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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 open-zfs.org website and announcing an intention to do the following three …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2013
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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
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

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
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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
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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

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
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
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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
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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
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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
EVO: RAIL

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
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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
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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

NetApp's ZFS lawyer's letter and Nexenta

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
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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
Evan Powell

Evan Powell exits Nexenta as Wyse guy strides in

"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
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
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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
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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
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
Flash Gordon

EMC gobbles up top-secret flash startup DSSD

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
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Nexenta reckons it has Edge in squeezing your object storage BLOB

Nexenta says its latest NexentaEdge software product delivers petabyte-scale block and object storage with inline deduplication. NexentaStor, the existing product, is a ZFS-based software SAN product which Nexenta partners and customers can install on commodity storage array hardware – a mainstream SAN/filer replacement product …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014

Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables

Oracle has confirmed that at least 32 of its products are affected by the vulnerability recently discovered in the Bash command-line interpreter – aka the "Shellshock" bug – including some of the company's pricey integrated hardware systems. The database giant issued a security alert regarding the issue on Friday, warning that …
Neil McAllister, 27 Sep 2014
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EMC, HP blockbuster 'merger' shocker comes a cropper

EMC has been holding secret merger talks with HP that have since stalled, according to industry sources. The negotiations are said to have lasted almost 12 months, during which Dell executives mulled buying parts of EMC. But at the heart of the discussion was a proposed $132bn merger of the storage giant and HP, according to …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2014
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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

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

Oracle and Pluribus team up, flip the switch on Cisco SDN killer

Oracle has signed a technology access and development deal with startup Pluribus Networks to nibble away at Cisco's proprietary networking business. The database giant has announced the deal to develop and test "a number" of software-defined networking (SDN) technologies for OpenStack with Pluribus. Oracle said the fruits of …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Feb 2014

Oh, a Wyse guy, eh? Why I oughta make you Nexenta's new CEO

ZFS-storage software supplier Nexenta has changed its CEO for the second time in eight months, going for a popular exec from the ranks of IT's great and good: Tarkan Maner. Nexenta, which provides the Open Solaris and ZFS-based NexentaStor software storage OS, positions itself as the software-only answer to vendors who fear the …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2013
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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
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Networked mutant flash-disk beast Nimble to smack flashy rivals with 'high-end' boxen

Nimble Storage is going to do a Tegile and have all-flash shelves in a new high-end product that will also undercut its main rival, fellow all-flash array startup Pure Storage, or so it claims. Tegile and Nimble both supply networked hybrid flash/disk arrays using operating software expressly designed to use flash optimally, as …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2014

Analyse this: Gartner eyes up EVERYONE'S mid-range arrays

Gartner has rated mid-range arrays in a report - Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, Midrange Storage Arrays - which includes the expected mainstream vendors as well as three startups. This marks the first time a reputable independent analyst agency has compared and contrasted mainstream vendor, niche supplier and startup …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2014
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Just what is Oracle going to plop out as its golden storage egg?

What's going on with Oracle storage? Besides tape, which seems to be doing fine, does the IT giant have a long-term, viable external storage array product line at all? Oracle's general hardware business is in decline. Witness the chart below showing quarterly overall sales including hardware product revenues; storage sales …
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2013
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FreeBSD 10.0 lands, targets VMs and laptops

The tenth version of the open source operating system FreeBSD has emerged. In true community style the software has emerged before the software's plan called for its announcement to be made public. Alphas of the new release have been available for about six months now and the final release seems not to diverge much form those …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2014
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Fighting words from Asigra: Yes, backup vendors, we said it... commodity hardware

Asigra has devised a server + storage configuration for cloud providers using its backup software that it claims is cheaper than Dell or HP kit. It is essentially selling its backup software together with a promise to enable customers to buy a complete underlying software and hardware server, networking and storage stack, with …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2014

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
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'Sons of Solaris' Joyent welcome Ubuntu into their cloud

Sun refugee camp and cloud operator Joyent has partnered with Canonical to bring tailored Ubuntu images into its technically sophisticated cloud. The deal was announced on Thursday and means that developers who want to run Ubuntu on Joyent's advanced SmartOS-based infrastructure can now do with greater confidence in getting …
Jack Clark, 21 Feb 2014
Apple

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

Big boy Fujitsu crushes stroppy upstarts in storage boffins' trials

Fujitsu's Eternus disk array has topped the SPC-2 benchmark charts, with an IBM SVC-Storwize V7000 combination in second place. The SPC-2 storage benchmark measures how an array performs doing large sequential I/Os and looks at three workloads: large file processing; large database queries; and video-on-demand. The benchmarks …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2013
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Joyless times at cloudy Joyent: CTO packs bags, heads for hills

Cofounder Jason Hoffman is resigning from his chief technology officer position at cloud computing provider Joyent. In a blog on the company's website he writes, "I cofounded Joyent 10 years ago when I was working as a scientist and looking for a better way to run compute on my data... [The] 'think differently' spirit of …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2013
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EMC pinches top Oracle engineer and Microsoft bod for Isilon

EMC's scale-out filer shipper Isilon is scaling up its organisation; Oracle's top storage SVP, Phil Bullinger, is moving from the Redwood Shores-headquartered firm to EMC subsidiary Isilon, and a Microsoftie is coming aboard as Isilon's COO. Bullinger is joining EMC's Isilon unit as its senior veep for engineering and operations …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2013
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Joyent turns cloud into a Riverbed content-delivery network

Midsize cloud Joyent has partnered with network appliance vendor Riverbed to create a "Content Delivery Cloud" to give developers on a budget a way to push data closer to users and reduce load times. The Riverbed Stingray & Joyent Content Delivery Cloud service was announced by Joyent on Monday, and it lets the company's four …
Jack Clark, 17 Sep 2013

Hybrid flash array maker Starboard bags biz trio

Starboard Storage is taking on three experienced execs to help it grow. Starboard, the re-named and re-energised Reldata, punts a hybrid flash+disk unified file and iSCSI-accessed storage array and has recruited: Tom Major, the ex-SVP of product management and business operations at Seagate, and he was at iSCSI array start-up …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2013

Ex-Sun Micro CTO reveals Greenbytes 'world-beating' dedupe

El Reg has managed to take a peek at an as-yet-unpublished white paper, written by former Sun Microsystems CTO Randall Chalfant, which claims the storage company's deduplication tech has near-zero latency and possibly offers the world's fastest inline deduplication. It works with 4K blocks of data. This is the sequence of events …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2013