Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

Feature Overview of ODA Appliance Manager Releases (2.2 - 2.8)

We recently announced Appliance Manager release 2.8 to support new server hardware (X4-2) and some minor enhancements. As promised we added new features with every new release of the Appliance Manager. The following table give a quick overview of the main enhancements which every release brings to the table.

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Saturday May 04, 2013

Oracle Database Appliance Manager 2.6 now available!

Appliance Manager 2.6 is available (since May 3rd 2013) in MOS and the updated documentation is externalized.  The release can be run on both ODA V1 and ODA X3-2.  The new functionality added is:

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Thursday Jan 17, 2013

Annoncement: ZFS Storage Appliance

ZFS Storage Appliance: new Drive Enclosures and Additional Disk Options for Sun ZFS Storage Appliance [Read More]

Friday Oct 26, 2012

Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliances and Oracle VM

Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Is the Optimal Platform for Deploying Consolidated Applications in an Oracle Virtual Machine (OVM) Environment.

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Tuesday Sep 11, 2012

Announcement: Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

Announcing the addition of the Sun ZFS Storage Appliances to the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Hardware Compatibility List. 

  • Sun ZFS Storage Appliances achieve Cisco's UCS certification and are now part of Cisco's UCS Hardware Compatibility List.
  • Qualifying with UCS allows new and existing UCS customers to take advantage of the tremendous price/performance, efficiencies, and ease-of-use of the Sun ZFS Storage Appliances, the only NAS Unified Storage products engineered to optimally run Oracle software.
  • The Cisco UCS certification is one of several initiatives expected to broaden sales opportunities for the Sun ZFS Storage Appliances.

Please read the ZFS Storage Appliance Product Bulletin on the HW Technical Resource Center (registration required) for more details on this announcement.

For More Product Information Go To

External: ZFS Storage Appliance Oracle.com page

External: ZFS Storage Appliance Oracle Technical Network.com page

External: Software download support.oracle.com page

Monday Jun 18, 2012

Why Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance for Oracle Databases?

In the just published white paper "Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and the Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance" the authors give you both business and technical evidence of the Oracle ZSF Storage Appliance as primary storage for Oracle Database 11gR2.

How to get to the white paper:

URL: http://launch.oracle.com/
Email Address: <provide your email address>
Access URL/Page Token: eSTEP_2011

To get access push Agree button on the left side of the page.

Click on
eSTEP Download (tab band on the top)
Click on Systems - Hardware (menu on left hand side)

You will find the entry (right hand side) called:
Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and the Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

Monday May 07, 2012

ODA: Deploying Oracle Data Guard with Oracle Database Appliance

Please see the just published "Deploying Oracle Data Guard with Oracle Database Appliance" technical white paper. 

This new white paper describes:

  • Why do I need a standby database environment?
  • Why Oracle Data Guard?

It shows also "Best Practices for Setup".

Tuesday Jan 31, 2012

Sun ZFS Storage Appliances Rank #1 in Quality

Today, Oracle's Storage Group is pleased to announce the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance is a record breaking winner of the Storage Magazine Quality Awards for network-attached storage (NAS) 

"Oracle storage users are apparently the most satisfied among the legions of NAS users":    

  • Oracle's commitment to quality sweeps 12 of 14 categories, setting several records for the highest scores in the history of the award survey.   Oracles highest scores were achieved for it's sales efforts, product feature sets, and relatively quick and painless deployments. 
  • Oracle beat out EMC, Dell, NetApp, HP, and achieved the highest score in six years for the overall Enterprise ratings; NetApp fell to #4.  Oracle also beat out those competitors in the overall Midrange quality ratings.
  • Achieving the Storage Magazine Quality Award further bolsters Oracle's competitive position with the Sun ZFS Storage Appliances; with a proven track-record of being #1 in performance, #1 in efficiency, and engineered to run Oracle software faster and most efficiently.   
More Storage Magazine Quality Award  Information
  • Share the Storage Magazine Quality Award (pages 37-43) survey results with your Prospects and Customers. 
  • Read the Oracle issued Press Release regarding the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Beats NetApp and EMC in Storage Magazine Quality Award for NAS.
  • Utilize the Quality Award Logo - Attached is the Quality Award Logo .jpeg to incorporate into your customer facing materials. 

For More Product Information Go To

External: Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Oracle.com page

External: Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Oracle Technical Network.com page

External: Sun Software download support.oracle.com page

Wednesday Dec 07, 2011

ODA: How important is the patch module of the Appliance Manager regarding patching

Currently the only supported way to patch components in the Oracle Database Appliance is to use the Appliance Manager patching module. The patching module will also patch the RDBMS and GI software.

There are plans for the future to integrate the Appliance Manager with Oracle EM, no time frame available yet.

Wednesday Sep 28, 2011

Summary: Changes to the ZFS Storage Appliance 7000 family

Oracle has announced a series of changes to the ZFS Storage Appliance 7000 family.
Please see below a summary of the most important changes.

1. A general price reduction
1a. All major parts have been reduced, controllers, disk shelves, components.
1b. List price has been reduced with up to 60%.
1c. New discount categories, all parts have been set to category V.
1d. See point 2e for important information.

2. 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.
(7102338    Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Cloning)
2c. Replication will be a separate license, per controller/node.
      (7102337    Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Replication)
2d. Snapshots are still included in the base hardware.
2e. Even with the licensed software included, the price has been reduced.

3. 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 disks.
4b This affects the 1TB version of 7120 and any 7x20 config with 1TB.
4c. Disks will be available until LOD of November 30 2011.
4d. Use the 2TB 7k2 rpm disks which has been reduced in price.


When do I need the software options?

  • Replication is only needed when you want to replicate between two systems

    • Example: Need to mirror from one 7000 system to another 7000 system. Receiver and sender need a license.

  • Cloning is necessary when you want to have writeable access to a snapshot (clone = writeable snapshot)

    • Example: Need to create writeable data for development- and test-environment

  • Snapshots (data copies) are accessible in read-only mode, they are still included in the base-price.

    • Example: Snapshots will “only” be created and used for backup purposes.

Are there license-keys?

  • No. If the customer doesn't buy the option, usage is not allowed.

What is with an existing customer?

  • No changes for already bought (according the former price-model) 7000 systems.

More information regarding the ZFS Appliance can be found


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