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20 Mar 2015
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Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 Shows 1.8x Generational Performance Improvement on SPC-2 Benchmark [41432]
As shown by the SPC-2 benchmark

The Oracle BestPerf blog notes, "The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 appliance delivered 1.8x improved performance and 1.3x improved price performance over the previous generation Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 appliance as shown by the SPC-2 benchmark.

  • Running the SPC-2 benchmark, the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 appliance delivered SPC-2 Price-Performance of $17.09 and an overall score of 31,486.23 SPC-2 MBPS.

  • The Oracle ZFS Storage continues its strong price performance by occupying the three of the top five SPC-2 price performance.

  • Oracle holds the three of the top four performance results on the SPC-2 benchmark for HDD based systems

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19 Mar 2015
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Oracle Expands Storage Efficiency Leadership [41431]
New SPC-2 result was posted for the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4

Bryce Cracco writes, "On March 17, 2015, a new SPC-2 result was posted for the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 at 31,486.23 SPC-2 MBPS. (The SPC-2 benchmark, for those unfamiliar, is an independent, industry-standard performance benchmark test for sequential workload that simulates large file operations, database queries, and video streaming.) This is the best throughput number ever posted for a ~$1/2 million USD system, and its on-par with the best in terms of raw sequential performance. (Note that the SPC-2 Total Price metric includes three years of support costs.) ..."
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17 Mar 2015
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The Benefits of Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) [41430]
Manage the increasing cost of storage for their Oracle Utilities products

Anthony Shorten writes, "In the 4.2.0.2.0 release of Oracle Utilities Application Framework, a new ILM based data management solution was implemented to allow customers to manage the increasing cost of storage for their Oracle Utilities products. It is being progressively rolled out across each of the Oracle Utilities products over the next year. With utilities across the world having to deal with larger and larger data volumes over time, the cost of storing that data and ensuring appropriate access by the business to that data become key concerns. ILM offers tools to address that.

The benefits of using this facility are as follows:..."
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05 Mar 2015
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Announcing Oracle Hierarchical Storage Manager [41201]
StorageTek Storage Archive Manager 5.4 (SAM-QFS) has been renamed

Due to recent enhancements and importance within Oracle's storage portfolio, StorageTek Storage Archive Manager 5.4 (SAM-QFS) has been renamed to Oracle Hierarchical Storage Manager (Oracle HSM) 6.0.

Key points to note:

  • The functionality of Oracle HSM 6.0 is identical to that of SAM-QFS 5.4
  • There are no changes to partner resell requirements. Oracle HSM resell rights are granted through the Tape, NAS, or SAN storage knowledge zones.

SAM/HSM is the critical component to the popular Tiered Storage Specialization, and has a wide variety of use cases including:

  • Cloud infrastructure using OpenStack Swift
  • Genomics data
  • Geospatial data
  • Medical images
  • Research data
  • Public transportation records
  • Content management
  • Oracle Recovery Manager (Oracle RMAN) backup

The latest release included significant enhancements...
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10 Feb 2015
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Thin Cloning of PDBs is a Snap with Oracle Storage [40821]
By Bryce Cracco

Bryce Cracco writes, "I thought I'd bring up another integration point between Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance and Oracle Database 12c with Oracle Multitenant. Specifically, I want to discuss how we integrate our ZFS snapshot technology with Oracle Multitenant to reduce database storage footprint and speed database provisioning straight from the SQL Plus command line.

Oracle Multitenant option for Oracle Database 12c introduces the concept of the pluggable database (PDB), which exist within a container database (CDB). This is the basic construct that is used to facilitate database creation in multitenant environments from either 'seed' PDBs (essentially a template) or a 'source' PDB (an existing, running, full database). In either case, a simple SQL Plus command 'create pluggable database' is used to easily create the new PDB. Under the covers, the way this normally works is by duplicating the relevant files associated with the source or seed PDB, copying them to a new location to support the new PDB..."
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06 Feb 2015
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ZFS: Doing It Right [40709]
Rock ZFS, Rock Your Performance Review

Imagine you're a system administrator, and an email arrives from your boss. It goes something like this:

"Hey, bud, we need some new storage for Project Qux. We heard that this [insert major company here] uses a product called the Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance as the back-end for their [insert really popular app here]. We want to do something like that at similar scale; can you evaluate how well that compares to XYZ storage we already own?"

So you get in touch with your friendly local ZFS sales dudette, who arranges a meeting that includes a Sales Engineer to talk about technical stuff related to your application. The appliance, however, has an absolutely dizzying array of options. Where do you start?...
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