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ZS5: Ready for the Cloud When You Are

Linda Tsan
Director, Product Marketing

Joining us today is Steve Zivanic, Vice President, Storage and Cloud IaaS, Converged Infrastructure Group at Oracle, to introduce the new Cloud-Proven ZFS Storage Appliance ZS5 Series. 

In designing the next generation ZFS Storage Appliance, Oracle asked customers the following questions: “What if your storage appliance had a cloud-proven architecture and provided you with cloud insurance? And what if you could seamlessly store, backup and archive your data in a public cloud with common management and common support—owned and operated by the same company that provides your on-premises storage solution—saving you the burden of navigating between two different worlds?”

With that fundamental premise in mind, Oracle today introduced the fifth generation ZFS Storage Appliance, the ZS5 Series, which builds upon the hardened capabilities learned from over 400PB of ZFS Storage Appliances powering Oracle’s Public Cloud. While many IT suppliers affix “cloud” labels to their storage systems and claim that they are “optimized” for some cloud, the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance is indeed the data backbone of many Oracle Public Cloud services across IaaS, PaaS and SaaS—providing the appliance with the unique ability to sustain high-bandwidth, high-throughput, transaction-intensive public cloud workloads plus the scalability and availability to support the cloud at scale.

With the ZS5 Series, you can now obtain the benefits of cloud-scale architectures within your data center, and know that you have cloud insurance when you’re ready to take advantage of  the consumption economics of the public cloud. As an increasing number of IT executives are being asked to outline a cloud strategy—and are being measured on its efficacy—the days of simply buying a hardware asset that sits on your data center floor for 36-48 months and depreciates quickly is being viewed as a proverbial dead-end. In fact, these dead-end standalone storage systems are career-limiting devices. 

With the ZS5 Series, you can seamlessly leverage Oracle Public Cloud services for object storage, elastic block storage, archive storage, and backup storage, while having end-to-end visibility and diagnostics from your on-premises environments to the Oracle public cloud. You can take “cold” data from your ZFS Storage Appliance ZS5 Series that hasn’t been touched in 60-90 days—or longer—and move it to the Oracle Archive Cloud for 1/10th of a penny per gigabyte—that’s $12,000 per petabyte per year, the lowest cost in the world—alleviating the need to acquire additional storage trays on-premises for infrequently accessed data.

This is in stark contrast to putting the burden on you, to try and navigate between two worlds—hardware from one supplier in your on-premises data center and moving your data to another supplier’s public cloud, with the question of support falling right into your lap. While some storage suppliers will point to third-party public clouds as their ultimate strategy for where your data should live, they don’t point out that a one way ticket to the public cloud is not a sustainable business model. So when other vendors tell you that they support AWS or Azure, it’s money going out of their pockets, not a viable long-term strategy. 

With the ZS5 Series, you are obtaining the business and technology benefits of an appliance that is cloud-proven—with success in Oracle ‘s large, demanding public cloud and on-premises private clouds; cloud architected—with extremely high performance for consolidated, mixed workloads; cloud managed, with support for OpenStack Cinder, Manila, Swift, and API calls available to manage all functionality on ZFS Storage Appliance, as well as a unified view from on-premises to Oracle Public Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager; and cloud extensible, with seamless public cloud extensions and equivalents.

With the importance of cloud insurance now established, let’s explore the ZS5 Series news in more detail:

The new ZS5-2 and ZS5-4 provide you benefits from a performance boost for high-performance file-based workflows and backup & restore. A significant advantage for you is that you can use the system for high-speed data backup and restore and for development &testing of new applications. This means that instead of using NetApp filers for dev/test for Oracle Database and Dell-EMC Data Domain systems for backing up Oracle Database, you can consolidate your disparate architectures into one. The ZS5 Series enables snaps & clones and HCC-compressed data to be reused for dev/test, simplifying your IT infrastructure and reducing TCO.

And on the topic of backup and restore, what if you could restore data at 60TB/hour? Now you can, with the ZS5-4. If you like backing up your Data Domain dedupe appliances, just try restoring them. And no, EMC doesn’t publish restore rates.

The ZS5 Series provides an overall throughput performance increase of up to 40%, enabling you to accelerate time-to-market, restore data faster, make smarter business decisions, shorten time to actionable intelligence, and close books faster.

Speed is always critical to getting projects done faster, just take a look at Weta Digital, the visual effects pioneer behind Batman v Superman and Independence Day: Resurgence that relies on Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance:

“Having two times the speed in storage [vs. NetApp] enables us to really make things fly—it helps us get to market faster.” –Weta Digital 

As researchers at Wikibon point out,

“NetApp’s WAFL architecture is not well suited to high-write and high bandwidth workloads. Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance deliver superior solutions with significantly lower costs.”

And to better meet the demands of the Oracle Public Cloud, the new ZS5-4 is available with up to 307TB of flash cache (up from 6.4TB), which is more flash as cache than other systems have as memory, cache and flash pools combined. The smaller-scale ZS5-2 now arrives with up to 102TB of flash cache (up from 6.4TB), making the ZS5 Series family fully equipped for any large-scale on-premises, private cloud or public cloud mixed workload that requires high throughput, high-bandwidth file serving and data backup.

Combine all of this with the fact that for Oracle Database 12c, the ZS5 Series is auto-recognized, auto-tuned, data is auto-tiered and auto-compressed—and with the industry’s only pluggable-database-level visibility—that’s 4,096 PDBs per container database these days—and you have a next generation storage platform that brings the benefits of a cloud-proven architecture to you, complete with cloud insurance. While many vendors talk cloud storage, Oracle sells cloud-proven storage, ready for the cloud when you are. Now that’s cloud insurance.

If you will be attending this year's Oracle OpenWorld, be sure to attend our storage sessions to get up close and personal with our products, the team that built them, and the customers that love them.

As VP of Storage and Cloud IaaS, Converged Infrastructure Group at Oracle, Steve's team is responsible for worldwide marketing and sales enablement for Oracle’s expanding portfolio of cloud storage services, All-Flash arrays, NAS and SAN storage systems, backup and recovery, and archive storage solutions. He has led the “cloud-first” marketing strategy for Oracle’s Engineered Storage portfolio as well as highly successful launches of Oracle’s new generations of NAS storage systems as well as Oracle’s first All-Flash array. Steve has extensive experience in leading global marketing and sales enablement teams in the development and execution of high impact go-to-market strategies at enterprise storage and cloud storage companies, including Hitachi Data Systems, QLogic, Nirvanix and DataDirect Networks. He is widely credited with raising these company's profiles and transforming them into recognized industry and thought leaders in their highly competitive segments. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University.

Opinions expressed by the authors of these blogs are entirely their own and do not reflect the position of Oracle or any other corporation. Any advice or recommendations discussed on these sites (or sites they link to) are not validated by Oracle.



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