On Wednesday Oracle said that it has licensed VMware vSphere Storage APIs so that customers have a better time managing Oracle storage from VMware environments. VMware users and service providers will reportedly be able to more easily take advantage of the performance and efficiency available with Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliance and Pillar Axiom storage systems. Customers will also be able to streamline their data centers by consolidating storage onto fewer, higher performance storage systems.
According to the announcement, the license enables development across VMware's infrastructure, including:
- VMware vSphere API for Array Integration (VAAI),
- VMware vSphere API for Storage Awareness (VASA),
- VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM),
- VMware vSphere.
VMware users will be able to "efficiently" support thousands of virtual machines per storage appliance with snapshot and cloning technology that takes advantage of fast, efficient storage to radically reduce VMware costs.
"By deepening the integration of VMware infrastructure with Oracle storage systems, we are bringing VMware customers a new level of performance and value," said Mike Workman, senior vice president, storage solutions, Oracle. "We believe that customers deploying both cloud environments and traditional server virtualization will be able to serve dramatically more virtual machines per storage server, simplify solution scaling, streamline management, and reduce costs."
Wednesday's announcement adds expanded support of VMware environments to Oracle storage systems' existing support of VMware vSphere 5.1, Oracle VM, Oracle Solaris Zones, and Microsoft Hyper-V. VMware's vSphere 5.5 released back in September, and is part of the company's vCloud Suite 5.5 including vCloud Director 5.5, vCloud Networking and Security 5.5, and vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.5. No word on when Oracle will support the newer version of the VMware product line.
"With support for VMware vSphere Storage APIs, Oracle's NAS and SAN storage solutions provide joint customers with enhanced performance and efficiency that naturally complement the benefits of VMware virtualization and cloud solutions,” said John Gilmartin, vice president of Cloud Infrastructure Products, VMware.
Oracle's latest ZFS Storage Appliances include the ZS3-2 and the ZS3-4. Key applications include video streaming, file sharing, heavily virtualized environments, performance database and more. These appliances promise accelerated performance for all workloads up to five times, and decrease database storage requirements by twelve times. They also promise to reduce filer sprawl and complexity by consolidating workloads.
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