Oracle Tackles Boot Storms with ZFS Storage ZS3 Updates

By Pedro Hernandez

Oracle today launched an updated ZFS Storage ZS3 line of systems that the company claims can virtually eliminate boot storms.

ZFS Storage is a unified storage platform that hails from the business software giant's acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2010. With the latest refresh, Oracle is taking aim at cloud data centers and other environments where virtualized workloads have become the norm.

In a statement, the company claimed that its midrange ZFS Storage ZS3-2 system "now supports more than 16,000 VM boots from a single platform in under seven minutes." The flash-enabled system "provides enterprises with unparalleled levels of protection against boot storms," asserted the company.

Oracle's ZFS Storage ZS3-2 array is available in a single- or dual-controller configuration. The controllers pack four, eight-core Intel Xeon processors that run at 2.1 GHz. ZS3-2, which scales up to 1.5 PB, can be configured with either 512 GB or 1 TB of DRAM cache and up to 12.8 TB of flash cache (read-only).

The updated Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance line also includes the ZS3-BA backup system and the high-end ZS3-4, which is optimized for Oracle databases.

Scott Tracy, vice president of Storage Software for Oracle, said in prepared remarks that his company's "ZS3 storage systems provide valuable architectural benefits and superb analytics to support high-density virtualized environments." Those environments, he argued, are otherwise susceptible to unpredictable virtual machine performance and boot storms, the latter an issue that leads to a sluggish user experience in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) setups.

On the software front, ZFS Storage OS 8.2 now includes OpenStack Cinder driver and RESTful management APIs to enable the deployment of public and private cloud services. Cinder is a block storage service for the popular open source cloud platform.

According to Oracle, over 200 PB of the company's own public and private cloud storage capacity reside on ZFS Storage Appliances. "Oracle is now the second largest cloud SaaS company in the world," stated the company. Salesforce remains number one.

During a recent earnings conference call to discuss the Oracle's fourth quarter fiscal 2014 financial results, CEO Larry Ellison described his company as "Salesforce.com's primary competitor." He added that "in the cloud we're many times the size of Workday, we're bigger than SAP" before predicting that "we are going to pass Salesforce in cloud."

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on June 25, 2014