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Sun Microsystems - circa 2009

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

Sun is now part of Oracle. See also:- acquisitions in the SSD market.
selected Sun milestones - SSD Market History

In May 2004 - Zsolt Kerekes (editor of SPARC Product Directory and published a provocative article - Why Sun Should Acquire an SSD Company - which explored the idea of how Sun could fix its business problems related to server speed problems and me-too storage systems in a bold move to become a leader in the enterprise SSD market. (We now know that didn't happen but the analysis still makes interesting reading.)

In October 2004 - Sun Microsystems signed an agreement to resell rackmount SSD accelerators from Texas Memory Systems. The RamSan product line from TMS was later acquired by IBM and renamed to FlashSystems.

In June 2008 - Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's CEO's blog - Anything But a Flash in the Pan cited projections from the article - Flash Memory vs. Hard Disks - Which Will Win?.

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 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 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.

In January 2010 - the EU cleared Oracle's proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems. The Sun brand (and discussion about Sun flash SSDs) now continues as a part of the OS, server and storage product mix offered by Oracle

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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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