Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage 7000 Appliance delivers enterprise-class data services, file and block-level support, scalability, performance, and a set of new storage innovations at significant cost savings. All Sun ZFS Storage 7000 Appliance products feature a common, builtin, and easy-to-use management interface. The 7000 has the industry’s most comprehensive analytics environment, allowing customers to view, isolate, and diagnose both protocol and network issues. In addition, the 7000 systems are the only storage systems with hybrid storage pools that optimize performance. The Sun ZFS Storage 7000 Appliance delivers breakthrough performance while radically simplifying the way you manage your storage.
• Multicore, multisocket application server designs are increasingly held back by slow storage.
• When requesting data, the server spends most of its time waiting for storage.
• Application performance remains sluggish regardless of the server CPU horsepower.
• The traditional remedy of adding more Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) or “shortstroking” hard disk drives (HDDs) is both expensive and inefficient. 260 Times Slower Multi-Core Multi Socket CPUs High Performance DRAM 15K RPM Disk Drives Server Storage
Today’s enterprise applications require fast access to large volumes of information and databases, and are pushing the performance limits of traditional storage architectures. It is relatively easy to address data growth and storage capacity issues by adding more disk drives and arrays. It is not so easy to scale storage I/O (input/output) performance.
Moore’s Law refers to a prediction—made by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore in 1965—that processing power will double approximately every two years. Short-stroking limits the disk space used to the hard disk’s outer tracks so that the read/write heads don’t have to travel so far, thereby significantly reducing seek latency. However, this also significantly reduces the available capacity to between 10 and 20 percent of the total disk space.
• Storage solutions being proprietary, complex, and expensive
• Inefficient use of storage, energy, and physical space
• Increased complexity in solutions, such as server sprawl, storage silos, and licensing fees; highly trained personnel needed; manual movement of data continuously to adjust application performance; manual intervention for performance optimization; and increasing difficulty in troubleshooting and fixing storage performance issues
IT organizations are looking at every option to make storage more efficient and less costly. In fact, storage has become the primary IT cost growth driver. Particularly during challenging economic times, businesses cannot afford to ignore the upfront or long-term costs of storage. Unfortunately, most of today’s storage solutions remain proprietary, complex, and expensive.
Organizations can no longer tolerate the high costs (and vendor lock-in) of proprietary storage or massive licensing fees, and are looking for new ways to address their growing storage requirements. Finally, increased complexity in the data center is also increasing costs significantly faster than data center budgets are growing. Common issues such as server sprawl and the existence of storage silos (or “islands of storage”) add to this complexity and cost.
Doing More with Less
• Changing economy requires performing functions with less.
• Need for data storage capacity continues to grow rapidly; many budgets are not keeping pace.
• Support of diverse array of applications, complex technologies, and managing more storage with fewer people
Today’s worldwide economic crisis is forcing organizations to do more with less. Not only are today’s applications processing greater volumes of data, but much of the data must also be maintained over time and securely shared throughout a global community of users. While the need for data storage capacity continues to grow rapidly, many IT budgets are flat or declining.
Key Oracle Storage Technology Innovations
Oracle’s innovative unified storage solution with key technologies:
• Hybrid storage pools
• Real-time analytics
• Robust management software
• Seamless data migration support
Hybrid storage pool technology enables the seamless pooling of memory, enterprise Flash drives, and hard disk drives with Oracle Solaris ZFS. By automatically allocating space from pooled storage, depending on data access patterns, Oracle Solaris ZFS simplifies storage management, lowers cost, and optimizes performance. Oracle’s DTrace Analytics software provides the industry’s only comprehensive and intuitive business analytics environment for storage subsystems, with powerful real-time graphical analysis and monitoring utilities to help storage administrators.
Unified Storage Components
• Oracle couples standard components and open networks together with:
– Oracle Solaris ZFS
– Enterprise Flash
– DTrace Analytics
• Basic components
– High-performance storage controller based on existing server technology
– Sun Disk Shelves for expansion
– Oracle Solaris
– Browser User Interface (BUI)
— Integrated data services
– Storage management Software
What Are the Benefits of Oracle Unified Storage?
• Optimum performance
• Simplified management
• Reduced costs
Oracle’s Unified Storage can help organizations meet their growing performance needs while delivering dramatic savings over traditional storage solutions. Hybrid storage pools intelligently and automatically store and migrate data between DRAM, Flash, and disk, thereby continuously optimizing performance and efficiency, while transparently managing the
entire platform as multiple storage pools. Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance provides IT organizations with a flexible platform that can address various types of storage workloads while reducing management complexity and providing numerous benefits.
Deploying Oracle Unified Storage Easy to deploy
• Data migration
Deploying a unified storage solution can seem overwhelming at first, particularly for an organization that is replacing disparate legacy storage systems and migrating terabytes (or more) of business-critical data. Installing and configuring a unified storage solution is a relatively simple step in the deployment process; for example, Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliances are shipped with software preinstalled from the factory. Each system is configured for easy, out-of-the-box
setup in only four minutes. An installation wizard takes the guesswork out of tuning the system, and even cluster scenarios are easy to configure and deploy.
Moving production data from legacy systems to a new unified storage platform (or any new storage platform, for that matter) is easily the most time-consuming and risky phase in the deployment process. Extremely simple-to-use graphical tools and detailed analytics software are provided, enabling intelligent analysis and optimization of the storage system. The software provides real-time visibility into the CPU, memory, data, data protocol, disk, and network performance. Sun ZFS Storage Appliance is covered under a single service contract.
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