The Internet is littered with Oracle’s news today of Oracle’s enhancements to the Unified Storage System Product Line. I get emails about news all of the time from companies and PR agencies about news, briefings and offerings of more information. I generally appreciate them coming to me, though from a professional standpoint I am not timely or always polite in my responses.
Regarding Oracle’s Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage line, there was one line that caught my eye. In the midst of all kinds of information, there was mention of 1 and 2 TB SAS disk drives. “SAS” like S-A-S, not SATA. Here is the email I received today from the PR firm on behalf of Oracle:
I initially pulled a reality check and asked if that was not mistakenly SATA and I was ensured that it was SAS, and even directed to a product page which is shown here from the Oracle website:
It says “SATA” baby! But, have no fear – there are write accelerators in place. So, Rick, why would you not believe the press release and information at face value? The devil is in the details… These SAS drives are really SATA drives that have a SAS interface. The 1 TB and 2 TB drives available in the Sun Storage 7000 series are running at 7200 RPM, not the 10000 or 150000 RPM speeds that we would associate with enterprise storage.
Seagate, likely the arms dealer of these drives, has the Constellation ES series that would provide the best product for this application. Due to the 7200 RPM speed, this block of spinning rust would be relegated to nearline status versus enterprise status in most circles. I’ll go out on a limb and call it vSAS (virtual SAS) as it is really the SATA disk that we know and love in 1TB and 2TB sizes with the SAS-2 interface for transfers yet no mechanical differences as far as I can determine.
Not quite hard drive crack, but something we all should know going in. I’m not trying to pick a fight with Oracle or anyone, but I’m getting to the point where I like to look a little under the hood and there is nothing wrong with that. I guess we can just call it FUD-Guard.