InfoWorld: Sun's ZFS has more tricks up its sleeve
By chhandomay on Nov 14, 2008
Logan Harbaugh posted a review
under "Storage Adviser" column, discussing the various features of ZFS
present in the recently announced Sun
Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems.
Logan said the "most alluring features are the file system and the analytics made available through SNIA-standard RPC calls, using the DTrace fault tracing system included in OpenSolaris."
|Of the specific features, Logan
called out the Hybrid
Storage Pools, "which integrate
DRAM, read-optimized SSDs, write-optimized SSDs, and regular disk into
a seamless whole." The use of DTrace in the system "make all sorts of performance data
available," which Logan said will also allow for very granular
optimization. Logan then listed several features such as the clustering
capabilities of ZFS, data services, support for a variety of protocols,
storage system as providing the system "a lot of potential."
Overall, Logan commented, "the Sun hardware should provide good capabilities at a good price. But the best part is that the software magic is also available through the open source OpenSolaris and ZFS, as long as the hardware you choose has all the parts necessary to fully utilize the ZFS capabilities."