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IBM POWER8 Servers

Do you run Windows loads? Are those loads exclusive to Windows? If yes, that's the only case where you cannot take advantage of POWER8 Systems.For all the other cases, workloads run better on POWER8. It doesn't matter if they are OLTP or web servers, in AIX, IBM i or Linux (Big Endian OR Little Endian), POWER8 Systems can run it. For HPC or AI cases where you need powerful GPU-CPU communication, POWER8 Machines have you covered as well, boasting better training times for AI models.
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Oracle ZFS

In our case, we use ZFS to store MySQL data. Our MySQL data is of paramount importance, and we need to ensure that the storage that it is kept on is not only fast but also reliable. We can not risk an event that would wipe out all our data. For this reason, we use ZFS to create software RAIDZ to maximize storage redundancy on each MySQL server. We also utilize the ZFS instant snapshot tools to get fully consistent backups of our data without needing to take servers offline for hours at a time.The snapshotting tools are excellent, and allow you to migrate the snapshot data off disk very easily, and import it onto new disks just as easily (so restoring from backups is a cinch).We find ZFS to be a perfect solution for this use case, and I'd expect anyone with similar requirements would see the same benefits.
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Pros

IBM POWER8 Servers

  • Each CPU core is more powerful than x86, which lowers licensing costs.
  • RAS features of the platform surpass any commodity server, even in the lowest models.
  • The HMC allows easy management of LPARs, and even migration between machines.
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Oracle ZFS

  • Software RAIDZ. Create storage arrays using best available RAID technologies for excellent disk stability
  • Array images and backups. Allows administrators to instantly create disk snapshots, to minimize time disk is unavailable (on the order of seconds, not minutes or hours).
  • Automatic de-deduplication/compression. ZFS will automatically de-dedup data on disk, allowing for more efficient use of the entire disk for unique data. It will also automatically compress data stored on the disk, allowing for even more usage of the available disk space. Great for infrequently accessed backups (There is some performance cost to compression).
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Cons

IBM POWER8 Servers

  • The noise levels for the scale-out machines are too much for small offices.
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Oracle ZFS

  • The CLI tools have a bit of a learning curve to them, there are a lot of tools and commands available. Learning all of them is a large task.
  • The documentation is very dense. This is great, but makes it hard to get up to speed, incrementally, quickly.
  • It's still (relatively) new, so I'd expect getting buy-in from larger enterprises to be a bit of an up-hill battle.
  • Deploying on an existing system requires a completely separate storage array, as you need to reformat and set-up the storage devices without any data on them. This might be prohibitively expensive on time or resources to deploy on existing storage infrastructures.
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Alternatives Considered

IBM POWER8 Servers

When deciding on servers to run our critical applications IBM Power systems are always at the top of our list. The tradition of reliability, performance and security is unmatched in the industry. We have a large VMware environment running x86 servers but they mainly support windows based applications like exchange
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Oracle ZFS

ZFS is so far beyond the other filesystems available right now, offering full suites of tools for data management, backup, recovery, maintenance, monitoring, etc. It's not even fair to compare them.
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Return on Investment

IBM POWER8 Servers

  • POWER8 Machines have allowed our customers to stay current on hardware and software, and to comply with the security standards required for communication.
  • Newer and faster machines have solved bottlenecks in our customers' workflows, meeting their growing demands.
  • POWER8 Introduces support for little endian Linux, which solves a problem some customers had when migrating to POWER8 Systems (the specific code that had endian-ness dependencies).
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Oracle ZFS

  • Less risk in data loss, due to higher stability and better disk level backup features
  • Faster recovery times in the event of failure, minimizing offline time in the event of failure
  • Great disk performance and stability, less failures means less down time.
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Pricing Details

IBM POWER8 Servers

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Oracle ZFS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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