Oracle Launches ZS3 Storage – Next-Generation Application Engineered Storage In India

Thursday, November 28, 2013:  Oracle’s latest ZFS Storage Appliances, the ZS3 Series, enable customers to significantly improve operational efficiencies, reduce data center costs, and increase business application performance. Powered by an advanced cache architecture and multi-threaded SMP OS, the ZS3 Series has achieved the highest throughput, the lowest latency, and better price/performance when compared to similar NetApp, EMC, IBM, and HP systems.
News Facts:

Oracle’s new ZS3 Series storage enables customers to accelerate time to insight, mitigate risk and reduce data center costs through high performance, dynamic automation and extensive Oracle co-engineering.

With new world record performance, Oracle’s ZS3 Series storage enables customers to perform critical business functions faster, including optimizing supply chains, closing quarterly books, evaluating a greater number of investment scenarios, and accelerating database queries. It also enables enterprises to respond to application needs dynamically while helping to reduce time-to-business value.

New Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 achieves the highest ever Storage Performance Council SPC-2 Result for processing throughput and beats the price/performance ratio delivered by the IBM System Storage DS8870 and HP P9500 XP Disk Array by over 3x

Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3 Series offers a groundbreaking way to manage and expand your storage environment. With twice the performance and over 3x less cost of NetApp’s products, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3 Series provides higher efficiency and scalability, and simplified management at a lower TCO compared to NetApp’s offerings.

To simplify Oracle Database deployments, increase database performance and reduce storage requirements, the ZS3 Series takes advantage of Oracle-only storage features and capabilities:

The new Oracle Intelligent Storage Protocol (OISP) automates Oracle Database tuning and administration. Through OISP, Oracle Database 12c communicates metadata to the Oracle ZS3 storage which can automate tuning, reducing manual processes by 65 percent, while optimizing database performance and eliminating human error. As a result, customers can do more with the same headcount and deliver strategic projects faster.

New Heat Map and Automatic Data Optimization (ADO) capabilities of Oracle Database 12c apply different compression levels through the data lifecycle to deliver consistently high database performance and reduced storage capacity.

Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC) compresses Oracle Database data by 10-50x, significantly reducing the amount of storage and bandwidth required, leading to considerable savings through storage cost avoidance, including data center infrastructure, cooling, switches, conduit, cables, racks, floor space, and maintenance.

The ZS3’s SMP Operating System fully leverages a next generation architecture, massive cache and multi-core processors to provide users with over 32 GB/s of sustained bandwidth within a single system. This enables ZS3 to support thousands of VMs per system, easily handling extremely highly threaded I/O which saturates conventional NAS filers, leading to filer sprawl.

ZS3 is the only storage system with real-time, dynamic application-aware performance and health analytics, enabling customers to visualize CPU, cache, protocol, disk, memory, networking and system-related data—all at the same time. An independent study showed that DTrace Storage Analytics, a standard feature of Oracle ZFS storage appliances, enables customers to troubleshoot 44 percent faster with 38 percent less complexity than NetApp FAS3270, resulting in estimated savings in admin costs up to $27,000 per system per year.

The ZS3 Series features an enhanced Hybrid Storage Pools cache design delivering a 4x increase in space efficiency for better caching of critical data and write performance enhancements that deliver a consistent low-latency response time. The ZS3 Hybrid Storage Pools architecture has been flash optimized and multi-core enabled since 2008 and the latest iteration delivers a 2x improvement in overall response time over the prior generation.

With ZS3’s intelligent caching algorithms, up to 70 percent of all I/O is served from DRAM—up to 2TB per system—which is one thousand times faster than flash drives and 10,000 times faster than hard disk drives, accelerating queries and time to insight.

Oracle ZS3 storage is also integrated with Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle Solaris, and Oracle Linux.

Supporting Quotes:

“Oracle’s new ZS3 series offers world record storage performance plus the combination of extreme throughput, and exceptional value to enable customers to run database systems faster and at a lower cost.” said Amit Malhotra, Senior Director – Storage Sales, JAPAC and Asia Pacific at Oracle India. “Oracle is co-engineering storage with its entire software and hardware stack to bring applications, data, and storage closer together. Our goal is to help enterprises dramatically accelerate applications while using less physical storage capacity.”

“With application storage requirements growing at a tremendous rate in India, storage costs are skyrocketing. Today’s IT environments require storage solutions that can offer superior performance and greater efficiency while maintaining the operational costs,” said Venkatesh Krishnan, Vice President, Systems Business, Oracle India. “To meet storage needs of this highly diverse and demanding IT environment, Oracle has been working towards building a strong storage system for the past few years. With the launch of Oracle ZS3 series, we can now offer our customers the compelling performance benefits of application engineered storage at a relatively low cost.”

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