Oracle's new ZS3 Series made its debut this week. Oracle's ZFS (Zettabyte File System) storage appliances are the only storage systems with real-time, dynamic application-aware performance and health analytics, enabling customers to visualize CPU, cache, protocol, disk, memory, networking and system-related data — all at the same time, according to Oracle.
The new ZS3 systems deliver an advanced cache architecture and multi-threaded SMP (symmetrical multiprocessing) operating system, which the company claims enables higher throughput, lower latency, and better price/performance compared to competing products from NetApp, EMC, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard.
And unlike some other engineered-together Oracle systems, the ZFS storage appliances do not require Oracle servers and software, Jason Schaffer, Oracle Senior Director of Storage Product Marketing, told eWEEK.
"These will run quite well with commodity and other types of legacy hardware and software," Jason Schaffer, Oracle senior director of Storage Product Marketing, said. "However, for them to run optimally and get the highest level of performance, we of course recommend our own servers and Oracle Database 12."
The ZFS storage appliances can be pre-ordered this week and will be available later this month.