Wednesday Mar 19, 2014

What's the #1 Ranked Tape Library? The Results May Surprise You...

Having been working in the IT industry for 27 years, I’ve seen my share of outrageous vendor claims. In fact, it is one my biggest pet peeves about our industry. How many times have you seen XYZ vendor claiming their solution is “industry leading”, “best-in-class”, “world class” or “leading edge” without providing any empirical evidence to back up that claim. Worse yet, I’ve seen claims (from vendors not to be mentioned here) of 3x, 4x or 10x faster, bigger, or otherwise “better” than the competition with no report, benchmark test or third-party source credited. It happens all the time and it begs the question, if it comes from the vendor, not an independent third party, why would a potential customer believe it?

That’s why I’m proud to say that DCIG, whose tagline is “empowering the IT industry with actionable analysis,” recently ranked #1 the Oracle StorageTek SL8500 enterprise tape library in their 2014 Big Data Tape Library Buyer’s Guide. According to DCIG:

“The Oracle StorageTek SL8500 is truly a 'Big Data' offering engineered to handle tremendous volumes of data.”

DCIG uses a rigorous 8-step evaluation process to arrive at their recommendation(s). This year, DCIG evaluated 42 tape libraries from eight different vendors and classified them into five categories:

  • Best-in-class (bestowed upon a single product)
  • Recommended
  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Basic

I particularly like the DCIG analysis because it makes a strong effort to evaluate its subject matter from the perspective of the customer. As stated in the report’s executive summary, the DCIG 2014 Big Data Tape Library Buyer's Guide accomplishes the following objectives:

  • Provides an objective, third-party evaluation of tape libraries that weights, scores and ranks their features from an end-user’s viewpoint

  • Scores and ranks the features on each tape library based upon criteria that matter most to end-users, so they can quickly know which tape libraries are the most appropriate for them to use and under what conditions”

So, if you want the inside scoop from an independent third-party on why the Oracle StorageTek SL8500 was ranked the #1 Big Data tape library and superior to offerings from IBM, HP, and Spectra Logic, then click here.

Thursday May 23, 2013

“As The World 'Goes Software,' Oracle Has An Upside In Hardware” says ESG Analyst

Last month, Oracle invited industry analysts for an annual deep dive on what’s to come. One of these analysts – ESG’s senior analyst Mark Peters – recently posted an update of how he spent some of his time at the event. We totally recommend you visit his blog and check out the post, but here are a few highlights:

Diverse Crowd
Peters was struck by the fact that he wasn’t seeing a lot of familiar faces in the crowd. He later realized the reason for that was because Oracle doesn’t just have a hardware message – it also speaks to the software side of the equation. 

“The opportunities for Oracle to make significant progress in terms of market share and revenue lie in markets that it does not yet dominate. It’s a crucial point for this growing systems house.”

That’s a crucial point we’re well positioned for. Our complete stack of offerings provide world-record-breaking performance by fusing critical pieces of software and hardware in ways that deliver cost-performance unlike anything the tech industry has seen.

Bullish on Storage
Mark filmed a brief interview with Oracle’s Phil Bullinger, senior vice president of storage. Mark and Phil go into great details on the ZFS Storage business.



Magnetic Personality
Mark also interviewed Jim Cates, vice president of hardware development, regarding what’s coming for tape storage from Oracle – and more.

 

Thursday May 02, 2013

New Storage Podcast Series Highlights 10 Important Purchase Considerations

Whether you are new to storage or a seasoned professional, deciding which storage systems to buy can have a big impact on how your business performs. There are a lot of factors to consider and each one should be weighed in light of the impact it will have on your applications, business processes, risk exposure, management overhead and of course your budget. I have started a series of podcasts to examine the top 10 considerations you should keep in mind when deciding which storage system you should go with as well as the impact those considerations might have for your business. Luckily, we have many great people at Oracle with deep storage experience, so I rounded up three individuals who can really help examine common issues like performance, scalability and high availablity. I will be releasing roughly one episode a week so check back often. You can listen right from the webpage below or just subscribe with your favorite podcatching app.

Podcast: Making The Right Storage Choices - A Ten Part Series

Monday Apr 08, 2013

Power DBaaS with Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

If you have been thinking about setting up a DBaaS (Database as a Service) for your company you won't want to miss this webcast about implementing DBaaS using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance. In this webcast you will learn about the features and benefits that the Sun ZFS Storage Appliances provide when used with Enterprise Manager 12c DBaaS Snap Clone and watch a live demo of this exciting new feature. Snap Clone leverages Oracle's own Sun ZFS Storage Appliance system to clone even the largest database in minutes while at the same time providing unmatched performance and efficiency. Users can create their own copies for functional testing and development without consuming large amounts of disk space.

Webcast: Database Provisioning Made Easy - Using Enterprise Manager 12c DBaaS Snap Clone and Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
April 11 - 10:00 a.m. PT

Register Now!

Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

Storage Forum at Oracle OpenWorld

For anyone attending Oracle OpenWorld and involved in Storage, join us at the Storage Forum & Reception. This special engagement offers you the ability to meet Oracle’s top storage executives, architects and fellow storage colleagues.

Storage Forum

Features include interactive sessions and round-table discussions on Oracle's storage strategy, product direction, and real-world customer implementations. It’s your chance to ask questions and learn first-hand about Oracle's response to top trends and what keeps storage managers up at night, including how to contain storage costs, improve performance, and ensure seamless integration with Oracle software environments.

Featured Speakers: Mike Workman, SVP of Pillar Axiom Storage Group; Phil Bullinger, SVP of Sun ZFS Storage Group; and Jim Cates, VP of Tape Systems Storage Group

Added Bonus: The Storage Forum will be followed by an exclusive Wine and Cocktail Reception where you can...

  • Meet and network with peers, and other storage professionals
  • Interact with Oracle’s experts in a fun and relaxed setting
  • Wind down and prepare for the Oracle Customer Appreciation Event featuring Pearl Jam and Kings of Leon

Date & Times:
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Forum
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception

Disclaimer: Space is limited, so register at http://bit.ly/PULcyR as soon as possible!

If you want any more information, feel free to email Lexi.Nicholas@oracle.com

Friday Aug 10, 2012

New iPhone/iPad App for Sun ZFS Storage Appliance


Need to see what's going on with your storage system while you are on the go? Now you can do just that with the Sun ZFS Appliance Monitor. This iPhone and iPad compatible app will let you monitor multiple Sun ZFS Storage Appliances right from your phone or tablet. You can see detailed storage analytics, monitor system, component and service statuses, as well as alerts and logs all from a beautiful interface designed for use on smaller screens. No configuration changes are possible due to the potential for errant clicks and touches on these small devices that are often triggered by mistake from your pocket, but this is a big step forward in being able to keep current on the status of the data that drives a successful business.

No word on when an Android compatible app might be available, but if you have an iPhone or an iPad you can download this app for free right now from iTunes.

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