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Introduction to the Demos

Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances – Intro to the Demos of ZFS Storage Appliances (Part 4 of 6)


>> Mick:  What we’re going to do now then is demonstrate the system – demonstrate the software. I’ve got a machine here.




I’m actually running a virtual machine in the Oracle VM VirtualBox system. You can download the ready-made ZFS Storage Appliance Server with a whole bunch of emulated disk drives, which is what I’ll be doing.




But bear in mind, although I’m not really using the actual Storage Appliance, what I’m doing here is exactly the same as I would on many actual physical appliance. There’s no difference between what I’m going to show you and what actually happens on a physical machine.


We’re going to look at the initial power and configuration at which this thing is sitting, waiting for me to start. Part of the configuration requires knowledge of how we want the disks to be used. Do we want to use something like RAID 5? Do we want RAID 1, which is mirroring, and so forth? You’ll see how we have to decide. Using the different RAID levels, how we want to use the disks, which might depend a little bit on the load that we’re going to be using on this system.


Then we’re going to look at creating shares, including NFS and CIFS which is Microsoft file share. I’m going to be doing things like setting up a user account for demonstration purposes, a project. Project to use in the Storage Appliance to allow us to categorize the shares we want so when we have many shares and many users, projects will allow us to keep a handle on what’s going on.


You can also do things like iSCSCI which is the small computer interface (SCSCI disks) but using the network rather than the data cable. When you create an iSCSCI share it will be seen on your server as though it was a physical disk, so the Storage Appliance can do all the latest technology.




It obviously has lots of management facilities too and if you already have a database of users that you want to use and DNS servers then you can point the Storage Appliance at your active directory server, for example, or local DNS server. And you can authenticate users through an active directory, for example.


As Dave mentioned earlier, we’re expecting that you already know a little bit about the storage technology that we’re going to be talking about.




As I mentioned, managing the software is the same across all models. We’re actually running a simulator inside VirtualBox. If you’re interested, you can get VirtualBox under Windows, Linux, and Solaris but only on Intel hardware but not SPARC. And the VM image for the Storage Appliance for which we will provide a link, can be freely downloaded from Oracle anytime.




Just a note about SkillBuilders to let you know that we are involved in this technology by the day and we’ve got the resources, we have the certifications and the experience to help you evaluate the products, help you install them and help you maintain them on a day to day basis. That includes not only the Solaris operating system and the Storage Appliance system but also some great skills in the Oracle database itself and related technologies. If you’re interested then give us a call. There’s a number for you.


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