Flash-based storage with Flash-optimized software to the enterprise.  The new array is designed to accelerate traditional database applications such as MySQL and Oracle.  The F5100 features up to 2TB of solid-state Flash.  With all the trays configured, the unit will hit 1.6 million read and 1.2 million write IOPS in a single rack unit consuming 300 watts.

Today’s announcements build on Sun’s strategy to lead a new storage hierarchy driven by flash technology to accelerate I/O throughput. No other vendor today is shipping fully-integrated flash-based hardware and software that leverages a world-class operating system to deliver breakthrough performance and value to our customers,” said John Fowler, executive vice-president, Systems Group, Sun Microsystems.

Sun was able to achieve a world-record performance of 12.8 GB/s of I/O bandwidth from a single F5100 array.  The only question is, when can I get one for my media center PC?  For more info, read their full release here.

UPDATE: Watch the video overview!


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