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Oracle makes a small enhancement to its virtual compute appliance

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October 16, 2014

Oracle said earlier today that it has made a small but notable enhancement to its virtual compute appliance (VCA). It will now offer support for external fibre channel storage.

The VCA is Oracle's so-called engineered system for virtualization and is designed to offer everything one needs to run VMs, all packaged into a single convenient unit.

Oracle even recommends its own ZFS Storage Appliance as the ideal external storage, should you chose not to use the onboard storage and adding extra VCAs as your scaling option.

The notion that enterprise customers would ignore their existing storage assets when standing up a VCA is a bit surprising.

And with the new 2.01 version of the appliance announced today there's also support for fibre channel storage as well.

That's surely a recognition that there's still a lot of legacy storage out there that Oracle customers want to hook up to their VCAs.

And perhaps there's also a hint that ZFS appliances aren't exactly setting the world on fire either.

Oracle this week told us that it has passed the 10,000 engineered systems sold milestone. The company's most recent results announcement also saw it tell the market hardware sales are up two percentage points over 2013.

Of course, that's surely not a colossal number, but any growth is welcome given the cloud's potential to reduce hardware sales. We'll keep you posted on these and other developments.

Source: Oracle.

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