Tuesday Jan 31, 2012

New Power Calculator is up

The Oracle Power Calculator for the new 3TB, 600GB, and 300GB drive versions of the ZFSSA is now up and running.

http://www.oracle.com/us/products/servers-storage/sun-power-calculators/calc/s7420-power-calculator-180618.html

From this page, you can click on the "Power Calculators" link on top to go back out to the main screen where you will find power calculators for all of Oracle hardware. 

Friday Jan 20, 2012

New Storage Magazine awards for NAS... Check this out...

Well, it's hard to be quiet about this. Storage Magazine just came out with the January 2012 issue, showing Oracle Storage doing quite well (#1) with the Oracle ZFSSA 7420 and 7320 family. Check out pages 37-43 of this month's Storage Magazine.

Storage Magazine: http://docs.media.bitpipe.com/io_10x/io_103104/item_494970/StoragemagOnlineJan2012final2.pdf (pages 37-43)

award

Thursday Jan 12, 2012

New ZFSSA simulator download

I've just been informed that the simulator download has been updated to the latest version of 2011.1.1.

So instead of trying to upgrade your older simulator, it is possible to download and install the new one at the latest code. Mine upgraded just fine, but some people report errors during upgrading, which occurs when using a computer or laptop without enough memory or a variety of other problems. You can get the simulator here:

http://www.oracle.com/webapps/dialogue/ns/dlgwelcome.jsp?p_ext=Y&p_dlg_id=10521841&src=7299332&Act=45

Tuesday Jan 10, 2012

Even more ZFSSA announcements

The new announcements for the ZFSSA just keep on coming.

Oracle has released today the 3TB drives for the 7420 and 7320 disk trays. So you now can choose 2TB and 3TB 7,200 RPM drives and 300GB and 600GB 15,000 RPM drives in your 7420 and 7320 systems.

Now, the 2TB drive have a last order date of May 31, 2012, so after that it will be 3TB only for the slower-speed drives.

Also, has anyone checked out the new local replication feature that just came out in the 2011.1.1 software release? I'm going to play with it this week and I'll do a write up on it soon.

Steve 

Thursday Jan 05, 2012

New ZFSSA firmware release is available in MOS

 

In case you have not been paying attention, the new 2011.1.1.0 software release for the ZFSSA is out and available for download inside the My Oracle Support website.

To find it, go to the "Patches & Updates" tab, and then do the advanced family search. Type in "ZFSSA" and it will take you right to it (choose 2011.1 in the next submenu).

You need to have your systems on 2010.3.2.1 or greater in order to upgrade to 2011.1.1, so be prepared.

It also includes a new OEM grid control plug-in for the ZFSSA.

Here are some details about it from the readme file: 

Sun ZFS Storage Software 2011.1.1.0 (ak-2011.04.24.1.0)This major software update for Sun ZFS Storage Appliances contains numerous bug fixes and important firmware upgrades. Please carefully review all release notes below prior to updating.
Seven separate patches are provided for the 2011.1.1.0 release:

Features

This release includes a variety of new features, including:

  • Improved RMAN support for Oracle Exadata
  • Improved ACL interoperability with SMB
  • Replication enhancements - including self-replication
  • InfiniBand enhancements - including better connectivity to Oracle Exalogic
  • Datalink configuration enhancements - including custom jumbogram MTUs
  • Improved fault diagnosis - including support for a variety of additional alerts
  • Per-share rstchown support

Performance

This release also includes major performance improvements, including:

  • Significant cluster rejoin performance improvements
  • Significant AD Domain Controller failover time improvements
  • Support for level-2 SMB Oplocks
  • Significant zpool import speed improvements
  • Significant NFS, iSER, iSCSI and Fibre Channel performance improvements due to elimination of data copying in critical datapaths
  • ZFS RAIDZ read performance improvements
  • Significant fairness improvements during ZFS resilver operations
  • Significant Ethernet VLAN performance improvements

Bug Fixes

This release includes numerous bug fixes, including:

  • Significant clustering stability fixes
  • ZFS aclmode support restored and enhanced
  • Assorted user interface and online help fixes
  • Significant ZFS, NFS, SMB and FMA stability fixes
  • Significant InfiniBand, iSER, iSCSI and Fibre Channel stability fixes
  • Important firmware updates

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This blog is a way for Steve to send out his tips, ideas, links, and general sarcasm. Almost all related to the Oracle 7000, code named ZFSSA, or Amber Road, or Open Storage, or Unified Storage. You are welcome to contact Steve.Tunstall@Oracle.com with any comments or questions

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