Oracle Press Release

New Oracle ZFS Storage Sets World Record with Fastest Response Times on SPECsfs2008 NFS Benchmark; 40 Percent Faster than NetApp

Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 and ZS3-2 Storage Systems Deliver 2x Better Throughput and 3.5x Better Value than Comparable Dual-Node High-End and Mid-Range NetApp Systems

Redwood Shores, Calif. – September 10, 2013

News Summary

Oracle’s new ZS3 storage delivers world-record SPECsfs2008_NFS overall response times, plus the combination of extreme throughput, and exceptional value to enable customers to run database systems faster and at lower cost than comparable NAS systems from NetApp.

News Facts

The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 storage system sets a new world record for dual-node NAS system throughput with 450,702 SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec(1), delivering 2.3x the performance of the best dual-node NetApp NAS system, the FAS6240 storage system, which offers 190,675 SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec(2), and supporting more transactions per storage system to increase operational value.
The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 storage system sets a new world record with a SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ORT (overall response time) of 0.70 milliseconds(1), beating by 40 percent NetApp’s best reported ORT, achieved on the 2-node FAS 6240 which has a SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ORT of 1.17 milliseconds(2), and shortening critical I/O wait times to help improve database responsiveness and business value.
The SPECsfs2008 NFSv3 benchmark measures the throughput and response time of NFS servers based on workloads that represent the activity of large-scale servers in real customer environments. SPECsfs2008 results summarize the storage server's capabilities with respect to the number of operations that can be handled per second, as well as the overall latency of the operations.
The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 storage system also enables customers to save money by delivering higher performance at 40 percent less cost than a two-node NetApp FAS 6240, resulting in 3.9x better value than the NetApp FAS6240(1)(2).
The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 storage system also allows NetApp customers using 4-node FAS 6240 clusters to reduce complexity by 50 percent, obtain 1.7x their current performance when compared to the NetApp performance of 260,388 SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec, and obtain 3.5x better value than the NetApp solution(3).
The mid-range Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 storage system delivers 210,535 SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec with a SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ORT of 1.12 milliseconds(4), resulting in 2x the performance and 36 percent lower latency than NetApp’s midrange FAS3250 which delivers 100,922 SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec with a SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ORT of 1.76 milliseconds(5).
The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 storage system delivers its higher performance at 70 percent less cost than the NetApp FAS3250, resulting in 7.7x better value than the NetApp FAS 3250(4)(5).
Oracle ZFS Storage systems are the only NAS systems co-engineered with Oracle Database to deliver unique application engineered storage advantages that extend customer benefits beyond pure performance with greater storage efficiency using Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC), automated information lifecycle management using the combination of Oracle Database 12c Automatic Data Optimization with HCC, and the reduction in manual database setup and tuning using the dynamic automation capabilities of Oracle Intelligent Storage Protocol.
Oracle ZS3 storage is also integrated with Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle Solaris, and Oracle Linux.

Supporting Quote

“Oracle ZFS Storage Systems offer breakthrough NAS performance and value for latency sensitive and high-throughput applications,” said Scott Tracy, vice president Storage, Oracle. “These SPECsfs2008 results further demonstrate how the aggressive use of Oracle’s DRAM and Flash-first storage within the advanced Hybrid Storage Pools architecture can deliver superior performance and customer value.”

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Footnotes

Results from http://www.spec.org as of 09/10/2013. Nodes refer to the item in the SPECsfs2008 disclosed Configuration Bill of Materials that have the Processing Elements that perform the NFS Processing Function. The number of nodes is from the QTY disclosed in the Configuration Bill of Materials as described below. Value calculated based on the ratio of the number of SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec to the Bill of Materials total list price for each product as noted below.
(1) Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 delivers 450,702 SPEC SFS2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec, .70 msec ORT. Configuration Bill of Materials total list price for the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 is $487,738 from oracle.com. Value of 0.92 (ops/sec)/$.
(2) NetApp FAS6240 delivers 190,675 SPEC SFS2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec, 1.17 msec ORT. Configuration Bill of Materials total list price is $808,512 from www.netapp.com/us/media/nalist-usd-netapp-custom-state-new-discounts.pdf. Value of 0.24 (ops/sec)/$.
(3) NetApp Data ONTAP 8.1 Cluster-Mode (4-node FAS6240) delivers 260,388 SPEC SFS2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec, 1.53 msec ORT. Configuration Bill of Materials total list price is $986,940 from www.netapp.com/us/media/nalist-usd-netapp-custom-state-new-discounts.pdf. Value of 0.26 (ops/sec)/$.
(4) Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 storage system delivers 210,535 SPEC SFS2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec, 1.12 msec ORT. Configuration Bill of Materials total list price for the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 is $286,306 from oracle.com. Value of 0.73 (ops/sec)/$.
(5) NetApp FAS3250 delivers 100,922 SPEC SFS2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec, 1.76 msec ORT. Configuration Bill of Materials total list price is $785,682 from www.netapp.com/us/media/nalist-usd-netapp-custom-state-new-discounts.pdf. Value of 0.13 (ops/sec)/$.

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