Oracle ZFS Archived Reviews (More than two years old)

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Network Manager at a local government with 51-200 employees
Jul 23 2012

What is most valuable?

Simply amazing filesystem. This is years ahead of most other filesystems. The IT community has been waiting for someone to redesign the filesystem instead of changing or upgrading year after year. ZFS is self-redundant, meaning no expensive RAID controllers or rebuilds. Compression is built in, and you can even use deduplication.

What needs improvement?

Drive scrubbing needs to be run every week for consumer drives, and every month for enterprise drives.

What other advice do I have?

This truly an up-to-date filesystem with advanced features. Deduplication is a must in many enterprise environments. It is very flexible and surprisingly fast. While ZFS uses more ram than other filesystems, there is not a need to upgrade servers. It scales according to your system.
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Database Expert at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 21 2012

What is most valuable?

A new kind of a file system which seems to have been written from scratch.It is a pooled storage model that and volumes are no longer needed. Thousands of file systems can draw from a common storage pool, each one consuming only as much space as it actually needs.Every block is checksummed an even silent data corruption cannot happen.If one copy is damaged, ZFS detects it and uses another copy to… more»

What needs improvement?

While we did not experience any performance issues with ZFS , it seems it is quite possible to run into performance issues especially with NFS mounts.

What other advice do I have?

Administration of ZFS is quite simple . No separate filesystem creation step is required. The mount of the filesystem is automatic and does not require vfstab maintenance. It takes away any limits posed on the file sizes that can handles on a file system.

What is Oracle ZFS?

Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance delivers leading performance and superior efficiency in enterprise-class network-attached storage (NAS) environments, accelerating business functions, and reducing complexity. This first application-engineered storage system provides unique integration points with Oracle Database which automate storage tuning and data lifecycle management, reduce capacity requirements, and lower TCO.
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Oracle ZFS customers
Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., Hospital AlemÊo Oswaldo Cruz, DB Schenker Rail, Asia Commercial Bank, First Alliance Bank Zambia Limited, Ricoh Company Ltd., CyberSolutions Inc., NARA INSTITUTE of SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY, SunGard Availability Services, B&H PhotoVideo,