This is certainly our biggest announcement of the year so far; just possibly the biggest since I showed up here in 2004. The official name is the “Sun Storage 7000” and there are three systems in the line-up. As usual, the real actual technology news is in the blogs; the hub is at the Storage News blog, but I’d start with the co-conspirators: Bryan Cantrill’s Fishworks: Now it can be told and Mike Shapiro’s Introducing the Sun Storage 7000 Series. I have some opinions too.
I’ve been talking to this project for a long time, enjoying visits to their top-secret headquarters featuring genuine startup grunge on a middle floor of an anonymous building in downtown San Fran with no Sun signs on it. To be 100% fair, I haven’t seen the latest demos from the competition, so bear that in mind when I say that I’ve been just blown away. Specifically, our storage guys are claiming that, compared to the competition, these things are:
Way easier to install and manage,
Immensely more observable, and
Much less power-hungry.
Some of the coverage goes on and on about the fact that there’s lots of SSD in the picture along with the spinning rust. And our marketing spiel has a lot of talk about scalability and reliability, which I’m sure are perfectly competitive. But I think the big deal is about manageability and price.
The storage guys who built this stuff seem level-headed and not prone to inflated claims. So this smells like a really nice announcement as we and the industry work through the tough times.