Storage giant NetApp is updating its platform of dedicated storage systems, rolling out a faster all-flash array and improved platforms for branch offices and large enterprises.
The products introduced on Tuesday complement the company’s Data OnTap architecture for shared and cloud storage, according to Mark Welke, senior director of product marketing. All are designed to deliver high performance for applications with specific needs.
The E550 flash array is NetApp’s second all-flash system and offers higher capacity and performance than the current E540, which was introduced in February. The E550 will scale up to 96TB of storage, a significant boost over the 19.2TB that the current array can hold. It can read and write that data faster, achieving more than 400,000 IOPS (in/out operations per second) compared with about 300,000 IOPS in the E540, Welke said.
Within the next three months, IT shops will be able to increase the E550′s capacity still more, Welke said. NetApp is qualifying 1.6TB SSDs (solid-state drives) for use in the platform, which today is designed for drives no larger than 800GB. This add’s to Netapp’s already popular E5500 Flash Lineup.
The system is designed for use with a single application and is light on data management, leaving those tasks to the application, Welke said. NetApp will ship a multi-application flash platform called FlashRay, with data management features such as compression and in-line deduplication, in the first half of next year, he said.
For block-based data in branch offices and small and medium-sized organizations, NetApp introduced the E2700 Storage System. The hybrid SAN (storage area network) array is the followup to the E2600, which the company said has sold about 650,000 units.
The new array gets faster interfaces, with its SAS (Serial-Attached SCSI) connections advancing from 6Gbps (bits per second) to 12Gbps and its Fibre Channel going from 8Gbps to 16Gbps. The options for cache have also grown up, with the company offering 4GB, 8GB or 16GB. The biggest cache for the E2600 was 4GB, Welke said. Multiple E2700 arrays can be combined for a total capacity of 768TB, he said.
Also on Tuesday, NetApp announced its E5500 Storage System for the general enterprise market. The new hybrid SAN array is an update from the E5400 with the same interface improvements as on the E2700. NetApp had introduced an early version of the product earlier this year that was configured specifically for HPC (high-performance computing) applications.
With some modifications, the E5500 is suited to any setting that calls for large-scale block storage, Welke said. The HPC version is still available. The array can be useful for vertical applications such as health care and video, and there is a reference model for use with the Hadoop big-data analytics technology, he said. The maximum capacity of the E5500 is 1.54PB.
All 3 products will be available by the beginning of 2013, according to NetApp. Contact Greentec Systems for more information.
This months IBM special blow-out special. Refurbished IBM 8204-E8A Server Model E8A. This special pricing goes into effect 12/6/13 until 12/31/13. We are accepting pre-orders now, good until supplies last. Price is over 80% off of list price. Please contact us for more information.
Server specs and information can be found here.
8204-E8A Server 1:8204 Model E8A 1 5,509.001877 Op Panel Cable for Rack-mount Drawer w/3.5 1 6.00 DASD 2146 Primary OS – AIX 1 N/C
Condition: Seller Refurbished to Perfect Working Order
Total IBM List Price USD 95,531, Greentec Discount Price $3,750
Oracle reported its fourth quarter fiscal 2013 earnings late Thursday, showing growth in some areas but decline in others.
For the quarter, Oracle reported revenue of $10.9 billion, which is unchanged from the prior year. Net income was reported at $3.8 billion, which is a 10 percent year-over-year gain.
On the Hardware Systems Products front, revenues came in at $849 million, Hardware Systems Support revenue was reported at $582 million.
Oracle Engineered Systems category, which includes the company’s Exa-class systems, remained a bright spot for the company. “Revenue was up approximately 50 percent, as we took considerable market share from our primary competitor IBM P-Series, which was down 32 percent in their most recent quarter,” Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said during his company’s earnings call. “All our Exa products — Exadata, Exalogic, Exalytics and the Big Data Appliance and the Oracle Database Appliance — all had their best ever quarters.”
Oracle’s Exa-class systems are what Oracle refers to as “Engineered Systems,” containing compute, networking, storage and applications in an integrated chassis. The Exadata is the database machine and was most recently updated in October of 2012 with the Exadata X3 machine. Oracle Exalogic The Exalogic is a Java Middleware-optimized box and was last updated with the Exalogic 2.0 release.
Ellison said that in bookings, his company sold over 1200 engineering systems in the fourth quarter, including more than 600 Exadata boxes.
“For the year, we sold over 3,000 Engineered Systems, more than all the previous years combined,” Ellison said. “Tesco, Fidelity, Siemens, McGraw-Hill, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Saudi Telecom — to name just a few of the companies that bought Engineered Systems this past quarter.”
The Engineered Systems now represent over one-third of Oracle’s hardware revenues.
SPARC – The current family of Exa-class Engineered Systems are all powered by Intel x86 chips running on Oracle Linux.
Oracle’s SPARC servers that run Solaris were updated in March of this year with the new T5 and M5.
Ellison cautioned that it is still “early days” for the T5, though he is encouraged by the numbers he has seen so far in terms of the order pipeline. He added that there is a large installed base of SPARC users for Oracle to go after.
“With the continued rapid growth of our now much larger engineered systems business [and] both of our new high performance SPARC T5 and M5 servers, we just might see overall hardware growth this Q1, and we will see overall hardware growth for the full fiscal year,” Ellison said. For more information on Oracle SPARC servers, contact Greentec Systems.
BitCoin, the currency that uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; managing transactions and the issuing of bitcoins is carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is open-source; its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part. Through many of its unique properties, Bitcoin allows exciting uses that could not be covered by any previous payment system.
BitCoin’s popular in the market place has skyrocketed in the last year. Greentec Systems is currently looking into the technology to offer its clients as an additional way to purchase their goods and services. With overall lower fee’s and a global standard rate, BitCoin is rapidly becoming a payment choice amongst businesses. See the video below to learn more about BitCoin
Come join Greentec Systems at the San Francisco Green Festival November 9-10. The nation’s premier green living event San Francisco Green Festival returns for its twelfth year to the San Francisco Concourse November 9-10. This year’s San Francisco Green Festival will be the best in its 12 year history, with over 350 of the country’s premier green businesses and organizations under one roof. A project of two leading nonprofits, Green America and Global Exchange, Green Festival is the place to bring the entire family and celebrate San Francisco’s sustainable community with hundreds of local and national green businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Keynote speakers include Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!), John Perkins (Bestselling Author, “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”), Raphael Sbarge (Actor and Founder, Green Wish), Xav Dubois (Founder and CEO, Evox Television), John Trudell (Hempstead Project Heart), an eco-fashion show hosted by by Le Dessein, and a special screening of the acclaimed documentary, “GMO OMG.”
Get your holiday shopping done early in the nation’s bets green marketplace. Vote at the festival for a local San Francisco nonprofit to take home a $5,000 Ford Community Green Grant. Ride your bicycle and use the Clif Bar Bike Valet, or bring 4 cans of food to donate to the CBS 5/KPIX SF Foodbank Food Drive for free entry! See the full Event Guide at http://grnfe.st/eg-sf-2013. Tickets HERE.
Oracle’s new ZFS (Zettabyte File System) ZS3 ZS3-4 series made its introduction this week. They are the only storage appliances 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.
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. “These will run quite well with commodity and other types of legacy hardware and software,” Oracle 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 storage arrays also take advantage of Oracle-only storage features and capabilities, such as the new Oracle Intelligent Storage Protocol (OISP), which automates Oracle Database tuning and administration.
The ZS3′s SMP operating system fully uses a next-generation architecture, massive cache and multi-core processors to provide users with over 32G bps of sustained bandwidth within a single system. This enables ZS3 to support thousands of virtual machines per system, thus handling extremely highly threaded I/O that saturates conventional NAS filers, leading to filer sprawl.
DTrace Storage Analytics, a standard feature of Oracle ZFS storage appliances, enables customers to troubleshoot 44 percent faster with 38 percent less complexity than NetApp FAS3270, according to an independent study.
The ZFS storage appliances can be pre-ordered this month from Sun and will be available from Greentec Systems at the beginning of the year.
Refurbished ZS3 / ZS3-4 systems will be available for order staring June 2014.
One of the big players in the world of storage hardware, NetApp, offers an extensive range of products that are arranged in four primary categories:
1. NetApp FAS Series
NetApp FAS systems are based on a unified architecture to consolidate workloads and protocols (both SAN and NAS). The FAS family features the FAS2000, FAS3200 and FAS6200. These systems can scale to meet the needs of midsize enterprises up to large enterprises and service providers. All run the NetApp Data ONTAP operating environment and OnCommand management software.
“The FAS2000 series cost effectively provides the flexible scalability that’s needed to accommodate sudden changes and growth, particularly in midsized companies, remote/branch offices and enterprise departments,” said Chris Davidson, vice president, Product and Solutions Marketing, at NetApp. “The systems are easy to deploy and manage, plus they don’t require extensive storage expertise, which reduces administration overhead.”
The FAS3200 series is a modular building block for shared storage. Davidson said it does well for apps running in virtualized environments.
The FAS6200 series is the top of the line. It is designed for large-scale shared IT infrastructure. Davidson said it can handle the largest enterprise applications and the most demanding technical workloads as well as supporting cloud environments for service providers.
While other vendors have jumped on the unified storage bandwagon, NetApp lays claim to being the first–almost a decade ago. The company sees this unification phenomenon continuing in the years to come. So it continues to invest heavily in this line to deal with ongoing trends, such as cloud, virtualization, big data, efficient IT, flexible IT and automated storage tiering.
2. NetApp V-Series
Further on the storage unification theme, the NetApp V-Series is a consolidation platform.
“Organizations continue to tighten their IT budgets and determine the best pathways for consolidating their IT infrastructure,” said Davidson. “Many are turning to NetApp V-Series to unify their non NetApp storage environments and achieve increased efficiencies, reduce costs, and improve data protection.”
The value of this approach is showing up in increased sales. It is one of the company’s fastest growing products, with 70 percent year-over-year growth and more than 5,000 units shipped.
The V-Series is the industry’s first family of open storage controllers. As such, it can simultaneously manage SAN and NAS storage through one device, including third-party storage arrays–including EMC, IBM, HP and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS )–as though they were NetApp storage.
Davidson cites dramatic cost cuts by using features such as NetApp Data ONTAP deduplication and other storage efficiency features to reclaim capacity. Replication is also thrown in via SnapMirror software.
The E-Series is NetApp’s name for new platforms resulting from the acquisition of Engenio. Aimed at the storage stress resulting from high-performance computing (HPC) applications, NetApp offers full-motion video storage built on the E-Series Platform that enables, for example, government agencies to take advantage of full-motion video and improve battlefield intelligence. Additionally, NetApp offers a Hadoop Storage Solution on the E-Series that is designed to enable real-time or near-real-time data analysis of larger and more complex datasets.
The E2600 takes a more customized approach, providing multiple enclosure options to tailor it to any environment. Its 24-drive shelf maximizes performance per U with low power utilization, and the 60-drive shelf supports up to 120TB for maximum rack density.
“The E2600 offers interface flexibility,” said Davidson. “Its SAS interface is tailored for high-performance direct-attach solutions, and iSCSI and FC interface options enable the E2600 to integrate into any SAN.”
The NetApp E7900 storage system is positioned to handle the rigors of both heavy computational workloads and bandwidth-sensitive streaming environments. Its dense enclosure along with redundant I/O path protection features and diagnostic capabilities are targeted at users who require sequential throughput and heavy transactional IOPs. Self-encrypting drives provide security for data at rest.
“The E-Series is ideal for high-performance environments with massive amounts of critical data and computing demands that require enterprise-class scalability and reliability,” said Davidson.
NetApp plans to keep its FAS and E-Series lines firmly separate.
“Its unified architecture based on Data ONTAP will continue to target IT and cloud infrastructure markets while Engenio will focus on the big bandwidth applications, such as full motion video capture, digital video surveillance, and seismic and weather modeling,” said Hill. “NetApp bets that the big bandwidth market will be an essential part of big data along with big analytics and content repositories.”
4. NetApp Flash Cache
NetApp customers looking to improve performance and storage efficiency have purchased more than a PB of NetApp Flash Cache capacity since its introduction in September 2009, as a flash/solid state drive (SSD) product that can be deployed in automated storage tiering or other use cases. The company recently doubled the size of available Flash Cache cards with the introduction of a 1TB version in May 2011.
“NetApp Flash Cache speeds access to active data by caching it in the storage controller,” said Davidson. “This optimizes the storage system performance and reduces costs by enabling the use of fewer, larger disk drives.”
By incorporating flash memory as intelligent cache in its unified storage systems, for example, users can improve performance for workloads that are random or read-intensive, such as file services, messaging, online transactional processing (OLTP) databases and server/desktop virtualization.”
Up to 16TB of intelligent read cache can be configured in a storage system using Flash Cache cards. These modules are said to be easy to install and automatically cache data under high demand. Read times are at least 10 times faster than those of hard disk drives.
“Using flash memory to automatically cache frequently accessed data gives customers the speed and accessibility they need without sacrificing simplicity and efficiency,” said Davidson. “Caching can give customers an easy, cost-effective way to apply solid state technology for better storage system performance.”
Coming off a big high from his win at the Americas Cup, Larry Ellison & Oracle is aiming to accelerate database performance with a new in-memory database capability and new hardware that will help to enable it.
“When you put data in memory you do that to make the system go faster,” Ellison said. “So now the results are instantaneous, at the speed of thought, with answers coming back faster than you can ask the questions.”
Ellison said that Oracle’s new 12c in-memory database option enables queries to run 100 times faster than traditional disk-based approaches to database queries. He added that transactions in the database are also an order of magnitude faster as well.
The key to how Oracle’s 12c in-memory option makes transactions faster is due to the fact that the database now stores data in both column and row formats. The columnar database bits are stored in memory, which eliminates the need for the on-disk database to store certain classes of index files.
Ellison explained that-replacing analytic indexes in databases with an in-memory column store makes online transaction processing much faster. The in-memory option can enable an Oracle database to process data queries at a rate of several billion rows per second.
“We can process data at ungodly speeds,” Ellison said.
Getting the new in-memory option to run on Oracle database 12c is a relatively simple matter, according to Ellison.
“Flip a switch and all your existing applications run much faster,” Ellison boasted. “Everything runs with no changes to SQL or your applications, everything that works today, works with the in-memory option turned on.”
Ellison added that the whole database doesn’t have to be in memory to take advantage of the in-memory options. Some data can be on disk, and it can be migrated to memory based on usage and access patterns.
Server Hardware; The in-memory capabilities of Oracle Database 12c will also benefit from a new class of system from Oracle that is all about memory. Dubbed the “Big Memory Machine” by Ellison, the new M6-32 system delivers a staggering 32 TB of DRAM.
The M6-32 is powered by 32 of Oracle’s new SPARC M6 processors. Each of the M6 processors packs 12 cores running at 3.6 GHz.
The new M6-32 is being announced six months after Oracle announced the M5-32 system. The M5-32 could also deliver up to 32 TB of DRAM, though each M5 SPARC chip is a six-core 3.6 GHz design.
Ellison explained that the M6-32 is also available as a SuperCluster machine, meaning it can be paired with an Oracle Exadata storage cell. In that configuration the Big Memory Machine can be used to put an entire database into memory with the Exadata database machine employed for the storage subsystem.
The Data Center of the Future; The Data center of the future is one that Ellison sees as a heterogeneous space for server vendors. He noted that what people are buying for the core of the data center are commodity Intel two-socket servers, running virtualized Linux interconnected by Ethernet.
“That stuff is not good for everything,” Ellison. Oracle purpose-built engineered systems are all about delivering better performance and cost for certain use cases. Ellison stressed that using Oracle Engineered systems can be more reliable than mixing and matching software and commodity hardware components. The fact that Oracle can accommodate that is a big opportunity for Oracle.
This month we here at Greentec Systems celebrate our 5th anniversary! Over the last 5 years we have grown our business into new sectors and industries, and beyond just the growth of the business, Greentec Systems has donated thousands of dollars toward more conscious green initiatives. We look forward to another 5 years of growth and contribution and want to thank all of our partners and customers who have supported our mission for the last few years. Our gratitude runs very deep.
From the Greentec Systems family, a big ‘THANK YOU”!