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Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 Sets Industry Price/Performance Records as the Oracle ZFS Storage 8.2 Operating System Extends Virtualization and Cloud Capabilities

Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 set a new SPC-2/E world record with the best overall price/performance while also delivering the highest energy efficiency with the highest performance per watt, as measured by Storage Performance Council industry-standard benchmarks. These results demonstrate Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2’s excellent price/performance for high-throughput workloads, such as data warehouse, business analytics, and video on-demand applications.

In addition, Oracle announced that enhancements to the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3 series accelerate virtual machine (VM) deployment and monitoring, while virtually eliminating boot storms. Cloud capabilities have been extended in the Oracle ZFS Storage 8.2 operating system (OS) to enable customers to use common methods to deploy public and private clouds and provide IT as a service.

Industry-Leading Price/Performance
Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 delivered the best overall price/performance and highest performance per watt on the Storage Performance Council SPC-2/E benchmark, which measures the sequential movement of data for large database queries, large file processing, and video on demand.

Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 achieved a world-record SPC-2 price/performance with aggregate throughput of 16,212.66 SPC-2 megabytes per second with SPC-2 price/performance of US$12.08. This means Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 beat IBM DS8870 by a factor of 10 and Hewlett-Packard P9500 by a factor of 7 for price/performance.

“With these SPC-2/E benchmark results, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 intelligent hybrid storage system establishes a new efficiency paradigm: high performance is no longer achieved at the expense of data center budget and energy resources,” says Scott Tracy, Oracle’s vice president of storage software. “As a result, customers can now simultaneously maximize performance per dollar and per watt when making purchase decisions. The benefits are clear: energy savings and reduced TCO, with the high performance customers need for critical large-scale, high-throughput applications.”

High-Performance Storage for Virtualization and Clouds
In other news, Oracle announced that Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances with the Oracle ZFS Storage 8.2 OS enable enterprises to simplify IT infrastructure, reduce capital and operational expenses, and deliver reliable, high-performance, economical cloud storage.

The midrange Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 can boot more than 16,000 simultaneous VMs in under seven minutes to protect enterprises against boot storms and easily handle unpredictable VM workloads that saturate conventional network-attached storage systems.

With the Oracle ZFS Storage 8.2 OS, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances now support OpenStack Cinder and a complete set of RESTful management APIs. This enables enterprises to easily take advantage of the VM scalability of Oracle’s ZS3 series storage to deploy private cloud environments and IT as a service.

“Today’s heavily virtualized data centers demand efficient, high-performance storage in order to avoid performance issues and operational disruption caused by unpredictable virtual machine workloads and boot storms,” Tracy says. “The new capabilities delivered by Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3 storage systems provide valuable architectural benefits and superb analytics to support high-density virtualized environments. As a result, customers are able to keep their operations running at full speed in order to remain agile and respond to valuable business opportunities.”

Learn more about the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3 series and see a complete list of Oracle storage benchmarks.

Download the new report, “Usability Comparison White Paper: Oracle ZFS Storage vs. NetApp FAS Storage".

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