Oracle and EMC Fine-Tune Flash Storage for Oracle Database

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-09-22 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

EMC's standard Symmetrix DMX-4 using flash drives delivers sub-millisecond application response time and up to 30 times more I/O operations per second than the fastest available disk drives, EMC said. The same performance upgrades would have required dozens of conventional Fibre Channel hard disk drives.

SAN FRANCISCO -- EMC on Sept. 22 said its Symmetrix DMX-4 storage systems -- which have a reputation for slowing down as they load up more and more data -- are showing much faster I/O speeds running Oracle database applications when they are outfitted with new enterprise-class flash drives.

Off the top, this isn't altogether surprising, since it is already well-documented that flash chips are 20 to 30 times faster than spinning disks for accessing data in real-time applications.

However, EMC claimed at the Oracle OpenWorld conference that the DMX-4 is the first enterprise storage system to use flash optimally for Oracle's heavy-duty applications.

Because Web 2.0 companies and most other enterprises are seeing continual increase in database storage workloads, IT managers are always looking for infrastructure components that are cost-effective and also keep high performance levels. By integrating the attributes of flash, data centers -- with the integration of even a single EFD -- can see I/O speeds that would have previously required dozens of conventional Fibre Channel hard disk drives.

Symmetrix DMX-4 with flash drives delivers sub-millisecond application response time and up to 30 times more I/O operations per second than the fastest available disk drives, EMC said.

The integration of flash drives adds a new "Tier 0" level of high-performance infrastructure for Oracle environments, EMC vice president of storage product marketing Barbara Robidoux said.
 
"Flash drives can be integrated into an overall Oracle Information Lifecycle Management strategy to tier data based on performance, scalability and service level requirements," Robidoux said.

"Flash-based storage technology is ideal for Oracle Database 11g and Oracle RAC 11g application environments that require the fastest retrieval and storing of data."

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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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