Side by Side Comparison 7320 vs ZS3-2

So now that you have either attended the launch or watched the replay, you probably have some questions about how the new box fits into the portfolio and how it compares to its predecessor the 7320.  In the chart below, I will compare them on a contents per controller basis side by side for you.

 ZFS Appliance Model Name 7320 ZS3-2
 Cluster capable (recommended)  Yes  Yes
 Rack Units  1U  2U
 CPU's  2x4 core per controller 2x8 core per controller
 Memory 144G 256G
 IO slots 3 but really 1 is available for IO options 6 and 4 are available for IO options
 Onboard Ports 4x10/100/1000 (RJ45) 4x1G/10GbE (RJ45)
 Read Cache
2TB (4x512G SSD) 6.4TB (4x1.6T SSD)
 Write Cache 24x73G SSD 32x73G SSD
 Expansion Tray Count 6 8
 Drive Types 300G/600G 15k, 3TB 7.2k 300G/900G 10k, 3TB or 4TB 7.2k *

* The drive industry is moving to the 4TB drive so the 3TB will EOL this fall as supplies will diminish quickly.

So from what you see above, the hardware has changed a lot and what you can now do with the box has dramatically changed ... but the biggest improvement is all the software enhancements in OS8. The public benchmarks speak for themselves, industry leading results, almost double the IOPS and almost half of the latency (compared to the previous generations used for the benchmark tests). Oracle has gone above and beyond with this new code base (OS8) and the future is bright for all storage consumers when it comes to cost effective high performance storage. We all get asked to do more with less and this is the solution to that problem.

Stay tuned for more comments as Oracle OpenWorld starts on Sunday September 22nd and the ground breaking combination of Oracle Software and Oracle Hardware will be on full display. 

Comments:

Forgot another important difference... assuming I'm reading the Specs correctly, the 7320's built-in Ethernet is 1Gb (with 4 ports), the built-in Ethernet on the ZS3-2 is 10Gb (with 4 ports).

That's a lot of built-in I/O!

Posted by guest on September 23, 2013 at 07:59 AM PDT #

Yes, good point, thanks for your input. I will update the chart later today. I do plan to talk more about uses for those ports in a future blog too. VNIC's are another big thing but that's a software feature.

Posted by mtriska on September 23, 2013 at 09:15 AM PDT #

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