A Sun storage product I would like to see really soon
Ever since the September 2005 introduction of Sun's Galaxy servers (the X4100 and X4200), and more recently the T2000 CoolThreads server, I've been convinced that Sun needs to add an entry-level, SAS-based, direct attached, JBOD drive array to their storage portfolio. The array would be 1U high, and hold up to 8 SAS disks, that are presented as two external UltraSCSI320 busses. The user would be able to connect the two busses together to have 8 disks on one bus, or, for performance and redundancy reasons, have 4 disks on each of two busses. In other words, an 8 disk, SAS based, version of the StorageTek 3120 SCSI array. Of course, the array would also have two hot swappable PSUs.
A fibre attached variant of this array could also be introduced, as could a 2U version with a 16 drive capacity.
With the availability of low cost, high performance servers like the X4200 and T2000, I think a matching drive array would sell like hot cakes--especially if they're priced right. I think Sun's current entry level S1 is over priced at $3695 (list) for what amounts to a case, PSU, and a couple of disks. I think if Sun could introduce an array like I described above for $1995 entry price ("small" model: dual PSUs and two 73 GB 10000RPM SAS disks), they'd be on to a real winner.
Here's a picture of my hypothetical array I mocked up in The GIMP:
I think a Sun X4200 + an UltraSCSI320 HBA + one of these arrays, using ZFS on Solaris or OpenSolaris would be really cool. What do you think?