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 Apr 03, 2013

Unleash the Full Power of Oracle's new SPARC T5 and M5 Servers with Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

FDR wasn’t talking to storage architects when he famously said “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” but with Oracle’s launch of powerful new SPARC servers, he could have been.  Just think, the SPARC T5-8 server packs up to 1,024 threads and 4TB of memory into 8U of rack space – a capability that up until a couple of years ago was reserved for the world’s fastest supercomputers. As a result, storage architects are concerned that their legacy NAS and SAN systems won’t be able to keep up with these new computational powerhouses. Is their fear justified?

The answer is an unequivocal “Yes, “but they can do something about it.

Over the years I’ve seen lots of companies stick with existing storage when they move to new, more powerful servers.  I understand the reasoning – they’re just running the same applications and databases, so they don’t need new storage.  But their users won’t use the applications in the same way  as before even if that was the plan.  For example, business intelligence apps will run faster, so end-users want to analyze larger problems or run more predictive models,  putting unforeseen pressure on the storage systems, which can easily lead to fear. 

To assuage your fear, you need to ensure that your new SPARC T5 servers are complemented by equally powerful storage systems that can keep up with the I/O loads the servers generate and yet be agile enough to change when application requirements dictate. The good news is that Oracle has a storage solution that meets these needs.

Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance are specifically engineered to support the new SPARC servers with more compute threads to serve more concurrent I/O requests, more memory and Flash caches to efficiently serve massive numbers of VMs, and more memory bandwidth to move data through the system as it is needed.

And, it doesn’t stop there. 

Many of the SPARC T5 servers that we ship will run Oracle Database, and Oracle’s efforts to engineer hardware and software together extend beyond the database and the server to include the three-way optimization of Oracle software, Oracle servers, and Oracle storage.  

It only makes sense that Oracle would be able to engineer the best storage for Oracle Database and SPARC T5 systems.  There are many reasons why this is so, but three of the ones we highlight in our press release are:

1. Oracle Database benefits from high levels of parallelization in both SPARC T5 server and Sun ZFS Storage Appliances. 

2. Sun ZFS Storage Appliances are the only NAS systems that support Oracle Solaris Cluster and work with SPARC T5 systems to deliver sub-second application failover for mission-critical applications that experience a server or software problem. 

3. Sun ZFS Storage Appliances deliver multi-faceted I/O stack optimization for Oracle Database that that increase performance and simplify the creation and development of both production and test and development environments. 

The bottom line is that you can update your compute infrastructure independently of your storage and risk the consequences, or you can incorporate Sun ZFS Storage Appliances and get the only storage specifically engineered to optimize SPARC T5 environments.

To find out more about the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance and how it supports Oracle Database environments download the Transforming Business with Oracle Optimized Storage for Oracle Database 11g white paper and see how Oracle IT Relies on Sun ZFS Storage Appliance to power the Oracle Cloud.


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.

Thursday Jul 19, 2012

Oracle Optimized Storage Provides Real Business Value

Mark Hurd and John Fowler talked Wednesday about the need for optimized storage platforms and how Oracle is delivering these systems to our customers. The event included not only an overview and interviews from Mark and John, but also two additional sessions which included a round table discussion with storage development management and a webcast by Jim Cates and Tom Wultich introducing the new StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library.

John interviewed Andrew Reichman from Forrester Research and there were a number of customers featured including Alex Latham (Novation), Desh Urs (iBridge), Mark Lemmons (T3Media) and Darian Anderson (Ixtend). Also, Oracle's Jim Cates gave a brief overview of the SL150, the new comletely modular, scalable tape library designed for growing small to midsized companies

What I found most interesting was when Andrew Reichman described the storage industry historically as a "dark art" practiced by deeply technical engineers. I used to be one of those guys :) He went on to say that what is important to businesses isn't necessarily what protocol or new storage specification the storage device is running, but how well it can be automated and integrated with the applications it supports. That way companies can get more business value out of the data that they are storing.

You can watch the replay here

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