Oracle Updates ZFS NAS System, JD Edwards Application

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-04-23 Print this article Print

The company unveiled its Sun-developed ZFS Storage 7420 network-attached storage (NAS) appliance. In software, Oracle upgraded JD Edwards' Enterprise One application to v.9.1.

Oracle was busy on April 23, releasing several new products involving the data center equipment and application sides of its business.

In hardware, Orace updated to the third generation its Sun-developed ZFS Storage 7420 network-attached storage (NAS) appliance. In software, the company upgraded its JD Edwards Enterprise One application for midrange enterprises with some industry-specific improvements.

The 7420 NAS system for data centers now has options that include a two-node, high-availability controller with up to 2TB of memory, up to 11TB of flash-based read/write cache and 80 processing cores, allowing the system to handle more concurrent enterprise applications and support more virtual machines.

Sun ZFS storage appliances also offer larger 3TB, capacity-optimized SAS-2 hard disk drives within its fully automated Hybrid Storage Pool environment. These new drives complement legacy 15,000-rpm SAS-2 drives and enable the 7420 appliance to scale to more than 1.7PB in total capacity, if needed.

And more and more storage administrators are discovering that they are looking at petabyte and multipetabyte requirements for the future, due to ever-increasing size of data loads in general.

The ZFS storage appliances are the only NAS products engineered directly to Oracle's software stack, from Oracle Applications to Oracle Database and Oracle VM, as well as the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4.

On the software side, the JD Edwards suite of ERA and CRM applications has been given a makeover to v.9.1. New functionalities, according to Oracle, include:

  • For manufacturing enterprises: A project enhancement that provides visibility and demand tracking throughout the manufacturing process, allowing users to review all related supply orders impacting an end customer order to help ensure the project stays on track.
  • Life sciences: Electronic batch record and device history record enhancement, which provides life science organizations with support for FDA-validated manufacturing processes by providing an audit trail over incident capture and resolution.
  • New industry-specific business processes and capabilities for organizations in the food and beverage, agribusiness, real estate and professional services industries that support compliance requirements and enhance business productivity.
  • Support for Global Locator Number (GLN), which helps organizations in consumer goods and other industries facilitate legislative compliance to seamlessly manage regulations.
  • Country of origin tracking at the individual lot and serial number level that enables streamlined reporting by supporting import and export documentation requirements.
JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 also supports upgrades from Xe and higher releases of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, as well as migrations from Oracle€™s JD Edwards World A7.3 or higher.

The new products are available now, Oracle said. The company made the announcements at its Collaborate users conference in Las Vegas.

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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