NetApp Talks about Using Oracle VM with NetApp Storage

By Preetom Goswami, Technical Marketing Engineer, NetApp and Kannan Mani, Reference Architecture Specialist, NetApp

Server virtualization technologies are bringing sweeping changes to the way Data Centers are designed around the world. And at the core of the success of that transformation will be the ability of the underlying shared storage infrastructure to effortlessly integrate with the dynamics of the virtualized server environments. NetApp's innovative storage technologies bring a unique value proposition  to industry leading server virtualization products, and we'd like to tell you a little bit about the terrific synergy between the storage virtualization provided by NetApp and Oracle's server virtualization solution.

Oracle's server virtualization offering - 'Oracle VM' - is an efficient, low-cost server virtualization solution and we at NetApp have been testing our products with Oracle VM from its very early versions (current version is 2.2).

Although at first glance Oracle VM may come across as yet another Xen-based hypervisor, we think it has its own set of benefits particularly when viewed from the perspective of the need to create a full, end-to-end infrastructure architecture. In this context, it is easy to see the synergy of NetApp's truly unified storage architecture and storage virtualization foundation with Oracle's strategy to provide a full-stack virtualization solution.

Of course, its also easy to see the value that NetApp storage technology brings directly to the Oracle VM environment:

· Superior protection for virtual server environments in the form of double disk protection in a RAID group, NetApp RAID-DP

· Instantaneous backup and restore using NetApp's Snapshot technology

· Practical disaster recovery using Thin Replication - NetApp SnapMirror products

· Tremendous storage savings obtained through NetApp Deduplication and Thin Clones - FlexClone, LUN Clone and File level clone

· Highly available virtual infrastructure design using NetApp MetroCluster and Oracle VM HA

· Secure multi-tenancy using NetApp MultiStore.

You can read more about using Oracle VM with NetApp storage in a technical report we've produced. This document describes the best practices of integrating NetApp's storage virtualization technologies with Oracle VM virtual infrastructure solutions and the value add that comes with it - like shared storage provisioning for Oracle VM infrastructure, backup and restore of Oracle VM virtual infrastructure, creation of efficient dev & test environments, storage efficiency, practical disaster recovery, end-to-end high availability - to just name a few.

And here is one interesting customer story about how they successfully deployed Oracle VM with NetApp's storage efficient technologies to entirely virtualize the application layer of an Oracle RAC infrastructure.

A key aspect of Oracle's virtualization strategy is to make enterprise software easier to deploy, manage, and support. To that end, Oracle Validated Configurations for Oracle VM provide easier, faster, and lower-cost deployment of virtualization solutions in your enterprise. The program offers pre-tested, validated architectures including software, hardware, storage, and network components along with documented best practices. NetApp along with partners Brocade and Oracle delivered its first Oracle Validated Configuration with Oracle VM. The end result is improved performance, scalability, and reliability of NetApp Oracle VM solutions, with faster, more cost-effective deployments.

Server Platform

AMD - 2 X Quad Core Opteron(tm) Processor 8382 2.613GHz

Storage Model

NetApp FAS 3140

HBA

2 X Brocade 825 8Gb dual port PCIe FC

Switch

Brocade Switch model 340

Guest VMs

Oracle Database Single Instance on OEL 4 Update 6 x86_64 , OEL 5 Update 2 x86_64

You can read more about NetApp's Oracle Validated Configuration for Oracle VM in this detailed report.

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