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Oracle Enhances Unified Storage System Product Line

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Oracle has announced upgrades to the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System product line.

The enhancements include built-in inline data deduplication that can be combined with inline data compression, 4 and 8 Gbit/sec Fibre Channel protocol support, multiple storage pools, and new 1 and 2 TB SAS disk drives—doubling maximum system capacity to 576TB.

These features help customers reduce the costs of storing, consolidating and managing data with increased storage efficiency, expand the use of the Sun Storage 7000 System product line into Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks (SANs), and improve overall capacity and availability.

Oracle is using DTrace Analytics to Fibre Channel SANs. Storage analytics enable storage administrators to quickly locate and manage SAN workload hot spots and bottlenecks, understand how configuration and application changes affect the storage system, and provision Flash storage capabilities without guesswork.

"The virtualized datacenter requires storage infrastructures that support specific innovative capabilities in order to optimize efficiency and dexterity," says Roger Cox, Research vice president, Gartner.  "Our research confirms that disk arrays that support unified storage architectures provide the necessary dexterity to meet changing requirements while simplifying management, thereby improving total cost of ownership (TCO). Functions such as thin provisioning coupled with integrated data deduplication and compression optimize storage utilization, reducing acquisition costs, as well as significantly reducing power, cooling and space consumption."

The Sun Storage 7000 System Product Line is:

  • Engineered and supported with Oracle Solaris, Oracle Enterprise Linux, Oracle Database, Oracle Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Sun System software products, as well as third-party products.
  • Designed to reduce storage costs while simplifying the way customers manage storage.  
  • Designed to provide integrated deduplication and compression, delivering space and cost savings.  Data deduplication can typically reduce storage requirements by 50 to 80%, depending on data type while compression provides a multiplicative effect on space savings, according to the company.

For more information, visit Oracle.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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