Oracle unveils next-gen NAS storage system

Vendor claims ZFS Storage ZS4-4 is industry's only system with analytics for pluggable databases

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Oracle unveils next-gen NAS storage system Oracle claimed that customers can identify database-related storage issues in 67% fewer steps with Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4
By  Tom Paye Published  December 8, 2014

Oracle has unveiled its latest-generation NAS storage system, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4, which the vendor said is the industry's only storage system with analytics for pluggable databases.

With the new Oracle ZFS Storage OS8.3 software, Oracle said that the system delivers new capabilities for Oracle Database 12c environments. It said the system provides pluggable database-level visibility into "thousands" of containers across the enterprise. These analytics, the vendor explained, accelerate storage performance tuning and troubleshooting in Database 12c and Oracle Multitenant environments.

By comparison, EMC and NetApp storage solutions see thousands of Oracle Database 12c pluggable databases as one instance, requiring manually-intensive tuning and guesswork, Oracle said.

"Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 reinforces the fact that Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances are the only NAS option for Oracle Database 12c customers who want the speed, efficiency and manageability that comes with co-engineered hardware and software," said Scott Tracy, vice president, Storage Software, Oracle.

"Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 extends Oracle Database with unparalleled visibility into its performance and storage requirements. With analytics for pluggable databases, self-tuning capabilities, and policy-based deep compression to maximize infrastructure investments for Oracle Database 12c, customers can further accelerate their time-critical business decisions."

Oracle claimed that customers can identify database-related storage issues in 67% fewer steps with Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4, thanks to co-engineering with Oracle Database 12c, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance analytics and the new Oracle Intelligent Storage Protocol 1.1.

The vendor said that the NAS system "turbocharges" greater amounts of data at in-memory speeds, doubling the performance of its predecessor with more than 30 GB/sec throughput and 50% more dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and CPU cores.

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