Last week, Sun Microsystems introduced new storage hardware aimed at entry-level and midmarket customers. The new hardware is part of Sun's N1 plan, which is designed to combine servers and storage systems in a single pool of computing power. The company believes customers today are more inclined to buy equipment as part of a total package rather than in pieces because doing so is more affordable and easier to manage. "They want integration with choice," said Scott McNealy, Sun chairman and CEO.
For the entry-level market, Sun introduced Sun Fire V210, which starts at $2995. Sun Fire is designed for serving Web pages or to function as part of a large group of servers (i.e., server farm). Another new product, the Sun Fire V240, will start at $3495 and is rack-ready for data centers. For the midrange level, Sun introduced the StorEdge 6120 array and the StorEdge 6320, which competes directly with Hewlett-Packard (HP) products. The StorEdge 6120 array, starting at $24,300, is a modular array that can grow into a complete storage system. The StorEdge 6320 system starts at $67,600 and is a complete storage system that can be managed from a single console. The new products will all be available this month.http://www.sun.com