From the Editor

Unified We Store

Start with a unified storage plan— and don’t forget the tape.

By Tom Haunert

March/April 2011

I read yet another magazine article on digital information storage recently. The article offered storage tips for preserving and future-proofing information and talked about some common information storage issues, including the dependability of hard disks and portable digital media storage, software, and the time-tested reliability of tape.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this particular storage article was that it was not in a computer or technology magazine. The article was “File Not Found: The Record Industry’s Digital Storage Crisis,” and it appeared in the December 23, 2010–January 11, 2011 issue of Rolling Stone.

Of course digital music is digital information, and music creators and consumers deal with a variety of different file formats, interim file versions, software requirements, and organizational challenges. And although few businesses are responsible for keeping the history of recorded music available in the future, most businesses do face incredible digital information storage challenges, and dealing with the storage requirements for information growth is a critical task. But a modern enterprise storage strategy is about more than keeping up with data growth; a modern storage strategy includes a combination of technologies that accommodate growth but also address cost and the performance bottlenecks that storage can create.

Unified Storage Theory

Oracle Unified Storage integrates a mix of storage hardware and software together in a single solution. The storage hardware mix includes memory, low-cost hard disk drives, and high-performance enterprise flash technology, and Oracle Solaris ZFS enables the seamless pooling of this hardware in hybrid storage pools. Part of Oracle Solaris ZFS, DTrace Analytics delivers real-time analysis and monitoring functionality to Oracle Unified Storage, helping administrators quickly identify the source of performance bottlenecks.

The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance series components include a high-performance storage controller; storage in different configurations of memory, hard disk, and flash; Oracle Solaris ZFS and DTrace Analytics; and management software. The appliance series also supports hybrid storage pools and a complete set of data services for virtualization, database consolidation, file sharing, replication, and business continuity/disaster recovery.

In addition, deduplication technology reduces the amount of disk space used. The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance supports built-in, inline data deduplication.

Get It on Tape

The information explosion also needs a storage backup and archive solution, and there’s some good news on that front.

On January 31, 2011, Oracle announced the StorageTek T10000C tape drive, the industry’s fastest and highest-capacity tape drive with a 5 TB native capacity and 240 MB/second native throughput. The massive capacity also means that fewer tape drives, libraries, and media are needed for backup and archiving, making the StorageTek T10000C tape drive solution ecoefficient and giving it the lowest cost of ownership. And, of course, the StorageTek T10000C tape drive offers the time-tested reliability of tape.

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