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This page is intended to be a one stop shop for links to blogs and articles about the Sun 7000 Series and the Fishworks.  It is organized roughly into the following categories:

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Reviews and Testimonials

IT Pro gives the 7410 a rating of 5 stars out of 6, and gives it an Editor's Choice award.
http://www.itpro.co.uk/610529/sun-storage-7410-unified-storage-system-review

Infoworld reviews the Sun Storage 7210, and rates it 9.2 out of 10.
http://www.infoworld.com/article/09/02/19/07TC-sun-storage_2.html

PC Pro shares a very positive review of the Sun Storage 7110
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/245627/sun-storage-7110-unified-storage-system.html

iWeb blog post on why they chose the 7410, and the value they are able to provide to their customers as a result of this decision.
http://blog.iweb.com/en/2008/12/iweb-acquires-the-sun-storage-7410-for-its-storage-area-network/1557.html

Rick Yazwinski of Tucows and OpenSRS shares his experiences testing the Sun Storage 7410, and how it compares with their NetApp 3040.
http://opensrs.com/blog/2008/12/testing-suns-open-storage-platform/

ILM Informatique reviews the 7110
http://www.ilm-informatique.fr/review/fishworks_sun_com/

7000 Series Architecture

Dave Pacheco talks about how the 7000 Series not only detects faults, but how it adapts to keep your data moving.
http://blogs.oracle.com/dap/entry/fault_management

Dave Pacheco shows us the power and value of compression in the 7000 Series...
http://blogs.oracle.com/dap/entry/zfs_compression
http://blogs.oracle.com/dap/entry/compression_followup

Ryan Matthews answers common questions on SSD integration into the 7000 Series
http://blogs.oracle.com/rdm/entry/q_a_on_hybrid_storage

Eric Schrock discusses storage configuration
http://blogs.oracle.com/eschrock/entry/fishworks_storage_configuration

Keith Weslowski describes the clustering technology of the 7000 Series
http://blogs.oracle.com/wesolows/entry/low_availability_clusters

Bill Pijewski shares how we interoperate with Windows
http://blogs.oracle.com/wdp/entry/windows_interoperability

Adam Leventhal explains what we mean by Hybrid Storage Pool
http://blogs.oracle.com/ahl/entry/fishworks_launch

More detail from Adam Leventhal on why we chose to implement Hybrid Storage versus the alternatives and how the industry is moving
http://blogs.oracle.com/ahl/entry/shadow_of_hsp

An explanation of how we use write optimized SSDs for the ZFS intent log, and what happens if it fails
http://blogs.oracle.com/rdm/entry/zil_ssd_and_other_fun

Brendan Gregg explains L2ARC (the second layer cache in the 7000 Series) in detail
http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/test

Cindi McGuire shares information on Fishworks and the Appliance Kit.

http://blogs.oracle.com/cindi/entry/fishworks_draft

Dave Pacheco describes how we added user support for HTTP file access
http://blogs.oracle.com/dap/entry/user_support_for_http

Eric Schrock discusses the Fault Management Architecture and how it ties into Fishworks

http://blogs.oracle.com/eschrock/entry/zfs_fma_hotplug_and_fishworks

Greg Price talks about JBOD architecture and how Fishworks talks to disks
http://blogs.oracle.com/greg/entry/welcome_to_fishworks

Mike Shapiro's white paper on how we maximize RAS using the Sun Storage 7000 series
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/articles/systems-hardware-architecture/unifiedstorageras-163699.pdf

7000 Series Performance

Low Level Performance

Brendan Gregg shares his performance limits on the 7410. I hate to give things away, but it can achieve over 281,000 IOPS and over 2GB/s !
http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/my_sun_storage_7410_perf

Brendan is at it again, this time sharing his performance limits for the 7310
http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/my_sun_storage_7310_perf

Brendan shows exactly how the 7000 Series takes advantage of the log device to reduce latency by as much as 2000%!
http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/slog_screenshots

Brendan uses Analytics to show that the L2ARC really turbocharges read performance
http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/l2arc_screenshots

Brendan Gregg's three part series with tips for performance-testing the 7000 Series

  1. http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/performance_testing_the_7000_series1
  2. http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/performance_testing_the_7000_series2
  3. http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/performance_testing_the_7000_series3

Roch Bourbonnais explains what a performance invariant is, and what the invariants are on the 7410
http://blogs.oracle.com/roch/entry/sun_storage_7xxx_performance_invariants

RAID Rebuild Performance Sun Storage 7110 Unified Storage Array
http://blogs.oracle.com/bmseer/entry/raid_rebuild_performance_sun_storage

Low Level Performance Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage Array
http://blogs.oracle.com/bmseer/entry/low_level_performance_sun_storage
http://blogs.oracle.com/roch/entry/designing_performance_metrics_for_sun
http://blogs.oracle.com/hotnets/entry/analyzing_the_sun_storage_7000

Application Performance

Wowza Media Sun Storage 7210 Unified Storage Array
http://blogs.oracle.com/bmseer/entry/wowza_media_sun_storage_7210
http://blogs.oracle.com/cdnperf/entry/a_video_streaming_solution_using

ANSYS using Sun Storage 7410 with the Sun Blade X6250
http://blogs.oracle.com/bmseer/entry/ansys_using_sun_storage_7410

Web 2.0 Consolidation Sun Storage 7410 Unified storage array
http://blogs.oracle.com/bmseer/entry/web_2_0_consolidation_sun
http://blogs.oracle.com/mheckel/entry/sun_storage_7410_unified_storage

Database Performance and Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage Array

http://blogs.oracle.com/bmseer/entry/database_performance_and_sun_storage

Analytics

Brendan Gregg shares his vision of art nouveau
http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/latency_art_x_marks_the

Brendan Gregg explains Heat Map Analytics and shares some interesting uses for the powerful technology
http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/heat_map_analytics

Brendan Gregg shares the bizarre Rainbow Pterodactyl Analytics worksheet and what it actually means
http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/latency_art_rainbow_pterodactyl

Brendan Gregg shares how Analytics helped him realize that shouting is a bad thing
http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/unusual_disk_latency

Brendan Gregg shares his experience using Analytics to troubleshoot a JBOD performance problem that turned out to be human error
http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/jbod_analytics_example

Brendan recounts how Analytics was able to assist in diagnosing a network configuration problem on a 7410 in his lab
http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/networking_analytics_example

After posting a bunch of L2ARC analytics, Brendan shares some additional detail about how Analytics can show the latency of DRAM
http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/dram_latency

Brendan continues to blog up a storm, this time sharing some of his more interesting Analytics screenshots
http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/latency_art_rainbow_pterodactyl
http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/heat_map_analytics

Peter Galvin (of OS textbook Silberschatz and Galvin fame) has an in-depth article on Analytics in this month's ;login: (the USENIX magazine)
http://www.galvin.info/2009-02my-latest-column-at-login or pdf http://www.galvin.info/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/2009-02-galvin.pdf

Dave Pacheco shares how we created an Apache module in order to deliver Analytics for HTTP and WebDAV
http://blogs.oracle.com/dap/entry/http_webdav_analytics

General Interest

Adam Leventhal discusses the merits of mirroring Solid State Disks
http://blogs.oracle.com/ahl/entry/mirroring_flash_ssds

Adam Leventhal shares the story behind the creation of the Sun Storage VM
http://blogs.oracle.com/ahl/entry/fishworks_vm

Bryan Cantrill delivers a eulogy for SPEC SFS, a benchmark that has outlived its usefulness...
http://blogs.oracle.com/bmc/entry/eulogy_for_a_benchmark

...then NetApp responds to Bryan's euglogy for SPEC SFS, and in turn, Bryan dissects their response
http://blogs.oracle.com/bmc/entry/moore_s_outlaws

Adam Leventhal responds to a Flash Roundup article by the 'Storage Anarchist'...
http://blogs.oracle.com/ahl/entry/dancing_with_the_anarchist

...and then follows up a few days later with more detail about the bias of the author!
http://blogs.oracle.com/ahl/entry/more_anarchy

Eric Schrock discusses how much work it was to build the Storage 7000 Series software
http://blogs.oracle.com/eschrock/entry/how_much_work_was_it

Adam Leventhal shares some information about a presentation he delivered at WISH '09 (Workshop for Integrating Solid State Memory into the Storage Hierarchy)...
http://blogs.oracle.com/ahl/entry/hsp_wish_2009

...and updates the world on Sun's introduction of the Flash drives for Servers, and the Open Flash Module
http://blogs.oracle.com/ahl/entry/ssd_announcement
This blog entry contains links to various presentations on the 7000 Series delivered at CEC 2008
http://blogs.oracle.com/fishworks/entry/cec_presentations

Adam Leventhal shares how the 7000 Series determines storage configuration, and provides a space calculator that can be used with a live system or Virtual Machine
http://blogs.oracle.com/ahl/entry/sun_storage_7410_space_calculator

This site includes a power calculator to help plan for your new 7410
http://blogs.oracle.com/fishworks/entry/running_the_numbers

Bryan Cantrill tells the story of how Fishworks and the Sun Storage 7000 Series came to be
http://blogs.oracle.com/bmc/entry/fishworks_now_it_can_be

Cindi McGuire shares the visual representation of the Fishworks code over time
http://blogs.oracle.com/cindi/entry/a_whimsical_look_at_fishworks

Mike Shapiro talks about the "big picture" with Fishworks and where we're going
http://blogs.oracle.com/mws/entry/introducing_the_sun_storage_7000

Gene Ruth of The Burton Group talks about SSD in Enterprise Storage with a nod to the 7000 Series:

Turns out Sun uses SSDs tailored both for write performance to handle an internal logging function and then read optimized SSD to act essentially as a really large cache. All wrapped around their open-source ZFS file system hidden within the storage subsystem. Sun is demonstrating technology leadership by tightly integrating SSD technology into a complete storage subsystem - yes others have done a pluggable replacement for a HDD, but that's fairly obvious and less then optimal.

http://dcsblog.burtongroup.com/data_center_strategies/2008/11/ssds-based-subsystems-are-getting-interestingproceed-carefully.html

User Interface and Administration

Todd Patrick discusses the UI design issues surrounding the concept of storage Projects
http://blogs.oracle.com/tmp/entry/hidden_in_plain_view

Bill Pijewski explains what kiosk mode and session annotation are, and why you should care
http://blogs.oracle.com/wdp/entry/observability_for_everyone_kiosk_mode
http://blogs.oracle.com/wdp/entry/session_annotations

Bill Pijewski discusses how we implemented access control in the Fishworks Appliance Kit
http://blogs.oracle.com/wdp/entry/fine_grained_access_control

Brendan Gregg describes the features and capabilities of the 7000 Series Status Dashboard
http://blogs.oracle.com/brendan/entry/status_dashboard

Bryan Cantrill discusses the design decisions behind the CLI shell in the 7000 Series
http://blogs.oracle.com/bmc/entry/on_modalities_and_misadventures

Sun.com engineer Will Snow shares his experiences scripting the 7000 Series
http://blogs.oracle.com/was/entry/scripting_storage_amber_road_aka.

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