Sun Lays Out Storage Roadmap
Sun is continuing to define storage aspects of its already announced N1 initiative for future data center architectures.Sun Microsystems Inc. is continuing to define storage aspects of its already announced N1 initiative for future data center architectures. There is no central storage announcement planned; new hardware and software from Sun and partners will debut incrementally beginning later this year, said Rich Napolitano, vice president of data services platforms, in an interview today. The current plans include storage provisioning features from Suns I-Fabric, based on the Nov. 2002 acquisition of Terraspring Inc. Those features will integrate with similar features affecting storage networks directly, offered through Suns Data Services Platform (DSP).
DSP itself is the result of Suns Sept. 2002 acquisition of Pirus Networks Inc., said Napolitano, the former Pirus CEO. It will have minor releases every two months, he said. An announcement regarding third-party support will come in September, he said.