Taking Advantage of Multicore/Multiprocessor Technologies to Meet Today’s Storage Needs

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Intelligent Storage: Data growth is not only driving up storage costs, but also transforming performance and efficiency requirements for storage systems. IDC estimated that in 2011, the amount of information created and replicated would surpass 1.8 zettabytes (1.8 trillion gigabytes) — growing by a factor of nine in just five years. This digital data is expected to grow 29X over the current decade, reaching 35,000 exabytes by 2020.

IT managers are looking for new storage solutions that can address today’s needs for managing large amounts of data. They want to do the following:
• Reduce the cost of storage administration by improving visibility and simplifying common administration tasks
• Deliver higher I/O throughput without the cost and complexity of a SAN solution
• Protect data integrity and prevent data loss or theft
• Reduce data center power and cooling costs

Oracle and Intel, as part of a broad strategic alliance, have been working together to ensure that Sun ZFS Storage Appliances are optimized to meet these challenges by unleashing the power and capabilities of current and future Intel Xeon processors. A key result of this collaboration has been the optimized use of the Oracle Solaris operating system as the ?foundation upon which the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance has been built. Oracle Solaris has long been optimized for Intel Xeon processors, and Sun ZFS Storage Appliances leverage these significant optimizations as well as many other innovations in the world’s leading enterprise operating system.

Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliances are unique in the industry in that they provide much more processing power than those of other major storage vendors. With up to 40 cores per controller, the Sun ZFS Storage 7420 system has 10 times as many cores as the NetApp FAS3270 filer, enabling it to perform complex processing for compression, deduplication, real-time storage analytics, and other advanced data services without slowing down I/O throughput.

While offering more power and larger memory configurations than competing solutions, Sun ZFS Storage Appliances do not cost more to own. They simply bring more value. By combining the multithreaded Oracle Solaris operating system with the powerful multicore Intel Xeon processor family, Sun ZFS Storage Appliances can deliver scalable performance, innovative data services, advanced reliability, and high energy efficiency.

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