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Sun Microsystems - circa 2009

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see also:- Sun Microsystems - editor mentions (1991 to 2010)

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Below are Sun's milestones from SSD Market History

Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's CEO (or his ghostwriter) reads storagesearch.com. His June 2008 blog - Anything But a Flash in the Pan cited projections from the article - Flash Memory vs. Hard Disks - Which Will Win?.

And in September 2008 - Sun employee, Marc Hamilton's blog - SSD's Everywhere cited our SSD Buyer's Guide.

In November 2008 - Sun launched its 7000 family of rackmount NAS systems - which includes hybrid HDD / flash SSD arrays. Sun says its Solaris ZFS can optimize the SSDs intelligently as a part of a storage pool. MSRP for a 4U system with 44TB of 7,200 RPM hard drives, 36GB flash SSD and 64GB RAM is $117,995.

In March 2009 - Sun Microsystems launched its new Sun Flash Analyzer - a free Java tool to help users determine how much their (Solaris, Windows and Linux) servers could benefit from SSD acceleration. The company also launched a try before you buy marketing promotion for its servers which have Sun branded 2.5" SLC flash SSDs pre-integrated. The 32GB SATA SSDs have sequential R/W upto 250MB/s and 170MB/s respectively. Random R/W IOPS are upto 35,000 and 3,300 respectively (4k blocks). Endurance is 3 years - assuming max write speed and 100% write duty cycle.

In April 2009 - Oracle announced an agreement to acquire Sun Microsystems for approximately $7.4 billion. (Which is similar to Sun's own total spend on acquiring storage companies. Thereby valuing Sun's server business as zero - or vice versa.)

In May 2009 - Sun Microsystems announced it has improved its hybrid rackmount storage systems to support an additional 600GB of flash SSD cache (compared to the current 64GB internal limit) for enhanced application performance.

The Sun Storage 7310 is available today and starts at a price of $40,165.

In October 2009 - Sun Microsystems launched a new 1U rackmount SSD - the F5100 Flash Array ($45,995 upwards) - which has 16 SAS ports and provides upto 1.92TB capacity. R/W IOPS are upto 1.6M and 1.2M respectively (for a system populated with 80 SSD modules).

Sun also launched the FlashFire F20 - a 96GB SLC flash PCIe SSD with 100k read and 84k write IOPS. R/W rates are upto 1092MB/s and 501MB/s respectively. The card also includes a SAS controller.


there was a lot more to Sun than SSDs and storage

In the notes above I've only talked about Sun in the SSD market. That was a small dimension of a their overall business impact.

If you're interested in how Sun impacted server market history - take a look at some of these archived articles and resources from the SPARC Product Directory

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