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Monday, November 12, 2007

Sun's high-capacity storage system integrated with OA archiving software

Tim Stammers, Sun breaks out Honeycomb, CBR, November 12, 2007.  Excerpt:

Officially dubbed the Sun StorageTek 5800 storage system, the device was first publicized by Sun under its code-name Honeycomb almost three years ago, in January 2005.

Now Sun says the device is generally available, and that it has already shipped 400TB to some resellers and early customers, in the education, healthcare and scientific research industries.

Given the size of the systems involved, that total capacity is likely to involve less than a dozen Honeycombs. The server giant named six colleges and a library in North America and the UK to which it said it had shipped Honeycomb systems....

The only other applications [apart from BakBone Software] that Sun said have been integrated with the Honeycomb are open source "archive preservation" applications created by Fedora, DSpace, VTLS and ePrints...and its own SANQFS archiving tool.

If customers want to link any other applications to the Honeycomb, they must do so through an interface based on the CIFS and NFS file-access protocols....

Sun's initial focus on open source applications for the Honeycomb is linked to its overall enthusiasm for open source, and its promise it made at the beginning of the year to make the code running the Honeycomb open source....The company argued that the open sourcing of the Honeycomb will diminish customers' anxiety about the long term storage of archive data for what might be several years, on storage systems that might become obsolete....