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Bending Benchmarks: Oracle Zooms ZFS with ZS3 Storage Appliance

Oracle has come out today with the ZS3 series of its ZFS Storage Appliances. Sometimes a later act is just incremental, sometimes you can feel the ground move. Here we think other major storage vendors are going to really feel it shake. At first blush, the deliberately "application engineered" ZFS is best-in-class Oracle Database storage....But don't put ZS3 down simply as database storage. It rocks as a unified platform for other high-performance high-write business critical apps too...

  • Premiered: 09/10/13
  • Author: Mike Matchett
Topic(s): Oracle ZFS Storage unified
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How the future of data storage will stack up

The future of data storage will have storage shedding the role of a passive technology player as it integrates more closely with applications and workloads.

  • Premiered: 10/31/13
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Block Storage TBA File Storage TBA object storage TBA SAN TBA Automation TBA Oracle TBA ZFS TBA Tintri TBA Atlantis Computing TBA ILIO TBA Actifio TBA Maginatics TBA MagFS TBA Virtual storage TBA VSA TBA converged storage TBA Unified Storage TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA EMC TBA ViPR TBA Virtualized Big Data TBA Big Data
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New Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance adds speed, encryption

Oracle's new high-end ZFS Storage Appliance features improved performance and power, 3 TB DRAM, pluggable data analytics and data-at-rest encryption.

  • Premiered: 12/02/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Oracle TBA Oracle ZFS TBA ZFS TBA Encryption TBA Storage TBA analytics TBA NAS TBA Performance TBA Database TBA Optimization TBA Infrastructure TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA EMC TBA NetApp TBA Exadata TBA hybrid storage TBA LUN
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Enterprise Flash - Scalable, Smart, and Economical

There is a serious re-hosting effort going on in data center storage as flash-filled systems replace large arrays of older spinning disks for tier 1 apps. Naturally as costs drop and the performance advantages of flash-accelerated IO services become irresistible, they also begin pulling in a widening circle of applications with varying QoS needs. Yet this extension leads to a wasteful tug-of-war between high-end flash only systems that can’t effectively serve a wide variety of application workloads and so-called hybrid solutions originally architected for HDDs that are often challenged to provide the highest performance required by those tier 1 applications.

Someday in its purest form all-flash storage theoretically could drop in price enough to outright replace all other storage tiers even at the largest capacities, although that is certainly not true today. Here at Taneja Group we think storage tiering will always offer a better way to deliver varying levels of QoS by balancing the latest in performance advances appropriately with the most efficient capacities. In any case, the best enterprise storage solutions today need to offer a range of storage tiers, often even when catering to a single application’s varying storage needs.

There are many entrants in the flash storage market, with the big vendors now rolling out enterprise solutions upgraded for flash. Unfortunately many of these systems are shallow retreads of older architectures, perhaps souped-up a bit to better handle some hybrid flash acceleration but not able to take full advantage of it. Or they are new dedicated flash-only point products with big price tags, immature or minimal data services, and limited ability to scale out or serve a wider set of data center QoS needs.

Oracle saw an opportunity for a new type of cost-effective flash-speed storage system that could meet the varied QoS needs of multiple enterprise data center applications – in other words, to take flash storage into the mainstream of the data center. Oracle decided they had enough storage chops (from Exadata, ZFS, Pillar, Sun, etc.) to design and build a “flash-first” enterprise system intended to take full advantage of flash as a performance tier, but also incorporate other storage tiers naturally including slower “capacity” flash, performance HDD, and capacity HDD. Tiering by itself isn’t a new thing – all the hybrid solutions do it and there are other vendor solutions that were designed for tiering – but Oracle built the FS1 Flash Storage System from the fast “flash” tier down, not by adding flash to a slower or existing HDD-based architecture working “upwards.” This required designing intelligent automated management to take advantage of flash for performance while leveraging HDD to balance out cost. This new architecture has internal communication links dedicated to flash media with separate IO paths for HDDs, unlike traditional hybrids that might rely solely on their older, standard HDD-era architectures that can internally constrain high-performance flash access.

Oracle FS1 is a highly engineered SAN storage system with key capabilities that set it apart from other all-flash storage systems, including built in QoS management that incorporates business priorities, best-practices provisioning, and a storage alignment capability that is application aware – for Oracle Database naturally, but that can also address a growing body of other key enterprise applications (such as Oracle JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Siebel, MS Exchange/SQL Server, and SAP) – and a “service provider” capability to carve out multi-tenant virtual storage “domains” while online that are actually enforced at the hardware partitioning level for top data security isolation.

In this report, we’ll dive in and examine some of the great new capabilities of the Oracle FS1. We’ll look at what really sets it apart from the competition in terms of its QoS, auto-tiering, co-engineering with Oracle Database and applications, delivered performance, capacity scaling and optimization, enterprise availability, and OPEX reducing features, all at a competitive price point that will challenge the rest of the increasingly flash-centric market.

Publish date: 02/02/15
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Massive IOPS with Drops In Price-Performance - Early 2015 SPC-2 Standings

There is something quite interesting happening on the SPC-2 top 10 results page. Right now, HP (with XP7) and Kaminario, a hot all-flash solution, are leading the performance list. But the next three entries belong to Oracle's ZFS Storage ZS3 and ZS4 lineup. And when you scroll down a bit, the biggest surprise is that the top 10 price/performance storage leader is now Oracle! ... when you start to dig into the Oracle ZS series, you find a number of really attractive built-in features and capabilities including auto-tiering, multi-tenancy, and automated QoS...

  • Premiered: 03/18/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
Topic(s): Oracle ZFS SPC-2
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New scale-out NexentaEdge storage supports object, block

Nexenta's new scale-out object storage product supports object and block services and inline deduplication across a petabyte-scale cluster.

  • Premiered: 05/18/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Nexenta TBA NexentaEdge TBA scale-out TBA Storage TBA cluster TBA object TBA Block TBA Inline TBA Deduplication TBA OpenStack TBA Amazon S3 TBA Amazon TBA EMC TBA IBM TBA NetApp TBA Cleversafe TBA Caringo TBA Exablox TBA Scality TBA Ceph TBA Red Hat TBA ZFS TBA API TBA iSCSI TBA object storage TBA Jeff Byrne
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SoftNAS Cloud architecture gets facelift, new features

SoftNAS Cloud architecture splits into distinct products for primary NAS, secondary storage and replication across clouds, and targets multicloud and hybrid cloud implementations.

  • Premiered: 10/05/17
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA SoftNAS TBA Jeff Kato TBA NAS TBA secondary storage TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA replication TBA multi-cloud TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA cloud data platform TBA Data Migration TBA High Performance TBA Big Data TBA Backup TBA Archiving TBA cloud data management TBA WAN TBA WAN Optimization TBA AWS TBA Amazon Web Services TBA Microsoft TBA Microsoft Azure TBA IBM TBA Saas TBA NetApp TBA Oracle ZFS TBA ZFS TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA Amazon S3