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Archived ZFS Articles
04 Mar 2016
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Recommended ZFS Configurations and Practices [50419]
By Cindy Swearingen

Cindy blogs, "We recently celebrated 10 years of ZFS in Oracle Solaris so I've spent many years working with people internally and externally to ensure optimal ZFS configurations and practices. You can review recommended ZFS configurations and practices in the ZFS Best Practices section of the docs.

ZFS brings modern simplicity and redundancy to the enterprise datacenter where previously we wrestled with file systems and devices..."
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13 Sep 2015
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OpenZFS Developer Summit [45679]
San Francisco, October 19 - 20, 2015

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07 Jul 2015
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ZFS in Oracle Solaris 11.3 [44161]
A secure, simple, and efficient foundation

Cindy Swearingen blogs, "ZFS provides a secure, simple, and efficient foundation for supporting the Oracle Solaris infrastructure so I'm excited about the new ZFS features that are included in the Solaris 11.3 Beta release. Here are few highlights: ..."

  • Efficient and Flexible - LZ4 compression
  • Simplified Management
  • Performance and Scalability
  • SMB 2.1 is built for high-speed networks

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10 Jun 2015
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Zero Copy I/O Aggregation [43366]
By Roch Bourbonnais

Roch writes, "One of my favorite feature of ZFS is the I/O aggregation done in the final stage of issuing I/Os to devices. In this article, I explain in more detail what this feature is and how we recently improved it with a new zero copy feature.

It is well known that ZFS is a Copy-on-Write storage technology. That doesn't meant that we constantly copy data from disk to disk. More to the point it means that when data is modified we store that data in a fresh on-disk location of our own choosing. This is primarily done for data integrity purposes and is managed by the ZFS transaction group (TXG) mechanism that runs every few seconds. But an important side benefit of this freedom given to ZFS is that I/Os, even unrelated I/Os, can be allocated in physical proximity to one another. Cleverly scheduling those I/Os to disk then makes it possible to detect contiguous I/Os and issue few large ones rather than many small ones..."
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22 May 2015
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OpenZFS European User Conference - Paris [42804]
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Wednesday, May 27th

Ryan Tyler writes, "I'm pleased to announce the second annual OpenZFS European User Conference.

We'll be returning to Ecole 42 which was a fantastic venue last year. We are aiming to keep the format the same as 2014 with a relaxed, friendly and lots of opportunity to network and make new ZFS friends.

Starting today we would like to request presentation and session ideas so we can build the agenda for the day. Thanks to our immediate sponsors from last year, we'll still have beers and pizza in the evening!..."
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01 Mar 2015
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Backing up MySQL using ZFS Snapshots and Clones [41203]
A convenient mechanism to backup, restore, and fork a MySQL database

Paul Johnson writes, "The blog post serves as a follow-up to Deploying MySQL over NFS using the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance and Deploying MySQL over Fibre Channel/iSCSI using the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.

The snapshot and clone features of the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance provides a convenient mechanism to backup, restore, and fork a MySQL database. A ZFS snapshot is a read-only copy of a file-system that is created instantaneously while initially occupying zero additional space. As the data of a file-system changes, the differences are tracked inside the snapshot. A ZFS clone is a writeable snapshot that can be used to branch off an existing filesystem without modifying the original contents..."
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