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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Thursday Feb 26, 2015

Oracle FS1-2 Performance Sizing Calculator

An updated FS1-2 Performance Sizing Calculator is now available on the FS1 Flash Storage System page at the OPN HW Resource Center (available only to OPN Partners, registration is required).

A very tiny snapshot of the FS1-2 Performance Sizing Calculator

The related training is essential, as it covers the required information/inputs, using the calculator, and understanding how to optimize the configuration based on the customer's need for performance, capacity, and/or costs.

PS: this is a re-post from our sister US STEP blog to make sure we are reaching all our partners with this new version launch.

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Wednesday Feb 25, 2015

Invitation: Oracle EMEA Exadata, Manageability, Servers & Storage Partner Community Forum, 14th-16th April, 2015, Budapest, Hungary

Dear Partner,

In 2015 the Oracle EMEA Exadata, Manageability and the Servers and Storage Partner Communities will celebrate a single joint Community Forum. We are delighted to invite you to this event which will take place in Budapest, Hungary on April 14-16, 2015.

As in previous editions, the most important part of this Community Forum is sharing experiences, best-practices and customer cases. Presentations by partners and networking among participants are the enablers for building a valuable learning experience for you.

During the event, Oracle executives driving the different product areas will share their insight on new products and market trends, and will be available for one-on-one meetings to discuss go-to-market plans and sales opportunities.

Register for the Oracle Exadata, Manageability and Servers & Storage Partner Community Forum Now!

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this Community Forum. Check the agenda and reserve your place by registering before 15th March, 2014. (There is no registration fee for Oracle partners).

We look forward to welcoming you in Budapest.

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Wednesday Feb 12, 2014

Run Oracle Database like a Ferrari, but save like a Prius with Oracle Storage

Ever thought about Database Speed and Efficiency and what role the storage component of your infrastructure play in this game?

Interesting enough to watch the recently held webcast  highlighting the business benefits of ZS3 with Oracle Database together with an industry overview and competitive comparison of ZS3 vs. NetApp FAS6000 systems by Wikibon Chief Research Officer Dave Vellante

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Monday Jan 13, 2014

Latest Version: ZFS RAID Calculator v7.1

Updated version now available. ZFS RAID Calculator v7.1 on eSTEP portal.

This new version fixes some bugs caused by Excel/Open Office number formatting compatibility.

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Friday Dec 06, 2013

Announcing Sun Storage 2500-M2 End of Life

Announcing End of Life for Oracle's Sun Storage 2500-M2 Arrays!

We are announcing the end of life for the Sun Storage 2500-M2 family now to allow time for customers to plan and execute final purchases before the end of Oracle’s fiscal year.  It is highly recommended that all sales teams and partners communicate with Sun Storage 2500-M2 customers immediately so that orders can be placed, as needed, prior to last order date.

Details in this Release:

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Friday Nov 08, 2013

New Version: ZFS RAID Calculator v7

New version available now. ZFS RAID Calculator v7 on eSTEP portal.

The Tool calculates key capacity parameter like  number of Vdev's, number of spares, number of data drives, raw RAID capacity(TB), usable capacity (TiB) and (TB) according the different possible  RAID types for a given ZS3 configuration.

Updates included in v7:

  • added an open office version compatible with MacOS
  • included the obsolete drives as options for upgrade calculations
  • simplified the color scheme and tweaked the formulas for better compatibility

The spreadsheet can be downloaded from eSTEP portal.


The material can be found under tab eSTEP Download.

Located under: Recent Updates and Sales - Operations

Thursday Oct 10, 2013

Announcing New Sun Storage 2500-M2 Drives

Announcing Drive Transitions for Sun Storage 2500-M2 Arrays!

On October 8th, Oracle announced the availability of a new 600GB 10k 2.5” SAS2 hard drive for Oracle’s Sun Storage 2500-M2 arrays.

Details in this Release:

  • Oracle is releasing a new 600GB 10k 2.5” SAS-2 hard drive, that will be in a new carrier that: 

  • Is compatible for use in current 2540M2 and 2530M2 arrays, as well as 2501M2 enclosures
  • Can be added to existing arrays either within the same system or within the same enclosure along side 3.5” drives
  • Is NEBS-compliant
  • Is only supported in 2540M2, 2530M2 and 2501M2 trays and can not be deployed in earlier generation 2540M1, 2530M1, 2510M1 arrays or 2501M1 enclosures or any 6000 arrays
  •  Oracle is also announcing end of life for 300GB/600GB 15k 3.5” SAS-2 hard drives

Please read the Sales Bulletin
on Oracle HW TRC for more details.

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

For More Information Go To: 2500-M2 Page

Oracle Technology Network SAN Page

ZFS RAID Calculator v6

Announcing the availability of ZFS RAID Calculator v6 on eSTEP portal.

The Tool calculates key capacity parameter like  number of Vdev's, number of spares, number of data drives, raw RAID capacity(TB), usable capacity (TiB) and (TB) according the different possible  RAID types for a given ZS3 configuration.

Calculator input:

Calculator output:

The spreadsheet can be downloaded from eSTEP portal.


The material can be found under tab eSTEP Download.

Friday Sep 13, 2013

Announcing: Oracle's StorageTek T10000D and StorageTek LTFS-LE

On 12th of September, Oracle announced Oracle's StorageTek T10000D tape drive and Oracle's StorageTek Linear Tape File System, Library Edition software !

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