SINGAPORE, 13 July 2000 - Sun Microsystems unveiled a host of new systems, local and remote data protection software, customer care services and support programs, and a number of key storage partner programs and open standards endorsements.
Wong Heng Chew, managing director, Singapore, Sun Microsystems, said that monolithic, mainframe-like architecture for storage would not be able to keep pace with the Net.
"As everything with a digital heartbeat connects to the Internet, and data explodes from text to graphics, audio and video, our customers are clamoring for a more modern, open and network-based solution," Wong said.
Sun's new approach has three basic components:
The Sun StorEdge T3 Array
The StorEdge T3 array (a.k.a. "Purple"), which is about the size of a desktop PC, scales from 324 gigabytes to 88 terabytes (88 billion megabytes).
A single building block delivers storage solution for entry-level workgroup to high-end enterprise requirements and everything in between.
When configured as a pair, every component is redundant.
Sun says that a typical configuration costs one-half to one-third of an EMC system.
Data protection software
Sun's StorEdge Network Data Replicator (SNDR) and StorEdge Instant Image software provide local and remote data management software for protection from planned or unplanned disruptions and reduce time to recovery.
With SNDR, disks between physically separated servers can be replicated, in real time, to local sites or across the globe.
Sun's solution makes use of Jiro technology, a Java-based control management system, built to handle storage resource allocation more intelligently.
New service and program offerings
Sun offers a service approach that includes a dedicated storage consulting practice, storage support personnel, training and certification, and Sun Remote Service to manage storage networks via a secure continuous connection.
SunTone Certification for Storage Service Providers (SSPs), a quality of service certification program for SSPs, ensures compliance with practices based on the requirements of Sun Network Storage platforms, data and management service guidelines, methodologies, processes, and architecture.