Oracle ZFS

A Quick Look at Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4: What you need to know about it (Part 1 of 2)

Oracle ZFS Storage is up to 5x acceleration of applications and databases.

Oracle closed 2014 with the launch of Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4.

Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 is co-engineered with another hit product, Oracle Database 12c and now provides pluggable databases with analytics. It also has twice the performance when compared to older ZFS Storage releases and better security, as well as other improvements.

The ZS4-4 makes use of Oracle ZFS Storage OS8.3, which brings more than 30 enhancements and new innovations that further cements Oracle’s leadership in the field of NAS efficiency and performance.

Extend your Oracle Database 12c

The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 gives your Oracle Database 12c more capabilities. For instance, you now have analytics on the database level to help you simplify performance tuning for your storage. It also helps to quickly troubleshoot any storage-related problems with Oracle Multitenant and Oracle Database 12c environments. The new functionality cuts down the process of identifying storage related problems by 67%, which means that if the old days it took your 3 steps to find a problem, now you can pinpoint what’s wrong in just one step. This is made possible by the co-engineering of the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 with Oracle Database 12c, as well as the Oracle Intelligent Storage Protocol 11 and the analytics found in Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.

Twice as fast

Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 also allows you to put more data in memory, giving you the ability to get twice the performance of the old ZS4 release. The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 has at least 30 gigabytes per second of throughput and around 50% more CPU cores and DRAM or dynamic random access memory. Compared to flash, memory operations with Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 is way faster. This is because it is based on an architecture that is in-memory, and has an operating system that makes use of multi-threaded symmetric multiprocessing and hybrid storage pool.

Built-in data encryption

Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 comes with data encryption built into it, giving you Advanced Encryption Standard 256-bit data-at-rest encryption that allows you to work with both non-encrypted and encrypted volumes that you have in your system.

You can also get around 12x data compression with Hybrid Columnar Compression and automatic data optimization. What does this mean? You get to save up to 40% of storage capacity and get up to 5x speedier database queries.

Oracle has certainly made the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 more attractive. Who can blame them, when the company’s NAS systems have been adopted by some of the world’s biggest companies, including a big majority of companies listed on Fortune 100. All the top five semiconductor companies, as well as 9 of the top ten telecommunications companies and 4 of the top 5 banks in the United States, are also using Oracle’s NAS systems. More specifically, 4,000 customers are using Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4. These customers are responsible for more than 14,000 deployments.

Learn more about Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4, Oracle Database 12c and other Oracle products, and how it could help jumpstart your IT. Call Four Cornerstone at 1 (817) 377 1144 and talk to our Oracle certified experts. We can help you with anything, from acquiring the hardware and software you need to training your IT on how to best deploy, maintain and use these systems.

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