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Sun Will Release New NAS Storage Appliances

Besides unleashing Solaris 10, Sun Microsystems on Monday plans to turn the spotlight on new storage hardware and software offerings as part of its quarterly product launch.

James Whitemore, vice president of marketing at Sun, said the company will introduce the StorEdge 5310 NAS appliance, a midrange upgrade to the entry-level 5210 introduced last quarter. The 5310 brings support for Fibre Channel drives, the ability to cluster two units and a simplified management interface, he said.

Sun's introduction of NAS appliances in back-to-back quarterly product launches starts to make up for a lack of products in that space, according to Whitemore. "In the last four to five years, we've had no NAS offerings. So our channel partners worked with other vendors," he said. "Our partners want a single [storage] source."

The 5310, which slated to ship this quarter, can be configured with up to 23 Tbytes of RAID capacity. The unit starts with a minimum of 2 Tbytes of capacity and carries a list price of $46,995.

Sun also is moving into the lower end of the midrange storage space with its new StorEdge 6130 array, which Whitemore said brings enterprise services such as data snapshots, replication and volume backups to midrange customers.

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