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The Sun Honeycomb + Fedora: Fixed and Dynamic Data Storage

San Francisco, CA Gail Truman, Business Development Manager, ST5800, and Eric Reid, ST5800 Devloper, Sun Microsystems, kicked of the PASIG meeting in San Francisco today. Early adopter updates along with opportunities for organizations interested in the ST 5800 “Honeycomb” system to take part in an open forum about content addressable storage trends.
A variety of Sun products address both structured and unstructured storage. The Honeycomb creates a storage cloud that gives you a “claim check” to go find data with object identifiers. The Honeycomb box is a “cell”–two cells fit into a rack. The system is designed to allow for services and applications that would normally be accessed in the compute layer to be available within the “cell.” Accomplishing on-the-fly data transformations is one example of what this bundled hardware/software solution allows.
The name “Honeycomb” is derived from a hives and cells metaphor–duplicate cells that all work together providing one unified view into the “hive.” Sun’s documented testing has led them to point out that the if customers “Bring the data we should be able to handle it for the foreseeable future on the Industry’s most open storage platform.”
The STK5800 Honeycomb feature “buckets” include:
–Always open
–Manage and scale more data assets
–Extreme data protection
–Reduce cost and complexity.
The Honeycomb emphasizes reliability and a simplified management experience. Open source and open source standards are here to stay, and Sun’s development strategies support these concepts. The Honeycomb symmetric, clustered design allows storage capacity to grow with data. The Honeycomb will provide extreme data protection for 2.4 million years. Operators could lose 2 nodes and 8 drives and the Honeycomb will not fail because the data is evenly spread across all disks.
Market Strategy
Sun is buildling core expertise and learning about adopters and potential adopters that will be using it. by getting involved with open repostitory communities.
Each repository platform community—Fedora Commons, DSpace, and EPrints are testing the Honeycomb. The Fedora plugin for the honeycomb was developed and posted to the open Solaris site.