Sun Microsystems rolled out several hardware storage systems and new storage management software last week, gear that signals its intent to manage and support multi-vendor storage.
The company announced a sweeping storage management plan, first reported in Network World last year, and its intent to ship two mid-range storage arrays.
The storage management software will monitor and manage other vendors' storage arrays and focus on four areas: availability, performance, utilisation and resource management.
The new arrays are the mid-range Sun StorEdge 3900 and 6900. The 3900 is geared toward clustering and high-performance computing applications. The 6900 is designed to consolidate servers and virtualise storage.
The software, built on Sun's Storage ONE architecture, will include the StorEdge Availability Suite, software that allows the contents of a storage array to be mirrored remotely or copied at any point in time to a local or remote array for disaster recovery.
Software also included is the StorEdge Resource Management Suite, which reports on capacity, files and utilisation, and the Performance Suite and Utilization Suite, both of which help manage the network storage.
The software will also allow storage provisioning according to applications deployed and the virtualisation of storage into a single pool so data can be found.
Prices for the 3900 and 6900 start at under $US80,000 and include applications such as virtualisation, which starts at $100,000.