Well, the Sun Storage 7000 line of products, or as Sun call them, the open storage, is growing in terms of installed base, functionalities, models, in a nutshell: it’s maturing!
There are a lot of intriguing aspects about the 7000s, the intelligent use of SSDs, the ease of use, usability, the licensing model, scalability, the architecture (ZFS first of all). But what i like, above all, is that this is the most rapidly refreshing line of storage products in the world! The use of commodity hardware permits to have the best of breed at a low cost, and every time Sun updates OpenSolaris (the software base of open storage) we’ll see a new update in few months. Every customers will be able to use new features, when they are available, at no cost!!! In a nutshell: sparkling!
A new OpenSolaris was released few days ago, comprises a lot of new features, further on, new CPUs are coming from AMD (after the 6 core we will se soon the 8 and 12 cores) this will surely lead to a new version of Sun Storage 7000 software before spring!
A Sun 7000V would give a lot of advantages for customers (indeed, the same advantages of adopting similar technologies from other vendors) and for Sun (for a most broadly adoption of the 7000!).
The ability to virtualize storage is very important: customers can reuse their actual (un-featured) SANs at a lower costs, and projects can benefit new features derived from the virtualizer!
Hey Sun, when we will be able to see a 7000V?