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Some of you may have heard Andy Becholstein mention a flash device at one of the Sun events. This device will allow for 80 Sun Flash Modules in a 1U and will do over 1 million IOPS. This level of performance will destroy the competition in almost all workloads.
For those that don't knowm Sun's Flash Modules are basically a SATA SSD in a laptop size SO-DIMM form factor. The initial options will store 32GB(up from estimated 28GB), have a 64MB cache and consume 2.5 watts when active. All the specs match or exceed current SLC SSD offerings. The sleep power is only 100mW, so all 80 in the new array could only use 8W total in sleep power mode. I'm not sure how the term sleep compares with what I would call idle.
You may be thinking, "Big deal. I'll never be able to get one." They are going to charge insane money for it, right? Not necessarily. The flash modules are also being used in the entry-level X2270 and blades so their price is not likely to get too out of hand. The chassis is a JBOD, so it is unlikely to be too pricey. Now it probably won't be the cheapest product fully loaded. Multiplying anything by 80 has a tendency to add up. You'll get a lot for your money though. Phenomenal performance, low power, truly non-volatile, and compact size just to name a few.
For those of you who know how to leverage ZFS, imagine using this as your read and write cache. Along those lines, we will most likely see a 7000 series product that does just that.
It is to be known as the Sun Storage F5100 Lightning Flash, assuming that the Sun name is still around when it comes out. I also think the Lighting Flash part may be dropped but I think it's kinda catchy.
Initial modules will allow for raw storage of 2.5TB per unit and 107TB+ per rack.