SAN JOSE, Calif. Sun Microsystems. Inc. has tapped Dot Hill Systems Corp. to make its StorEdge 3300 series of storage arrays, which will be aimed for use with Sun's entry-level Linux and Solaris servers.
The StorEdge 3300 arrays will include four drive systems in a 1U rack package and 12 drive systems in a 2U chassis, available with 2-Gbit/second Fibre Channel, 1-Gbit/s Ethernet or UltraSCSI 160 interfaces. Products will start shipping in mid-October and will support Solaris, Sun and Red Hat Unix and Windows NT and Windows 2000.
The storage business is highly driven by OEM relationships. Sun currently sources its high-end arrays from Hitachi Data Systems and its storage switches from Qlogic Corp. The arrays from Dot Hill (Carlsbad, Calif.) will compete with arrays from Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and EMC.
"We chose Dot Hill because they are committed to NEBS Level 3, mil-spec and ultradense packaging," said Bill Groth, a director of product marketing for Sun's storage group.
The new arrays will be available with the emerging Ultra320 SCSI interface in mid-2003. "Ultra320 is not currently available for this class of systems in the quantity and quality we require yet," said Groth.