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Sun Sets Out 2008 Storage Roadmap

Sun, which announced plans for Flash-based SSDs earlier this week, is planning a slew of new products for the second half of this year, including a high-speed 40-Gbit/s InfiniBand switch, storage blades, and a raft of server/storage combos.

We have a huge amount of action,” said John Fowler, executive vice president of Sun’s systems division, during a media and analyst event in Boston earlier this week. “There’s a huge amount of storage products kind of outside the traditional crossbar array.”

These will include the successor to the 3,456-port ‘Magnum’ device launched by Sun last year, which the vendor has been touting as the ‘world’s largest InfiniBand switch’.

Sun’s Fowler explained that Magnum is currently limited to 20-Gbit/s per port, although the vendor is now looking to double this throughput.

“We’re in the process of engineering the 40-Gigabit version, the next generation of Magnum,” he said, adding that the souped-up InfiniBand switch will be available in the second half of 2008.

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