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.

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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 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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Wednesday Dec 11, 2013

News to Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance ZS3

Announcing ZFS Storage ZS3 OS8 Minor 1, 16Gb FC ATO support, LOD extension for 15K rpm drives and 512 GB Read Flash

OVERVIEW
Oracle Storage is pleased to announce the following changes to the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance family:

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Tuesday Sep 10, 2013

Announcing: ZS3 - Oracle's Next Generation Application Engineered Storage

On 10th of September, Oracle announced its latest ZFS Storage Appliances, the ZS3 Series, that enables customers to accelerate time to insight, while extensive Oracle co-engineering improves operational efficiencies and reduces data center costs through dynamic automation through the Oracle stack. As IT skills converge, the ZS3 provides enterprises with the ability to respond to application needs dynamically while reducing time-to-business benefits.

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