Oracle Unveils Upgrades to ZS3 Storage Server Line

Oracle released enhancements to its ZFS Storage ZS3 Series on Wednesday that it says now "easily handles unpredictable VM workloads which saturate conventional NAS storage systems." The company said its ZFS Storage ZS3-2 can now handle more than 16,000 virtual machine boots from a single platform in less than seven minutes.

Additionally, Oracle unveiled the Communications Application Orchestrator for managing the lifecycle of next-gen network services.

Using ZFS Storage OS 8.2, the ZFS line of storage appliances can now support OpenStack Cinder and a set of RESTful management APIs for deploying private cloud environments. The ZS3-2 also now features 1.5 PB capacity and 1 TB memory per cluster.

Better Price/Performance

Scott Tracy, vice president of Storage Software at Oracle, said in a statement that "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."

The new capabilities from the ZS3 storage systems, he said, offer "valuable architectural benefits and superb analytics to support high-density virtualized environments."

On Wednesday, Oracle also announced that the ZS3-2 set a new SPC-2/E record with the best overall price/performance and the most efficient energy use with the highest performance per watt. The ZS3-2 was compared against the IBM DS8870 and HP P9500.

In comparisons, Oracle said its ZS3-2 showed 10 times better price/performance than the IBM DS8870 and seven times better price/performance than the HP P9500 XP Disk Array.

Tracy told news media that those benchmark results showed that "high performance is no longer achieved at the expense of data center budget and energy resources."

Communications Application Orchestrator

The Oracle Communications Application Orchestrator was also released on Wednesday. It enables the management of a virtual network function, automatically provisions virtual devices, and assists resource optimization by allowing for the graceful shutdown of virtual machines. The company described Network Functions...

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