Sun Rolls Out Linux Storage Option

Sun Microsystems Inc. is expected to announce at LinuxWorld a fault-tolerant Linux failover option for its Sun StorEdge T3 storage array that lets large enterprises protect their data and avoid downtime. LinuxWorld starts August 14 in San Jose.

The company has partnered with Linuxcare to use Linux software with its newest storage array for the enterprise, the StorEdge T3. When the storage array is connected to an Intel server running Solaris, the software (which resides on the server) allows one storage array to failover for the other. It works with multiple T3 arrays. The software is the first failover solution for storage, the company claims.

The Sun StorEdge T3 is a rack-mounted RAID storage array with an integrated Fibre Channel adapter. Its capacity ranges from 162G bytes to 88 terabytes. As capacity increases, additional storage can be added.

This is not the first time Sun has partnered with a Linux vendor. Sun and Linuxcare produced a version of Sun's StarOffice productivity suite that runs on Linux.

NetCraft, an Internet consultancy in Bath, England, reported 36% of all Web sites run on Linux servers.

The software is available free from Linuxcare and will be available for download in the next week from http://open-projects.linuxcare.com/t3/.

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