Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance
Advantages Over NetApp Filers

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Oracle’s ZFS Storage ZS5 Series, the next generation cloud-ready engineered storage, delivers higher performance, greater efficiency, easier management, lower TCO, and deep, coengineered integration with Oracle Software, Engineered System and Cloud when compared with NetApp’s products.

Speed. Simplicity. Savings. ZFS Storage Appliance

Speed. Simplicity. Savings. ZFS Storage Appliance

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Top 7 Reasons Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance is a Better Choice than NetApp


1. NetApp Filers Cost 244 Percent More to Own and Operate

Industry analyst Wikibon conducted a comprehensive economic value analysis that compared Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance to traditional filers, including NetApp. The total four-year cost of ownership of traditional NetApp filers was 244 percent higher or more, depending on the workload. According to Wikibon, "The high-end (Oracle) ZFS Storage array is the highest performing hybrid storage device that has been analyzed by Wikibon, and in a class of its own when it comes to high-write I/O environments."

Furthermore, the break even for customers moving to NetApp’s Clustered ONTAP is over 50 months, with an anemic internal rate of return of 12 precent, making it easier and more cost-effective to migrate to Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances than to NetApp’s latest operating system.

2. Up to 2x Better Performance at Lower Cost

Oracle ZFS Storage ZS5 Series leverages a multithreaded operating system, more CPU cores, a massive DRAM-centric architecture, and larger flash cache to deliver faster performance and innovative data services. The entry-level Oracle ZS5-2 Storage Appliance has up to 6x more CPUs than NetApp’s FAS8020 model, 32x more memory, and 4x more flash. The result? Significantly better performance at a lower cost, which you can see from prior generation benchmark results.

3. 3x to 5x Reduction in Storage Footprint

Oracle 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. For data warehouses and archive data, customers can benefit from an immediate 3x to 5x reduction in their storage footprint by migrating to Oracle ZFS Storage ZS5 Series. As analyst DCIG states, "Without HCC, running Oracle Database is like operating a car in degraded mode."

4. Spend 73 Percent Less Time Managing Storage

When it comes to fine tuning, storage administrators leverage the easy-to-use and information-rich DTrace Analytics to manage Oracle ZFS Storage. In fact, Strategic Focus has demonstrated that compared to competing systems from NetApp, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance requires 36 percent fewer steps and 73percent less time for total analytics, including analysis and troubleshooting in VM environments.. Save valuable time and ensure performance and uptime easier and faster.

5.  Engineered with Oracle Database and Applications

As next-generation engineered storage, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS5 Series is coengineered with Oracle’s complete software stack for deep hardware and software integration that's not available on third-party storage systems, including NetApp filers. For example, Oracle Intelligent Storage Protocol, a feature of Oracle Database 12c available only with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, eliminates over 65 percent of the manual processes needed for database storage tuning. With this direct line of communication between the database and storage you can free up over 3x of your administrative resources to focus on revenue-generating activities. With the latest version of OISP, Oracle ZFS Storage Analytics can reduce the steps to identify and resolve performance bottlenecks in Oracle Database 12c pluggable database environments by 67 percent.

6. Cloud-Ready Today

Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance is cloud-ready today. With its ability to engineer storage on premises and in Oracle Public Cloud, Oracle offers cloud extensibility and consistency in a manner no competitor without a public cloud can provide. Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance is integrated with cloud-management tools and proven to deliver the highest performance and availability. By selecting a system that’s ready for both on premises and Oracle Public Cloud, you gain insurance for your journey to cloud.

For highly virtualized environments, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, unlike NetApp, takes full advantage of advanced, multicore CPUs providing superior performance for SMP workloads such as VMware. This, together with a much larger cache than what NetApp offers, enables Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances to support tens of thousands of VMs per system and avoid boot storms by booting 16,000 VMs in seven minutes. Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance easily handles the unpredictable, highly threaded I/O that saturates the CPUs of conventional NetApp filers after only a few hundred VMs, leading customers to have to purchase even more filers, leading to filer sprawl.

7. 6x Faster Backup than NetApp

With ever-shrinking backup windows, the last thing you need is a slow backup system. And, if you need to restore your data, you want it to be available and restored quickly so you can get your business applications back online. Oracle ZFS Backup Appliance backs up and restores over 6x faster than NetApp. To meet your backup/restore SLAs choose Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance over NetApp filers.


Oracle is coengineering storage with its entire software and hardware stack, from on premises to Oracle Public Cloud to accelerate performance, improve efficiency, and bring cloud economics to customers. Our goal is provide cloud insurance to customers, enabling them to protect their investments in the on-premises Oracle storage they purchase today while providing cloud extensions for when they are ready to move. Oracle ZFS Storage ZS5 Series offers a groundbreaking way to manage and expand your NAS environment both on premises and in the cloud. With twice the performance and less cost of NetApp’s products, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS5 Series is the clear choice.

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