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Oracle claims new ZS3 Series eclipses disk storage leaders

/ 15 September, 2013

Oracle has claimed its newly launched ZS3 Series storage offers better throughput, latency, price and performance than NetApp, EMC, IBM and HP systems.

Citing “new world record performance”, Oracle said the disk storage solution enables customers to accelerate time to insight, mitigate risk, and reduce data centre costs through high performance, dynamic automation, and extensive co-engineering.

Powered by an advanced cache architecture and multi-threaded SMP OS, the ZS3 Series performs critical business functions faster, the company added, including optimising supply chains, closing quarterly books, evaluating a greater number of investment scenarios, and accelerating database queries.

To simplify Oracle Database deployments, increase database performance and reduce storage requirements, the ZS3 Series takes advantage of Oracle-only storage features and capabilities:

The new Oracle Intelligent Storage Protocol (OISP) automates Oracle Database tuning and administration.

Through OISP, Oracle Database 12c communicates metadata to the Oracle ZS3 storage which can automate tuning, reducing manual processes by 65 percent, while optimising database performance and eliminating human error, Oracle said, allowing customers to do more with the same headcount and deliver strategic projects faster.

Furthermore, new heat map and automatic data optimisation (ADO) capabilities of Oracle Database 12c apply different compression levels through the data lifecycle to deliver consistently high database performance and reduced storage capacity.

Oracle added that hybrid columnar compression (HCC) compresses Oracle Database data by 10 to 50 times, “significantly reducing the amount of storage and bandwidth required, leading to considerable savings through storage cost avoidance.”

It also claimed the ZS3 is the only storage system with real-time, dynamic application-aware performance and health analytics, “enabling customers to visualise CPU, cache, protocol, disk, memory, networking and system-related data, all at the same time.”

Oracle cited an independent study which showed that DTrace Storage Analytics, a standard feature of Oracle ZFS storage appliances, enables customers to troubleshoot 44 percent faster with 38 percent less complexity than NetApp FAS3270, resulting in estimated savings in admin costs up to $27,000 per system per year.

“Oracle’s ability to deliver application engineering storage is a major differentiator which enables customers to maximize performance, efficiency and productivity at significantly lower cost than the competition,” said Scott Tracy, VP, Software Development, Oracle.

“Oracle’s new ZS3 storage appliances demonstrate the raw power and value that hardware and software engineered systems can provide.”