"Create a more Efficient Storage Infrastructure with the Oracle Solaris 10 Operating System" is an Oracle white paper that explains how upgrading to Oracle Solaris 10 can help IT organizations simplify administration and make better use of storage and data management infrastructure. datacenters can take advantage of powerful features offered only by the Oracle Solaris 10 operating system to create intelligent, feature-rich storage servers that can ease infrastructure complexity and reduce operational costs, the paper contends.
Given the complexity of the datacenter's role, the traditional reliance on third-party solutions too frequently fails to offer the resources necessary to discharge the demand on modern system. Meeting those demands inside the enterprise calls for an operating system that can integrate data services directly and provide an ideal platform for deploying network-attached storage or storage servers. Such an operating system -- the best, in fact, the paper argues, is the Solaris 10 Operating System.
The new features found in Oracle Solaris 10 better internal communication, more complete networking, built-in file and data services with data integrity, simplified data management, and integrated storage pooling and volume management -- deliver an ideal platform for developing and deploying new storage solutions faster, the white paper continues.
Among the capabilities of Solaris 10 OS the white paper considers are its ability to make data accessible, to virtualize systems and storage, to support a wide range of storage devices, to simplify storage management, to deliver I/O performance, and to keep systems and data secure.
The paper also explains how such features of Solaris 10 OS such as FileBench and DTrace enable administrators to have an up-to-the-minute level of information about system health. The management of migration for system upgrades is also made easier by the Solaris 10 OS with its snapshot facility that can create a read-only copy of an Oracle Solaris ZFS file system or volume almost instantaneously and restore it at a later time, should that be necessary.
The management of multiple file systems is similarly made easy by Oracle's Solaris ZFS that provides support for bootability, built-in redundancy capabilities, and ondisk
consistency, the paper notes.
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