Newcomer Delphix Launches First Virtualized Database Platform

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-09-14 Print this article Print

Delphix is now shipping the first server that can create virtual copies of databases to run concurrently on disk. This opens up a whole new world for database administrators.

Servers, storage, routers, applications -- even I/O -- have been virtualized for data center systems and are now providing IT managers with huge improvements in administration and production quality.

But not until startup Delphix officially emerged Sept. 14 at the DEMO Conference in Santa Clara, Calif., have databases been virtualized to become as portable as those other data center mainstays.

Delphix is now shipping the first server that can create virtual copies of databases to run concurrently on disk. This allows database administrators to duplicate an entire database -- no matter what size it may be -- compress it and then run it on the Delphix server.

In short, this new-generation server enables any Oracle database to be set free, yet tethered to operational duplicates for upgrades, fixes and routine maintenance -- yet  not consume server and storage resources. This changes the whole idea of the formerly intractable enterprise database.

"Delphix turns database infrastructure into software that operates in a fraction of the space, while preserving its full functionality and performance," Delphix founder and CEO Jedidiah Yueh told eWEEK.

Delphix virtualizes the data blocks and logs that make up a database, allowing them to be shared across virtual software copies instead of the redundant hardware copies that most organizations have to make. Most businesses make seven to nine copies of every production database, according to analysts and Delphix customers, Yueh said.

Storage consolidation a big factor

Because it compresses so much structured data, Delphix figures importantly in storage consolidation. Rather than create redundant copies of infrastructure, Delphix creates a single virtual environment, where multiple VDBs can be instantly provisioned or refreshed from a shared footprint. The software coordinates changes and differences in the background without compromising functionality or performance, Yueh said.

Yueh told eWEEK that his current customers see a 10 times reduction in database storage costs.

There's more. Not only does Delphix release production databases for more agile usage, but the newfound freedom it brings also stands to promote much better relationships among storage and database administrators, whose priorities often clash.

You can't normally buy that in-house psychology with mere software, but Delphix is giving it a legitimate go.

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 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 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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