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Sun Bangs 'Thumper' Drum

Sun ramped up its open storage strategy today, overhauling its "Thumper" server/storage hybrid and unveiling its J4000 line of storage arrays .

It’s a line of JBOD products that allows us to expand the capabilities of an open storage environment,” says Jason Schaffer, Sun’s director of storage product management, explaining that these can be connected to storage arrays and servers running the vendor’s OpenSolaris operating system and its ZFS file system.

The J4200 and the J4440, both launched today, support, respectively, 12 and 24 3.5 inch SAS/SATA drives.

Pricing for the JBODs, which compete with HP’s MSA offerings, starts at $3000. Sun is also planning to launch a high end, 48-drive version, the J4500, later this month, priced from $22,000.

The vendor has also refreshed its X4500 Thumper device, which it launched amidst much fanfare two years ago.

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