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October 11, 2009

Sun Microsystems unveils new flash storage array

Features up to two terabytes of flash capacity

By CBR Staff Writer

Sun Microsystems has launched new Sun Storage F5100 Flash array that extends its flash portfolio. The company claims that the new flash array is designed to accelerate Oracle and MySQL database workloads and optimise storage architectures for higher performance at lower cost.

Sun Microsystems said that the F5100 Flash Array features up to two terabytes (2TB) of flash capacity and 1.6 million read and 1.2 million write IOPS performance in a single rack unit.

The company added that the new flash array delivers 1.6 million of IOPS of performance, which is comparable to 3,000 enterprise hard disk drives that span over 14 data center racks and consume more than ten times the energy.

According to the company, the Sun storage F5100 Flash array improves I/O performance for application with ten times better latency versus traditional fibre channel disks and at the same time works with Oracle Database 11g to process up to 250,000 employee payroll checks.

John Fowler, executive vice-president of systems group at Sun Microsystems, said: “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.”

Andy Mendelsohn, senior vice-president of database group at Oracle, said: “Oracle customers are accustomed to getting great value from their Oracle Database deployments and are looking for best-in-class products to optimise response time from their database applications.

“Oracle and Sun Fire systems running Solaris OS are proven to deliver world-class reliability, scalability and performance for enterprise customers and we look forward to extending this success into this new family of FlashFire-based storage products.”

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