Articles about Zfs


Oracle ZFS appliance sales hit $1 billion

Oracle blogs it’s sold more than a billion dollars’ worth of its ZFS appliance, with almost 15,000 systems installed by more than 5,000 customers. It is “currently one of the fastest growing products within the Oracle Server and Storage Systems business unit.” Sounds impressive, particularly with EMC saying it has sold a …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2015

Dedupe, dedupe... dedupe, dedupe, dedupe: Oracle polishes ZFS diamond

Oracle's ZFS is widely lauded as a great file system even though several suppliers that use it for their own products have replaced its deduplication code with their own. One such was GreenBytes, a startup which developed an all-flash array for virtualised servers and focused on VDI. It switched to a software-only model after …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2014

Oracle gets ZFS filer array spun up to near-AFA speeds

Oracle's ZFS filer array has virtually matched an all-flash array in the SPC-2 streaming storage benchmark and set a new SPC-2 streaming/price/performance record [PDF]. It introduced its ZS4-4 array in December last year, as a refresh of the prior ZS3. That was rated at 17,244.22MB/sec on its SPC-2 run with a $22.53 price/ …
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2015

Syneto: Behold, blockheads – an all-flash array... based on ZFS

A ZFS-based all-flash array? There's a thing to note in this block-focused all-flash array world. Europe-based Syneto has developed the product and it has updated its SMB-focused, ZFS-using Extreme 220 product. The Extreme 220 is a 2U x 24 hot-swap slot box with from 2TB to 144TB of SATA or SAS SSDs. That means 6TB SSDs are used …
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2015

Oracle refreshes RAM-crammed ZFS array line

After updating its old Pillar Axiom array line with the hybrid FS1 array a few months ago, Oracle has refreshed its ZFS array line with a bigger, faster generation and a quasi in-memory design. Larry Ellison's company announced the third generation ZS3 appliances back in October last year. Fourteen months later, we have the …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2014

Open ZFS wielders kick off 'truly open source' dev group

A bunch of companies that rely on ZFS to power their products have banded together in a new open source cabal that says it will offer a "truly open source" version of the filesystem. The group revealed itself to the world yesterday, erecting the eponymous website and announcing an intention to do the following three …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2013
Oracle ZS3-2

Oracle muscles way into seat atop the benchmark with hefty ZFS filer

Oracle has announced new cache-heavy ZFS appliances and has seized the SPC-2 benchmark top spot with one of them. Announced in early September, the third-generation ZFS appliance has most I/O served from DRAM cache, up to 2TB of it, and that makes these boxes stream data like a dragster sucking nitrous oxide. As before the ZFS …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2013

Oracle's Sun rises over ZFS and Pillar

Oracle says version 12c of its database works better with Oracle's own Sun ZFS and Pillar Axiom storage, with better performance, easier storage config, and faster test and development set-up. But the ZFS product seems preferred over the Axiom. Oracle shoots out the following claims: The Sun ZFS Storage Appliances and Pillar …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2013

Production-ready ZFS offers cosmic-scale storage for Linux

The maintainers of the native Linux port of the ZFS high-reliability filesystem have announced that the most recent release, version 0.6.1, is officially ready for production use. "Over two years of use by real users has convinced us ZoL [ZFS on Linux] is ready for wide scale deployment on everything from desktops to super …
Neil McAllister, 30 Mar 2013
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Oracle storage analytics break Oracle storage appliances

An Oracle employee has warned that the analytics features of its ZFS storage appliances can result in “unresponsive” systems. The post linked to above opens with Oracle staffer Matt Barnson stating “I've received a number of questions about analytics and the problems they cause for the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.” There's …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jul 2015
The Register breaking news

Joyent spins up ZFS object store

Joyent has spun-up an object store in its cloud that spans multiple data centers as it tries to specialize in one area where its technology may draw developers away from the black hole that is Amazon Web Services. The Manta Storage Service was announced on Tuesday. It sees Joyent erect an object storage layer with strongly …
Jack Clark, 25 Jun 2013
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Flash pioneer STEC invests in ZFS zealot Nexenta

Sources close to the situation have revealed that solid state memory drive manufacturer STEC has invested in ZFS storage firm Nexenta, substantially too. We're told that it seems like a curious play for STEC since a typical ZFS deployment only uses a couple flash drives for the L2ARC and ZIL. One can only imagine that STEC has …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2013

What links Apple, Sun's ZFS and a tiny startup? Al Gore

Blocks and files GreenBytes, the flash array startup which uses ZFS, bought Mac ZFS developer Ten's Complement last week and is now going to make its ZEVO Community Edition ZFS software freely available from 15 September. CEO Bob Petrocelli said so in a blog yesterday. The product should be enhanced between now and then. GreenBytes has stripped …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2012
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Oracle pops cork as cut-price ZFS array creams NetApp rival

An Oracle ZFS 7420 storage array provides 40 per cent more performance than a NetApp FAS6240 at a $700,000 lower price point. That's according to the SPECsfs2008 benchmark, which tests how effective an array is at servicing NFS IO transactions. The chart shows a selection of vendors' SPECsfs2008 IOPS scores in the fewer-than-1- …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2012

All-flash IBM V7000 smashes Oracle/Sun ZFS box

Flash strikes again. IBM's newest storage array, the Storwize V7000, has trounced an Oracle/Sun ZFS array, delivering almost the same performance for less than half the price and 4 per cent of the capacity. The SPC-1 benchmark tests the performance of a storage array doing mainly random I/O in a business environment. IBM's …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2012
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Greenbytes crunches up ex-Apple man's Zevo ZFS

Networked flash array vendor Greenbytes has bought Zevo ZFS for Mac from developer Tens Complement, and gained itself a new chairman, storage industry veteran Stephen O'Donnell. Tens Complement was founded by ex-Apple engineer Don Brady and has been developing Zevo, a version of ZFS (Zettabyte File System) that was built for Mac …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2012
DVD it in many colours

Coraid peers over shoulder, pushes out another ZFS-based NAS head

Ethernet SAN storage supplier Coraid has announced its filer head, an Oracle ZFS-based product, two years after NetApp smacked it down for attempting the same thing with a Nexenta ZFS-based product. It has also beat off some pretty big competition to score Sony as a marquee user of its EtherDrive storage product. The ZX-Series …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2012
The Register breaking news

Ex-Apple engineer emits Zevo ZFS for Mac OS

An ex-Apple engineer's startup has produced Zevo: ZFS for Mac OS. The start-up, founded in 2010 and Colorado-based, is Ten's Complement and the founder is Don Brady. Zevo comes in the shipping Silver edition and Gold, Platinum and Developer editions which are due later this year. Zevo Silver, positioned as the test drive system …
Chris Mellor, 01 Feb 2012

Asigra's fast BaaS on-ramp for Cloud Service Providers

Managed and cloud service providers have a lightning fast on-ramp to providing backup services via three Asigra appliances. These are converged backup systems using commodity servers, FreeBSD Unix, the ZFS file system and Asigra's agentless cloud backup and recovery software. There are three models, arranged by capacity: 1800 …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2015

Sun setting dedupe up for ZFS

Oracle/Sun's ZFS file system seems set to get deduplication added to it later this year. ZFS or the Zettabyte File System is a 128-bit file system that Sun says radically simplifies file system administration. Amongst its features are 256-bit checksums that detect and correct silent data corruption. In other words, it is already …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2009

Oracle buys desktop software virtualiser GreenBytes

Oracle is buying desktop software virtualiser GreenBytes, which uses ZFS technology, for an undisclosed sum. GreenBytes VDI software is based on ZFS and includes its own, highly rated deduplication engine and replication. It can run on flash hardware and, originally, GreenBytes sold a VDI flash appliance but got out if hardware …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2014
Exablox box

Wannabe ZFS rival Exablox decloaks MYSTERY NAS box

Mystery storage startup Exablox has finally uncloaked its secret project - which turned out to be a simple scale-out filer managed through a cloud-based utility. The product is called OneBlox and is managed through OneSystem, a utility service in the cloud; there is no onboard management software. The OneBlox appliance, or node …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2013

NetApp shakes fist at sprat supplier over ZFS

NetApp has threatened Ethernet and ZFS storage supplier Coraid with implied legal action unless it stops selling its EtherDrive Z-series NAS. Coraid has buckled under the threat and temporarily withdrawn the product. The back story here is that NetApp sued Sun in 2007 for infringing its patents with the ZFS file system product …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jul 2010

Nexenta flies over the Edge into the object storage bearpit

Nexenta's hypercale block and object storage software has hit the streets, pitting Nexenta competitively against all the other object storage suppliers. NexentaEdge was introduced last August and now it's generally available, two quarters later than its then-schedule. We're having it described as "the first software-only scale …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2015
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Apple dumps Sun's ZFS

Apple is dumping ZFS. A notice appeared on Mac OS Forge on Friday: "The ZFS project has been discontinued. The mailing list and repository will also be removed shortly." ZFS is Sun's 128-bit file system, created for its Solaris operating system and distributed as an open source package. It is highly scalable, contains intrinsic …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2009

Coraid jumps on ZFS bandwagon

Coraid is adding a ZFS-based NAS appliance to its EtherDrive SAN array product, joining other companies like Compellent in using ZFS in this way. Coraid supplies block storage accessed over Ethernet using an ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) protocol which is not routed, is lossless and doesn't need any storage protocols such as iSCSI or …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2010

Radian inflicts shingles on poor, unsuspecting Flash drives

Radian Memory, startup pusher of faster SSD software, claims its SSD-managing software can work with host-managed shingled disk drive software to make an SSD-SMR disk combination quite exciting. We'll see. Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) disk drives gave higher capacity than normal drives by overapping wide write tracks, …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2015
Two dollars

EMC splashed a BILLION dollars buying just one flashy upstart

Top mergers and acquisitions lawyer Michael Ringler helped EMC splash a cool billion dollars buying a rack-scale flash array upstart, The Register can reveal. It was in May 2014 that EMC swooped down and bought the stealthy DSSD rack-scale flash array startup. DSSD was founded around 2010 by two top Sun engineers involved …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jul 2015

NetApp's ZFS lawyer's letter and Nexenta

Update NetApp has sent an almost cease-and-desist letter to Coraid saying withdraw your EtherDrive Z-series NAS product, which uses ZFS, or we will take appropriate action. Coraid did, But NetApp appears not to have written to Coraoid's ZFS supplier Nexenta, which also supplies Compellent with ZFS technology for its NAS product. …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jul 2010
The Virtual Compute Appliance

Oracle ♥s Fibre Channel in virty box refresh

Oracle has made a small-but-notable enhancement to its virtual compute appliance (VCA): support for external fibre channel storage. The VCA is Oracle's “engineered system” for virtualisation and is designed to offer everything one needs to run VMs, all packaged into a single convenient box. Oracle even recommends its own ZFS …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2014

Shingled drives get SpectraLogic archive down to 9 cents/GB

Spectra Verde DPE is a Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR)-based NAS disk platform for high-density bulk storage at costs as low as 9 cents/GB raw. Shingled drives have sets of overlapping write tracks with side-by-side narrower read tracks to increase density. The downside is that a whole set of write tracks have to be …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2015
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ZFS gets inline dedupe

Sun's Zettabyte File System (ZFS) now has built-in deduplication, making it probably the most space-efficient file system there is. There's a discussion of ZFS deduplication in a Sun blog, which says that chunks of data, such as a byte range or blocks or files, are checksummed with a hash function and any duplicate chunks will …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2009

Oracle and NetApp dismiss ZFS lawsuits

NetApp and Oracle have agreed to dismiss their respective lawsuits against each other without prejudice. ZFS-using companies such as Coraid and Nexenta can now go ahead free of the threat of NetApp interference. The dismissal terms between the two companies are confidential. NetApp CEO and president Tom Georgens said: "Moving …
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2010
Storiant software

Upstart brags about cheaper-than-Amazon private cold data cloud

Storiant is an object storage startup which claims its customers can use its technology to store petabyte-scale data in a private cloud at a price below public cloud storage. How does it pull this trick off? It has a customer, Markley Cloud Services in New England, which it says stores 11PB of cold data in a Storiant silo – as …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2014

Snow Leopard kisses ZFS bye-bye

Apple's Snow Leopard padded across the Mac World for the first time in public this week, accompanied by its silent twin, Snow Leopard Server - leaving little trace of ZFS. ZFS is Sun's 128-bit Zettabyte File System with advanced data protection and storage virtualisation features. Sun had said Apple would adopt it. The current …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2009
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VMAX flashes its virtues for all to see

You wait for a bus forever, then two come along at once. So it is with EMC and SPC benchmarks, and all of a sudden we have both SPC-1 VNX8000 and SPC-2 VMAX 400K. The Storage Performance Council lists industry-standard random block IO performance (SPC-1) and streaming storage performance benchmark results (SPC-2). Each one …
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2015
Oracle Sparc T4 chip

Oracle targets Windows workloads with virtualisation manager update

Oracle VM has received an upgrade that makes the free tool better at managing Windows virtual machines and handling SPARC workloads. Oracle's VM Server for x86 is free, but Big O isn't exactly throwing the kitchen sink at the product as evidenced by the fact it this week it released version 3.3, more than two years after January …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Jul 2014
Kaminario SPC-2 result

Kaminario in amazeballs all-flash K2 streaming-storage benchmark brag

Kaminario has taken the SPC-2 streaming storage benchmark, shook it hard, wrung it out, and left everyone else for dust with its K2 all-flash array, with a result nearly twice as fast as the previously top-ranked Oracle ZFS array. The SPC-2 benchmark tests a storage array's streaming IO performance whereas the companion SPC-1 …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2013
Evan Powell

Evan Powell exits Nexenta as Wyse guy strides in

Blocks and Files "Wyse guy" Tarkan Maner now rules the Nexenta roost, with Evan Powell, the previous and hugely influential founding CEO, walking away. The former chief of the ZFS-based storage software startup stepped back to become chief strategy officer in February. At the time, Mark Lockareff was the incoming CEO, a big company guy held …
Chris Mellor, 04 Dec 2013

What the Dell? Big Mike and co join Nexenta for EVO: RAIL file access

Dell is using Nexenta's software to bring file access to VMware's EVO: RAIL virtual SAN. It is shipping NexentaConnect and NexentaStor software with its EVO: RAIL kit, its pre-configured, fully integrated, hyper-converged appliance. NexentaStor is Nexenta's ZFS-based storage software which runs on certified server/storage …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2014
Roadrunner and Wile E Coyote

Avere SPEC benchmark shows cloud's just as fast as on-premise

Bezos' boys will be pleased while data centre storage admins become fearful; Avere has run a file access benchmark showing file access to Amazon S3 in the cloud is the same as WAN file access to a ZFS data store - and Cleversafe object storage. It claims that it is the first and only vendor to provide low-latency, scalable NAS …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2014
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Oracle bigs up 7000 ZFS storage line

Oracle has supercharged its 7000 unified storage line, effectively replacing two of the products and expanding the line's performance and capacity dramatically upwards. Users will get more scalability and more performance from the new line. The new products have been rebranded too, and are known as the ZFS Storage Appliance line …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2010

Apple to use Sun's ZFS in Leopard

Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz may have let the cat out of the bag on Apple's plans for Mac OS 10.5 Leopard's file system. While showing off the Zettabyte File System in Sun's 'Thumper' hybrid storage/server platform at a company event in Washington today, Schwartz let it drop that Apple too has big plans for the open source file …
Austin Modine, 07 Jun 2007
Larry Ellison on stage at the launch of Oracle's X5 engineered systems range

The firm that swallowed the Sun: Is Oracle happy as Larry with hardware and systems?

Oracle-Sun anniversary One Sun swallow doesn’t make a hardware summer, and while it certainly hasn’t for Oracle, it is far from being in a hardware winter for the firm. Oracle's gulp of Sun Microsystems on 27 January 2010 – five years ago today – has resulted in a generally flagging Sun hardware product business and the growing Engineered System …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2015

Leopard gets dose of Solaris ZFS

Apple has apparently admitted its next operating system will utilize Sun Microsystems’ ZFS encrypted file system, contradicting earlier denials. In a display of corporate left-hand/right-hand syndrome, Apple has reportedly confirmed comments made by Sun’s chief executive Jonathan Schwartz last week that Sun’s 128-bit ZFS for …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jun 2007

If Dell and EMC really do merge, expect massive, bloody consolidation

EMC/Dell deal We're far from convinced that Dell acquiring and/or merging with EMC is a good idea, but if it did what kind of entity would we be looking at? The crux of the matter is just how much overlap Dell is willing to endure. And the answer may be "lots". Dell's made much in recent months of giving customers choices. Exhibit A is the …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2015
Look Ma! No SATA or SAS controller

Oracle bypasses SAS/SATA controllers in flashy new servers

Oracle has revealed two new servers using the NVM Express standard that does away with SAS/SATA controllers in ways the company says makes them perform very, very, well when stocked full of flash. The basics: the two new beasts are called the X5-2 and the X5-2L. Both are two-socket affairs and use Intel's Xeon E5-2600 v3 silicon …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Dec 2014
Flash Gordon

EMC gobbles up top-secret flash startup DSSD

EMC World 2014 Data storage giant EMC has acquired a stealthy startup named DSSD led by some of the top brains behind the ZFS filesystem. EMC announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire the "rack-scale flash storage" company DSSD during a press conference at its EMC World conference in Las Vegas on Monday. DSSD is a stealth-mode …
Jack Clark, 05 May 2014

Try-before-you-buy software. Back in vogue for the storage giants?

Comment Nexenta, Nutanix and Unitrends are all giving away software. Why? And EMC has just open-sourced its ViPR controller, while Coraid’s AoE technology is also being made open source. Free storage software seems to be in the air. Nexenta Nexenta’s NexentaStor 5 Community Preview will be introduced at the Citrix Synergy conference …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2015

Oracle reveals secret recipe for free DIY storage cloud

World+dog may be busy preparing Dropbox clones, but Oracle seems to think a better idea is to build your own domestic cloud storage rig and has therefore published a recipe for doing so. Naturally the recipe includes lots of Oracle products – VirtualBox, Solaris 11.1 and ZFS are all required - but non-Oracle open source kit also …
Simon Sharwood, 01 May 2013