Oracle has announced a series of changes to the ZFS Storage
Appliance 7000 family.
Please see below a summary of the most
1. A general price reduction
All major parts have been reduced, controllers, disk shelves,
1b. List price has been reduced with up to
1c. New discount categories, all parts have been set to
1d. See point 2e for important information.
New licensing rules
2a. Due to the price reduction, two
features will be licensed separately.
2b. Clones will be a
separate license, per controller/node.
Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Cloning)
Replication will be a separate license, per controller/node.
(7102337 Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Replication)
Snapshots are still included in the base hardware.
2e. Even with
the licensed software included, the price has been reduced.
Availability of 300/600GB 15k rpm disks
3a. With 15k rpm disks
performance increases significantly.
3b. Continue to use SSD/Flash
and 2TB 7k2 disks for most cases.
3c. Use 15k rpm disks for IO
intensive databases, large email
and large virtualized environments.
3d. We will shortly release a
world record benchmark result in SPC-1.
4. EOL of
current 1TB 7k2 disks
4a. We have announced EOL of the 1TB 7k2
4b This affects the 1TB version of 7120 and any 7x20 config
4c. Disks will be available until LOD of November 30
4d. Use the 2TB 7k2 rpm disks which has been reduced
When do I need the software options?
Replication is only needed when
you want to replicate between two systems
Cloning is necessary when you want to have writeable access
to a snapshot (clone = writeable snapshot)
Snapshots (data copies) are accessible in read-only mode,
they are still included in the base-price.
Are there license-keys?
What is with an existing customer?
More information regarding the ZFS Appliance can be found