Oracle Speeds Up Large Backup Workloads With New ZFS Appliance

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-04-30 Print this article Print

Oracle said the ZFS Backup Appliance can back up full workloads at speeds up to 20TB per hour and up to 9.4TB per hour for full restore.

Oracle is certainly in product launch mode right now.

On April 30, the database, the middleware and data center equipment giant launched a new Zettabyte File System (ZFS) Backup Appliance to go with its other engineered-together systems, including the Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud server and its SPARC SuperCluster rack servers.

A week ago, Oracle updated its super-fast ZFS network-attached storage system along with its main JD Edwards business services application--the latter of which is only redone once every few years. On April 9, the company added new analytics capabilities for its StorageTek tape systems.

Fast File System I/O is the Key

ZFS is a combined file system and logical volume manager designed by Sun Microsystems as part of the Solaris operating system. ZFS was announced in September 2004, and source code for ZFS was integrated into the main trunk of Solaris development in October 2005. ZFS is the file system that powers all of Oracle's data center hardware; Oracle acquired Sun in January 2010 to inherit ZFS and all its features.

If the ZFS Backup Appliance were a motor vehicle, it would be breaking speed records. Oracle said its ZFS Backup Appliance packs the throughput to back up full workloads at speeds up to 20 terabytes per hour and up to 9.4TB per hour for full restore--way above most other systems' published benchmarks.

The appliance's fast I/O movement is based on backups of unique data and does not require additional host-side software or CPU resources, Oracle said.

Self-Healing Architecture

The appliance also features predictive self-healing analytics and a fault-management architecture that automatically detects and diagnoses underlying problems, Oracle said. End-to-end data check-summing also automatically checks and repairs corrupted data down to the bit level.

Because it works natively with Oracle Recovery Manager, using a direct connection via TCP/IP over InfiniBand, the ZFS Backup Appliance eliminates the need for additional servers and expensive third-party backup software, Oracle said.

The ZFS Backup Appliance is available in two configurations: high performance and high capacity, and it comes pre-racked and cabled. 

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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