Sun intros new T3 storage arrays

Sun Microsystems has introduced a new family of storage arrays designed for a broad spectrum of users.

Sun officials are marketing the new storage units to a variety of users from workgroups with simple storage needs to large enterprises. The new Sun StorEdge T3 line will support host environments from a variety of vendors, such as Sun's Solaris, Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX, IBM's AIX, Microsoft's Windows NT and Windows 2000 NT and Linux.

One analyst suggests the T3 may help Sun regain some of its own operating system market.

"While we don't see anything ultra-exciting (about the T3) as a standalone product, it should be enough for Sun to take back some market share on its own Solaris base," said Steve Duplessie, a senior analyst with The Enterprise Storage Group, based in Massachusetts.

The Sun StorEdge T3 arrays are expected to be available worldwide by July 11. Prices for a 162-gigabyte Sun StorEdge T3 array for the workgroup start at $US32,500, and the high-end 2.6-terabyte configuration lists at $US465,900.

The system has an expansion range of 162GB to 88TB, depending on the model. Sun has designed the Sun StorEdge T3 array for continuous availability with no single point of failure and has features such as redundant hot-swap components, dual paths to the host and mirrored cache.

The system possesses redundant 100Mbps Fibre Channel arbitrated loop (FC-AL) host interface and dual 100Mbps back-end FC-AL drive loops. It accelerates performance by using an end-to-end Fibre Channel hardware RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) controller with an optimised mirrored cache. It also provides access to critical services such as remote management, diagnostics, and monitoring, Sun officials said in a statement.

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