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Better Performance, Greater Efficiency, Tighter Integration: The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

Better Performance, Greater Efficiency, Tighter Integration: The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance delivers higher performance, greater efficiency, lower TCO, and deeper integration with Oracle Database and Oracle Applications than NetApp’s equivalent products.

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Five Reasons to Choose Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance over NetApp

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1. Performance – Get up to twice the performance for half the price of comparable NetApp solution

Sun ZFS Storage Appliances leverage the highly scalable Oracle Solaris operating system to take advantage of multiple processors and cores and 9x more memory bandwidth to deliver faster performance and innovative data services. With five times as many cores as the NetApp FAS3250 filer, the Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance can perform complex processing for compression, deduplication, real-time storage analytics, and other data services without slowing down I/O throughput. The result? Up to 2x better performance at ½ the price over NetApp as shown on industry standard benchmarks.

2. Storage Efficiency – Achieve a 3x to 5x reduction in storage footprint

Hybrid Columnar Compression, which is only available on Oracle storage, typically compresses historical Oracle Database data by 12x. NetApp filers don't support Hybrid Columnar Compression, so customers who are currently using them with Oracle Database for data warehouses or OLTP systems with partitions containing historical data can benefit from an immediate 3x to 5x reduction in their storage footprint by migrating to Sun ZFS Storage Appliances. NetApp filers don't support Hybrid Columnar Compression, so customers who are currently using them with partitions containing historical data can benefit from an immediate 3x to 5x reduction in their storage footprint by migrating to Sun ZFS Storage Appliances. And because most data services are included in Sun ZFS Storage Appliances, annual software maintenance fees are greatly reduced compared to NetApp.

3. Oracle Integration – Gain up to 3x better throughput in Oracle environments

In some of Oracle's IT environments, the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance has delivered three times the throughput of NetApp systems. In fact, Oracle is finding that five NetApp systems can be consolidated onto two or fewer Sun ZFS Storage Appliances. This type of consolidation helps Oracle IT manage three times the amount of storage with the same number of storage administrators it used in the legacy NetApp environment. Plus, with Infiniband connectivity and side-by-side development with Oracle Engineered Systems, Sun ZFS Storage Appliances are the highest performing and lowest cost choice for engineered system data protection.

4. Simplified Management – Spend 36 percent less time managing your storage

Sun ZFS Storage Appliances use Hybrid Storage Pool technology to combine the performance of flash storage with the cost and reliability of hard disk drives. By engineering the complexity out of multi-tier storage solutions, these systems free storage administrators to accelerate application performance by fine tuning storage environments.

And, when it comes to fine tuning, the business consulting firm Edison Group has demonstrated that a Sun ZFS Storage Appliance requires 36% less management time compared to competing systems from NetApp. When all of the administrator tasks measured by Edison were taken into account, the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance was calculated to save over $26,000 per year, per appliance when compared to managing a NetApp filer.

5. Systems Engineered Together – Experience seamless integration with storage developed for the Oracle stack

Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance is co-developed with Oracle’s complete software stack, from Oracle Applications to Oracle Database and Oracle VM. The result is deep hardware and software integration that's not available on third-party storage systems, such as NetApp filers. For example, the combination of Oracle Database Hybrid Columnar Compression with high-bandwidth Infiniband networks enables Oracle Business Intelligence applications to deliver answers more quickly by loading data sets into its data warehouses 15x faster than a NetApp FAS system connected over 10Gigabit Ethernet.

Summary

Oracle is integrating storage into 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.

Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliances offer a groundbreaking way to manage and expand your storage environment. With twice the performance of NetApp’s products at less than half the cost, Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliances provide higher efficiency and scalability, and simplified management compared to NetApp's offerings.

 
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