Sun is following Hewlett-Packard and IBM into the storage blade market with a disk module for the Sun Blade 6000. The disk module holds up to 1.2 TB of storage in the form of eight 73 GB or 146 GB SAS drives.
The latest product rolled out by Sun under its Open Storage brand comes three weeks after IBM rolled out a storage enclosure for its BladeCenter S and a month after HP bundled storage blades with its “Shorty” BladeSystem c3000.
Francis Lam, product manager for the Sun Blade 6000, says a storage module was planned for the 6000 from the start, and the time is right because SAS controller chips have been built into the server modules. “The plumbing has been in place,” he said.
Pricing begins at $1,595.
The storage blade release comes one day after Sun disclosed it struggled again financially last quarter, and expects to lose between $0.25 and $0.35 a share on revenues in the range of $2.950 to $3.050 billion, down from $3.219 billion in the same quarter last year. No mention of storage sales was made in Sun’s press release detailing its latest earnings miss.