Sun Microsystems is extending its Unified Storage family with an array that allows solid state disk (SSD) drives and hard disk drives to be used in the same chassis and under the same management interface.

The Sun Storage 7310 is a comprehensive, Flash-powered storage system that includes leverages Hybrid Storage Pool capabilities.

In addition to the maximum 64GB of DRAM cache, it can be configured with up to an additional 600GB of SSD cache (1.2TB for cluster version) for enhanced application performance.

John Fowler, executive vice-president, Systems, Sun Microsystems, said the Storage 7310 opens up a door for customers to more widely deploy high availability clustered storage and experience the power and economic benefits of Unified Storage.

Other features within the Sun Storage 7310 storage system include:

  • Three times (3x) less power consumption than traditional storage solutions
  • Scalability up from 12TB to 96TB capacity with no interruption to system availability
  • High network throughput with four 1Gb Ethernet ports per controller and optional 10Gb connectivity
  • Single controller offers two PCI slots for additional network or tape-backup connectivity for easy plug and play integration

The Storage 7310 is available immediately and costs from USD $40,165

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