Oracle to Acquire ZFS Technology Provider GreenBytes

Oracle said it has agreed to acquire GreenBytes, a provider of ZFS technology with domain expertise in the areas of deduplication, replication, and virtualization. Oracle said that GreenBytes' technology complements its own storage solutions and is expected to enhance Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliances. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2014.

Oracle also said it is now reviewing the existing GreenBytes product roadmap and will be providing guidance to customers in line with its standard communication policies.

ZFS is a file system developed by Solaris and originally was an acronym for zettabyte file system. 

GreenBytes, founded in 2007 and based in Providence, Rhode Island,  delivers patented IO-Offload desktop virtualization storage optimization software that maximizes the effective performance and capacity of existing infrastructure to provide persistent, full-featured virtual desktops with the manageability, scalability and affordability required for cloud-scale VDI deployments.  GreenBytes’ website lists VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, Fusion-io, Symantec, Desktone, Dell, ClearCube, and Lakeside Software among its partners.

Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance delivers network-attached storage (NAS) capabilities. The application-engineered storage system offers a platform that complements the high-throughput requirements of Oracle engineered systems, Oracle Exadata, Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, and Oracle servers. And, as the only storage platform engineered with Oracle Solaris, Oracle says the  ZFS Storage Appliance is the best storage system for Solaris 11.2. It provides immediate space, management, and cost benefits for customers using NAS for demanding mixed-load-workloads enterprise applications, virtualization, storage consolidation, test and development, business intelligence/data warehousing, and data protection.

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At an event in NYC, Oracle president Mark Hurd and EVP John Fowler unveiled Solaris 11.2, which represents an evolution from operating system to a complete platform, they said. The phenomena of cloud and engineered systems are driven by the same requirement, which is the need to transfer work from the IT budget to the R&D budget to make things work more efficiently, observed Hurd, who asked, "Who really wants to glue an operating system to a server?"

Posted April 30, 2014