EMC Designs New Services for Oracle Private Cloud Deployments
EMC says its new offerings improve operational efficiency and reduce costs using virtualized environments that deploy business applications.EMC and Oracle are two big IT dots that one does not automatically connect very often. After all, Oracle is trying to become the newest full-service systems provider and doesn't need EMC to provide storage hardware, for one thing. However, a lot of IT shops use both EMC and Oracle products, so somebody thought there had better be some across-the-data center services ready if needed.
On Sept. 15, EMC's growing services division revealed a new menu of services that focus on setting the table for private cloud deployments that include Oracle databases and EMC storage.
"As a result, they look to their [primary] vendors for the most relevant approaches to their particular challenges and aspirations. The EMC/Oracle relationship is an example of how this need can be met further with on-site experts who can apply practical analysis to improve architectures as well as proven interoperability among key technologies to get the most out of investments in every way possible." The new private cloud-type services, as described by EMC, help customers to: assimilate, analyze and track performance metrics to both plan and build business intelligence and performance management systems that align with strategic objectives; collect, consolidate and organize data required for reporting and pervasive analytics when designing and implementing a data warehouse; and understand business impact, develop plans, design architecture and assess transition readiness when building a virtualized enterprise application environment. Tools used alongside these services, as described by EMC, include: Rapid deployment and scale-out for Oracle E-Business Suite, enabled by EMC RecoverPoint, EMC Replication Manager, and VMware vSphere: These can provision up to 10 virtual machines for test and development using VMware vSphere and automated updates through EMC RecoverPoint and EMC Replication Manager, EMC said. EMC FAST Cache with Oracle OLTP Database Applications, which increased Oracle production database transactions substantially per minute. EMC IT's migration to the open, expandable Oracle BI Grid: This is designed to improve performance in an Oracle Database 11g data warehouse by implementing EMC Symmetrix VMAX with EMC Enterprise Flash Drives for Oracle. Virtual provisioning on EMC Symmetrix VMAX with Oracle Database 10g and 11g: EMC claims this increases the speed of Oracle Database 11g transactions without deploying additional storage capacity.