Wednesday Jul 08, 2015

Hardware summer news from Oracle

Dear partner

With all the new hardware products and tools that Oracle has recently announced I have spent a few good hours today and made a summary of partner specific resources.

Let’s take them one by one:

1. The Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance got a software update and new 8TB drives that will replace the now EOL 4TB ones.

2. The partner ZFS Raid calculator tool got an update and now it has the new 8 TB drives added and also a few more competitors in the ZFS vs competition technical comparison. You can download it from Oracle HW TRC.

3. We have launched the new Oracle X5-8 server, and is an amazing piece of technology. You would expect this to be a standard X86 server - well the new server support Oracle Database In-Memory Option and our Oracle Multitenant architecture making it the perfect machines for small databases consolidation.

4. Last but certainly not least please enjoy the new Oracle Private Cloud Appliance resource page dedicated to partners.

PS: if you cannot access the links than you will need to complete this one-time registration


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Wednesday Jun 10, 2015

Oracle Server X5-4

Oracle announced the new Oracle Server X5-4, based on the new Intel® Xeon® E7-8895 v3 processor. It is already available in OPS for quoting and ordering and is the direct replacement of our X4-4 server who is going EOL.

You can read the full announcement and see the new server specification on our OPN Hardware Resource Center (available only to OPN Partners, one-time registration is required).

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Friday Mar 06, 2015

ZS4-4 and the cloud

One of the biggest challenges that traditional hardware vendors face is shifting their mindset to new market expectations and preparing for today’s customer needs. Everyone in the industry is investing massively in cloud, in a desperate attempt to contradict one of Geoffrey Moore theory that states that old industry companies will not be able to adapt to today’s needs without a total reinvention of itself. I am a strong believer that Oracle is one of those companies that are always adapting to the new demands with as little disruption as possible.

When I started my apprenticeship in the IT business storage customers asked their suppliers for predictability more than anything else. They wanted to make sure that the solution they will buy can guarantee them to accommodate company growth for the next decade without the need to change the technology.

In today’s market the customer needs flexibility above everything else. The best example is the growing demand for storage cloud, demand that in 2015 is still not meet. You can contradict me by showing all the storage cloud offers that all the big hardware players are offering.

Putting traditional storage hardware behind a datacenter and selling it as a cloud solution will not give our customers the flexibility they need. Flexibility, for the customer, means being able to put the right storage behind the database layer, storage which will be different than the one behind their mobile application layer and yes, it will be from a different supplier sometimes.

Oracle did something wonderful with the latest ZS4-4 product launch last year in fall – it has engineered it around the storage needs of our cloud software. Furthermore we made it open stack friendly so our customers can buy our storage solutions in order to better optimize their Oracle applications and still have the freedom to scale on any other storage product, from either Oracle or another vendor.

Do not take my word for it, please take a few minutes to watch these introductory videos in how Oracle engineered our storage around our software.

· John Fowler ZS4 Launch Video

· Five Minutes to Insight: The Brilliance of In-Memory Storage

· 5-minute insight - Database-level Storage Analytics for Oracle Database 12c

· 5-minute insight - Thin Cloning for Oracle Database 12c

· 5-minute insight - Data Encryption and the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance

· 5-minute insight -ZFS Storage - Ideal for OpenStack

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Tuesday Feb 24, 2015

ZFS capacity calculator - version 8 highlights

Version 8 of our ZFS capacity calculator is fresh out of development and ready for download.

NEW add-ons & features:
  • NEW ZS4-4 added
  • Fixed to support NSPF with raidz1
  • NEW NAS Competitors added
  • Solved some minor bugs

Your feedback is highly appreciated!
Feel free to post in the comments section below.

You can download it from Oracle HW TRC (available only to OPN Partners, one-time registration is required).

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Thursday Oct 02, 2014

ZFS capacity calculator

As a presales, one of the most challenging and yet interesting activity was to size customers storage requirements.

I saw the first smart array card when I was in my first year of college and at that time I only knew that RAID 0 can greatly speed up the performance of an operating system by writing the bits on 2 disk drive simultaneously. Only when I started my first job as a configuration expert I learned that actually this is an industry standard that was around since1988.

When I started my presales job with Oracle I had to face for the first time the software RAID-Z that our storage was using. I realized then how important it is to calculate the usable capacity the customer will have based on the various RAID-Z levels, especially when there was no tool that allowed us to achieve this in an easy way.

Luckily some of the creative mind within my team (Marius Ghergut and Adrian Topa) found a solution to cover the tool gap by developing an excel based simple solution that allows us to calculate the ZFS Storage Appliance storage space based on different configuration options.

They called it ZFS raid calculator and you can download it from Oracle HW TRC.

(If you are not registered on Oracle HW TRC, click here ... and follow the instructions.)

Looking towards the datacenter move to cloud strategy, the software RAID is the technology of the future, as the storage cloud provider will have a big enough array to move the parity from the conventional bit parity to the new data/block parity.


As this is my first blog post I will also take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Adrian Pruna and I lead one of presales team in Oracle. Apart from various tools and new technology announcement I will also share with you my personal learning journey from an on premise expert to an infrastructure cloud expert.

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Wednesday Aug 07, 2013

Oracle VM Named a “Challenger” in Gartner 2013 Magic Quadrant

Oracle is excited to announce continued upward as a second year “Challenger” in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure report. Oracle believes that its application driven virtualization strategy, along with product optimizations, easy software access, and low cost have resulted in strong customer momentum gains.

Read the full report "Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure" for Gartner's take.

Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

Announcement: Oracle Linux 6.4 available

On February 28th the fourth update release of Oracle Linux 6 was announced.

With Oracle Linux 6.4 two kernels are supported:

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Friday Mar 01, 2013

New WP: Implementing Root Domains with Oracle VM Server for SPARC

There is a new white paper available on Oracle VM on SPARC that might be of interest for you.[Read More]

Monday Jan 28, 2013

Announcement: Oracle VM 3.2

Oracle recently announced (22.01.2013) a major update to its server virtualization solution, delivering unified management and enhanced automation capabilities for x86 Servers and Oracle SPARC Servers.

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Tuesday Sep 18, 2012

New WP: Sun Storage 2540-M2 Array and Oracle VM 3.1

There is a new White Paper available that describes how to implement an Oracle Solution for Virtual Servers with Oracle VM for Small and Medium Business Organizations, leveraging the new Oracle Sun Storage Array 2540-M2.

Virtualizing with Oracle VM Server for x86 and taking advantage of unique Oracle tools, businesses can reduce their total cost of ownership in the datacenter more than 25%, increase IT flexibility, and achieve greater business agility.

In the appendix a Reference Architecure for JD Edwards with Oracle VM will be shown.

How to get to the white paper:

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:
Sun Storage 2540-M2 Array and Oracle VM 3.1


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