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Oracle® ZFS Storage Appliance Installation Guide

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Updated: November 2018

Overview of ZS3-2 Controller

This section provides an overview of the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 controller. For installation instructions, refer to Installing a ZS3-2 Controller. For service instructions, refer to Servicing the ZS3-2 Controller in Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Customer Service Manual.

ZS3-2 Physical Specifications

The ZS3-2 controller 2U chassis dimensions are as follows:

3.44 in./87.4 mm
20.25 in./514 mm
17.52 in./445 mm
41.23 lb/18.70 kg

ZS3-2 Electrical Specifications

The ZS3-2 controller electrical specifications are listed below. The power dissipation numbers listed are the maximum rated power numbers for the power supply. The numbers are not a rating of the actual power consumption of the appliance.


  • Two C13 connectors, which work on 110-220v outlets


  • Nominal frequencies: 50/60Hz (47 to 63 Hz range)

  • Nominal voltage range: 100 to 120/200 to 240 VAC

  • Maximum current AC RMS: 6.8 A @ 100-120 V / 3.4 A @ 200-240 V

  • AC operating range: 90-264 VAC


  • 3.3 VDC STBY: 3.0A

  • +12 VDC: 86.7A

Power Dissipation

  • Max power consumption: 890 W max

  • Max heat output: 3026 BTU/hr

  • Volt-Ampere rating: 908 VA @ 240 VAC, 0.98P.F.

ZS3-2 Acoustic Noise Emissions

In compliance with the requirements defined in ISO 7779, the workplace-dependent noise level of this product is less than 70 db (A).

ZS3-2 Configuration Options

The ZS3-2 controller is an enterprise-class, rackmount x86 system powered by the Intel Xeon processor. It provides high performance and room for growth with expandable PCIe slots and 16 DIMM slots in a compact 2U footprint. The following table describes the configuration options.

Boot Drive
PCIe Slots
2x8-core, 2.1GHz
256GB 16x16GB
512GB 16x32GB
1-4 SAS SSDs
Two 2.5-inch SAS HDDs
Two dedicated; four available
4-port (4x4) SAS-3 12Gb/s external
4-port (4x4) SAS-2 6Gb/s external

Refer to http://oracle.com/zfsstorage for the most recent component specification.

ZS3-2 Front Panel Components

The ZS3-2 controller drive slots and front panel components are shown in the following figure.

Figure 33  ZS3-2 Controller Front Panel

image:Graphic showing the front view of the ZS3-2 controller

Drive slots 0 and 1 have two mirrored SAS-2 boot drives. Up to four read cache SSDs fill slots 2 through 5, in order. Slots 6 and 7 are empty and must contain drive fillers. For information about supported HDDs and SSDs, see the Oracle Systems Handbook.

Figure Legend
1 Locator LED/button (white)
2 Service Action Required LED (amber)
3 Power OK LED (green)
4 Power button
5 Service Processor OK LED (green)
6 Fan/CPU/Memory Service Required LED
7 USB 2.0 ports

Note -  The LEDs below the Fan/CPU/Memory Service Required LED are not currently used.

ZS3-2 Rear Panel Components

The ZS3-2 controller PCIe slots and rear panel components are shown in the following figure.

For more information about PCIe cards, see ZS3-2 PCIe I/O Cards in Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Customer Service Manual.

Figure 34  ZS3-2 Controller Rear Panel

image:Graphic showing the components at the back of the ZS3-2                             controller

Figure Legend
1 SAS-2 internal HBA (slot 1)
2 4x4 SAS external HBA (slot 2)
3 PCIe slot 3
4 PCIe slot 4
5 PCIe slot 5
6 PCIe slot 6
7 AC power supplies PS1 (top), PS0 (bottom)
8 System status LEDs
9 USB 2.0 ports
10 SP 15-pin VGA video port
11 Serial management port
12 Network management (NET MGT) 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet port
13 Alarm port, DB-15 connector (not used for the ZS3-2)
14-16 Cluster I/O ports
17 10-Gbit Ethernet ports
18 Chassis ground post

Note -  The three Cluster I/O ports (0, 1, and GigE) are reserved for cluster interconnection only.

The ZS3-2 controller has the following ports:

  • Ethernet Ports - The ZS3-2 has four RJ-45 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) network connectors, labeled NET 3, NET 2, NET 1, and NET 0 (left to right) on the rear panel. The ports operate at 100 Mbits/sec, 1000 Mbits/sec, or 10-Gbits/sec. Use these ports to connect the appliance to the network.

    image:Graphic showing the four Ethernet ports and                                     labels

    The LEDs located above each NET port are Link/Activity (left) and Speed (right) indicators for each port as described in this table:

    Connection Type
    EEE Terminology
    Speed LED Color
    Transfer Rate
    Fast Ethernet
    100 Mbits/sec
    Gigabit Ethernet
    1000 Mbits/sec
    10 Gigabit Ethernet
    10000 Mbits/sec
  • Cluster I/O Ports - Two cluster serial ports (0 and 1) and one Ethernet port provide communication between two controllers to form a cluster configuration. For information about how to connect cables to form a cluster, see Connecting Disk Shelf Cables.

    image:Graphic showing the three cluster input output                                     ports


    Caution  -  When disconnecting an RJ-45 cable from a cluster serial port (0 and 1), use extreme care not to damage the internal RJ-45 receptacle. To properly disconnect an RJ-45 cable from a cluster serial port, see Disconnecting an RJ-45 Cable.

  • Network Management Port - The network management connector (NET MGT) is an RJ-45 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet port and provides an alternate terminal interface to the SP console.

    image:Graphic showing the network management port

  • Serial Management Port - The serial management connector (SER MGT) is an RJ-45 port and provides a terminal connection to the service processor (SP) console.

    image:Graphic showing the serial management port

  • HBA Ports - The 4x4 SAS HBA, installed in PCIe slot 2 of the ZS3-2, provides connectivity to external disk shelves. The HBA logical ports are numbered 0-3, left to right, as shown below:

    image:Graphic showing the port numbers zero through 3 on the                                     HBA

Optional Cable Management Arm

The following figure identifies the components of the second-generation cable management arm (CMA). See the CMA installation instructions.

Figure 35  Cable Management Arm Components

image:Graphic showing the components of the cable management                             arm

Figure Legend
1 Connector A
2 Front slide bar
3 Velcro straps (6)
4 Connector B
5 Connector C
6 Connector D
7 Slide-rail latching bracket (used with connector D)
8 Rear slide bar
9 Cable covers