Oracle adds Fibre Channel to 7000
Doubles capacity as well
Oracle has updated Sun's ZFS-using 7000 unified storage system, adding Fibre Channel connectivity and doubling its capacity.
The Sun 7000 was Sun's last independent storage product and has turned out to be a winner with its hybrid flash and hard drive storage pools, DTrace analytics software, and ZFS file system with its protection, deduplication and huge capacity.
Oracle, which acquired Sun in a prolonged acquisition starting last year, has added support for both 4 and 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel links, meaning the 7000 can become a data store in a storage area network (SAN).
It has also added support for larger 1 and 2TB SAS disk drives, using the 6Gbit/s SAS interface, taking maximum capacity up to 576TB, plus both inline deduplication and compression which, it says, have a multiplicative effect on reducing used disk capacity. The 576TB capacity can be used as a single file system or split up into multiple file systems, thousands if need be, or LUNs (SAN logical units).
Several aspects of this 7000 update were revealed in a roadmap last November.
Oracle says the updated 7000, with its support for both file and block storage and scalability, is a good fit for both private and public cloud storage requirements. ®
Even before, it did >2-3GB/sec and 100.000 IOPS, on a 40 GBit NIC. That is close to theoretical maximum. FC is not really needed, it is just another way of connection.
All Well and Good!!!
....but its a pity that Oracle dont pull their finger out and get the right levels of support pricing and the OPN contracts signed before all the resellers drift of and sell other vendors products elsewhere.
And now with *drumroll* FC support.
(SUN fanboy audience in a hysteric state of euphoria.)
Steve Jobs, because...well you know