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Sun Sets Sights on SSDs

Sun is the latest vendor to throw its weight behind solid state disk, unveiling an ambitious plan to add Flash-based SSDs to its servers and storage systems.

The most exciting thing going on in storage today is solid state disk,” said John Fowler, executive vice president of Sun’s systems division, during an event for media and analysts in Boston yesterday. “It will be the largest change in storage price performance in a decade.”

The exec explained that Sun is planning to offer 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SSDs across its servers and storage products in the second half of this year. Sun has already tweaked its ZFS file system to handle solid state.

“ZFS automatically understands the concept of a pool of storage,” Fowler said, explaining that the file system could be used to manage a “hybrid” infrastructure of both SSDs and traditional disk drives.

SSDs are gaining momentum as a fast-access alternative to traditional magnetic or optical media. HBA specialist Emulex, for example, recently announced plans for a Fibre Channel-to-SSD bridge, and both HDS and EMC have embraced SSD technology .

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