Oracle ZFS appliance sales hit $1 billion
Four times slower than EMC’s XtremIO
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 billion dollars’ worth of XtremIO all-flash arrays in six quarters and that the flash array is the company’s fastest-growing product line.
Here's the ZFS appliance history:
- January 2009 - Sun Open Storage 7000 (Amber Road) OpenSolaris/ZFS storage system announced, with 800 sold by May, and Oracle buying Sun.
- November 2009 - Sun upgrades Storage 7000 product line.
- September 2010 - 7120, 7320 and 7420 gen 2 appliances; ZFS Appliance branding introduced,
- September 2013 - ZS3-2 and ZS3-4 gen 3 appliance; cache-heavy version; SPC-2 benchmark top-spot.
This means that Oracle has sold its 15,000 systems since January 2009, six and a half years ago, whereas EMC has sold its billion dollars’ worth of XtremIO kit over just one a half years. There’s fast-growing and fast-growing, it’s all relative, but EMC has gained its sold billion four times faster than Oracle. Flash flies faster than files as we might say.
Oracle claims nearly 300 financial institutions as customers, five semiconductor companies, major movie studios – which use it for post-production digital effects work - international media companies, which use it to deliver digital media content to end users, and many oil and gas companies.
It says “the world’s fastest-growing cloud [stores] more than 200 PB [on the] ZFS Storage Appliance.” Is that Amazon? Sounds unlikely as Amazon is known for building its own kit. We think it could refer to Oracle’s own cloud; in April 2013 a Storage Strategies Now report said: “Oracle has over two hundred petabytes of ZFS Storage Appliances deployed across its cloud, infrastructure hosting, internal product development and global IT operations.”