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IT Organizations are spending too much time and budget manually performing tasks. For example, DBAs find themselves provisioning databases to support change management activities like testing patches, updates, and new development. Provisioning is just one example as DBA teams are looking for ways to automate and orchestrate routine tasks. See figure 8.

 

Figure 8: DBA activities costing excessive time and budget

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The Ready Bundle for Oracle is designed streamline database activities by enabling the DBA to do more. There is no time spent building the Ready Bundle for Oracle as it’s designed as a unified system that can go from zero to 100 in less time. Servers, storage, and networking all tested and optimized for Oracle databases: Read Part One of my blog for more information.

 

Provisioning databases can involve a complex number of steps and multiple IT teams. It’s common to have the Storage Administrators have to refresh a database from production. Using AppSync the Storage Administrator can give control to the Oracle DBA to refresh their databases. AppSync is a program from Dell EMC designed to automate lifecycle management activities for Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft databases. For example, an Oracle DBA can schedule the refresh of a database over the weekend and AppSync will automate the entire process.

 

AppSync deserves its own blog because there is no way to cover it all here but its core value is integrating with Dell EMC storage to off-load refresh and copy activities to storage arrays like VMAX, XtremIO, and Unity. For example, the VMAX 250F all flash array can make a copy of production in a matter of seconds. This benefits the DBA who has to refresh a database as they can now complete most of the work in minutes versus weeks or days. This also combines the DBA and Storage Administration teams into a delivery model like DevOps. The two teams working together sharing responsibility for the delivery of a database.


The VMAX 250F storage array comes with the Data Storage Analyzer (DSA) at no additional cost. Using DSA the DBA can review storage performance. This means the classic question of storage performance is no longer a challenge to the DBA. Oracle Enterprise Manager combing with Data Storage Analyzer together gives the DBA a comprehensive view into database and storage performance. The combined power of OEM plus DSA can save hours in performance tuning efforts and provide better reporting to the business. It’s worth repeating: DSA is free with the VMAX and is part of the Ready Bundle for Oracle.

 

In Tuesday’s Oracle OpenWorld keynote, Larry Ellison talked about the importance of security. In my humble opinion Dell EMC RSA offers industry leading security solutions and for data protection there are solutions like storage replication and Data Domain. Dell EMC enables DBAs to use storage replication using AppSync. The DBA can control how frequently the database and applications are replicated and where the data is replicated to.  Using the Ready Bundle for Oracle the DBA has more control and works more closely with the IT Operations team.

 

Data Domain with DD Boost is among one of the most popular data protection solutions for Oracle. DD Boost integrates with RMAN and deduplicates backups to Data Domain decreasing backup times, reducing network utilization, and enabling more online backups. Additionally, the DBA controls DD Boost and can even configure the database backups can be replicated up to another Data Domain platform in a secondary datacenter.

 

Greater control for DBA teams, faster time-to-value as the Ready Bundle is a tested and optimized database platform and strong data protection. See figure 9 for a summary of benefits discussed in this blog.


Figure 9: Summary of Ready Bundle for Oracle in this blog

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  Or email me at sam.lucido@Dell.com and I’ll be happy to connect you with our Ready Bundle for Oracle Specialists.




In part one of the Ready Bundle for Oracle blog we explored how the combination of the PowerEdge R940 and VMAX 250F All Flash array accelerate database performance at every layer in the stack. Fast performance is critical for databases but consolidation enables greater scalability and lowers the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). In part two of this blog we explore how DBA teams can benefit from advanced storage features like compression and snapshots that take no initial space when making copies of a database.

 

Consolidation is the process of combining a number of things into a single more effective and coherent system. As we seen the PowerEdge R940 is faster than the prior generation of servers and the VMAX 250F all-flash array delivers high density of IOPS at ultra-low response times. There is a third dimension to consolidation and that’s storage capacity savings.  The VMAX uses three features to save disk space:

  • Thin provisioning: ensure that regardless of the LUN size, only the capacity that was written to is allocated
  • VMAX Adaptive Compression Engine (ACE): uses a versatile architecture to achieve high storage compression ratios
  • SnapVX Nocopy: creates copies using no initial disk space and without impacting performance of the source data

 

Let’s discuss thin provision and ACE as they are storage features that work seamlessly in the background on the storage array and are transparent to the database. Thin provisioning ensures only the space needed is allocated on the storage array. Compression then works on the allocated capacity to further reduce the Oracle database size. Testing was done in this white paper to show the value compressing Oracle. See figure 4

 

Figure 4: Before and after VMAX Compression in (GB) on an Oracle database

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What figure 4 shows is prior to enabling VMAX compression, the allocated capacity was 5,727 GB and after the database size was reduced to 721 GB, an massive savings 5,006 GB.  In this test the VMAX was able to achieve a data compression ratio of 7.9 to 1. Compression will vary from database to database as data is different but this test case shows that significant space savings are possible using VMAX compression. Performance during compression testing showed the CPU utilization was the same for before and after compression and IOPS were reduce by 1% with compression enabled.

 

Provisioning copies of a production database is a common change management activity for most Oracle DBAs. On average most DBA teams have support between 4 to 7 copies of production, sometimes more. If each database copy was a full copy of production without compression a substantial amount of disk space would be used. For example, if a DBA team has to maintain 3 copies of a 5TB production database the total amount of space used would be 20 TB. See figure 5.

 

Figure 5: Total TB used in creating 3 full copies of production without compression

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Using VMAX snapshots (called, SnapVX) all database copies take no space. A storage snapshot is a set of reference markers pointing back to the source data at a particular point in time. Any changes to the source data will trigger a write to the snapshot copy to save the original copy of the data at the point in time of the snapshot. That’s the long way of saying production data is protected and cannot be impacted by snapshots. Saving disk space with SnapVX is done using the “nocopy” command and is the recommended method for creating snapshots on the all flash VMAX arrays. Let’s look at figure 6 to show the disk space savings.


Figure 6: SnapVX /nocopy initial and 10% change in data over 60 days

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Looking at the column “SnapVX /nocopy initial copy” we see how the DBA team can save a substantial amount of space by creating three copies of production (QA, Test, and Sandbox) that initially take no additional space. The 15 terabytes of disk space means less in the way of storage dependencies, greater consolidation, and faster provisioning of databases for the IT Organization. Now it’s realistic that data is going to change over time and in the last column called, “10% change over 60 days” we see production and the copies all have unique data.

 

The production database has .5TB of unique data since the initial snapshots making the total size 5.5TB. The Quality Assurance, Test, and Sandbox databases also have .5TB of unique data, thus these databases have a total of 1TB of unique data (.5 from production plus .5 from their own growth). Even in this scenario of 10% data change we see the entire database ecosystem takes just 8.5TB of data. Having a bit of fun if we factor in a conservative 2:1 compression ratio the entire ecosystem size goes down to 4.25TB.

 

Dell EMC believes customers will achieve an overall data reduction ratio of 4:1 by using the VMAX All Flash so much they offer a guarantee: Flash Storage Efficiency Guarantee. “Dell EMC promises our flash arrays will provide a logical usable capacity at least four times the usable physical capacity of your purchased drives — or we’ll give you more drives at no charge.” See figure 7 for how the VMAX 250F All Flash array increase consolidation and provide greater storage efficiency.

 

Figure 7: Achieve 4X Logical Capacity with the VMAX 250F All Flash array

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For DBA teams the Ready Bundle for Oracle enables greater consolidation efficiency and with the guarantee from Dell EMC less risk and more protection in your investment. I like to think of the guarantee as Dell EMC’s way of partnering with DBAs and other IT teams to make sure they are successful.





There was a lot of excitement and energy in the air on Monday morning at Oracle OpenWorld. The Dell EMC booth looked great and we were all ready to talk with customers.

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In the booth we have a new solution that combines the PowerEdge R940 with the VMAX 250F all flash array for Oracle databases. The big question is, “Will customers be interested?”

 

As people started walking by the booth, they would stop and ask about the Ready Bundle for Oracle. We really had a lot of great discussions with customers interested in a unified solution like the Ready Bundle. I want to take a moment to give you my take on being at a show like Oracle OpenWorld representing Dell EMC. In my opinion customer go to learn and the Dell EMC team we go to learn from customers. Every question is important and every discussion is an opportunity to learn what customers are truly interested in.

 

Here are a few questions and discussions I had on day one. “What is the Ready Bundle for Oracle?”

It’s a solution that includes servers, storage, and networking that has been tested with different database workloads like OLTP, OLAP to optimize performance and provide you the best platform for your database ecosystem. – People were very interested in how the Ready Bundle was optimized for Oracle. We talked about how in our testing we captured best practices and performance metrics that enable us to work with you to accurately size the Ready Bundle for your business. For example, customers where interested to learn that database storage layout is very simple and following a few recommendations means improved management and protection of the database.


Customer conversation at the show:

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Performance is always at the top of minds for people so there were a few questions like, “How is performance?”


Well in a recent study a two-node Oracle RAC system generated over 275,000 IOPS on a VMAX all flash array and the average response times were: .8 ms for reads and .3 ms for writes! We also tested the PowerEdge R940 servers with an OLAP workload and the server was 52% faster for the light workload and 9% faster for the heavy workload than the prior generation of servers… with 16 fewer processor cores. People picked up on the benefit right away. The Ready Bundle for Oracle is very fast and there is the potential for greater consolidation thus, a TCO savings. If you are interested in learning more read this blog that was just posted as it goes deeper into Oracle performance.


There were a few questions about comparing the Ready Bundle for Oracle to Exadata. My response was simple: The Ready Bundle for Oracle has been designed to maximize performance and return on your investment. There is no extra database licensing, hardware licensing, or features that add to the complexity of the database system. Instead, the Ready Bundle for Oracle provides a clear path to a platform with over 20 years of engineering in every layer of the solution.

 

Right up there with performance were questions about protection. The VMAX 250F all flash array is a leader in protecting data with proven features like replication (SRDF) and snapshots (SnapVX). Using replication the DBA can protect against a disaster and bring up the database in a secondary datacenter. Using AppSync DBAs now have the capability to configure and manage storage based replication. Normally, replication is the responsibility of the storage administrator but AppSync enables the DBA to control and manage replication. Snapshots can be used to quickly copy the production database to a backup server which has the advantage of off-loading backups from the production server.

 

We also have a great Oracle protection team at the show.  There were many times in which customers would start a conversation at one place in the booth and travel to the data protection experts to talk about Data Domain with DD Boost for Oracle.

 

There were some fun questions too! “What is Dell EMC doing at Oracle OpenWorld?” I thought it was a great question. We talked about how Oracle and Dell EMC have worked together for over 20 years and have over 80,000 mutual customers. Dell EMC is also a Platinum Partner of Oracle.


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Please join us at the Dell EMC booth as we have a great team to answer your questions!

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And get a chance to win a Google Home device!


The Ready Bundle for Oracle is a solution designed to boost performance and operational agility for your database ecosystem. Oracle databases run the most complex and critical applications used by a company, often supporting ERP and CRM systems responsible for all back office processes. The pressure to modernize the database infrastructure means businesses are looking for solutions that offer greater agility, operational efficiencies, and resiliency in a single solution.

 

The Ready Bundle for Oracle integrates Dell EMC PowerEdge R940 servers, networking, and the enterprise VMAX 250F all-flash array into a Ready Solution. There is little, if any, of the risk associated with the best-of-breed approach that involves design, test, and release phases that accumulatively can take months or weeks to complete. All the engineering is included in the Ready Bundle, providing the business with a faster time-to-value in reaching operational readiness.

 

There is less risk too, as the entire solution is supported by a single vendor, full service company. Most anyone in the IT Organization understands the complexity of coordinating multiple vendors to resolve an issue impacting operations. Dell EMC solves this support challenge with three years of award-winning ProSupport services and a three-year extended hardware warranty. Application owners and DBAs call one number for server, networking, and storage support with the Ready Bundle for Oracle.

 

Check out the performance

One of the key advantages of a Ready Solution like the Ready Bundle is the Oracle performance testing we complete in our labs to ensure accurate sizing for your workloads. Testing starts with an Online Transactional Processing (OLTP) battery of tests to validate the solution. This test is optimized for ERP, CRM, and other systems of records applications. The goal of these tests is to evaluate system performance under a high volume of transactions in which response times remain under 1 millisecond.

 

In a recent VMAX Engineering white paper called, Dell EMC VMAX all-flash storage for mission-critical Oracle database the first test generated 275,626 IOPS across 32 SSD drives in a RAID5 configuration but response times remained under the gold standard of 1 millisecond. See figure 1.

 

Figure 1: Two-node Oracle RAC configuration driving over 275K IOPS with sub-millisecond latencies

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Notice the speed of the average write times for data and log write operations. This is because the 1TB VMAX storage array cache is designed to immediately acknowledge all write quests thus, both data writes and log writes are at  an outstanding .3 millisecond average response times.

 

What about data read response times? The massive number of IOPS generated in this test was done purposely to force the VMAX all flash array to read from the flash drives. This means most of the reads were not satisfied by the VMAX cache which is the worst case scenario. Even with the majority of reads satisfied from flash drives the average read response times were at .8 milliseconds.

Typically, production Oracle RAC systems do not generate nearly as many IOPS as was done with this test but, this does lead to another advantage of the Ready Bundle for Oracle in that it can easily support large database ecosystems and meet performance Service Level Agreements (SLA).

 

Let’s use a scenario of a database ecosystem consisting of production, quality assurance, test and sandbox. See figure 2 for the daily average IOPS for each of the databases.

 

Figure 2: Scenario of Oracle database ecosystem

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Figure 2 shows the four databases account for 65,000 IOPS which is a fraction of what was done in our testing. Looking at it another way, it would take five times (20 databases) the number of databases to be nearly equivalent in IOPS in our test. This means the Ready Bundle for Oracle offers exceptional scalability for database workloads.


OLAP test results

The second type of database workload test was with Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) used for business intelligence, reporting, and data mining. OLAP uses de-normalized data, fewer tables, and longer queries that depend more throughput than response times. Let’s focus on the PowerEdge R940 server in terms of OLAP performance to provide a more thorough overview of the entire solution. The new 14th Generation PowerEdge R940 server was tested using OLAP / TCP-H-like tests with Oracle’s in-memory database option to evaluate processor performance. See figure 3 for test results.

 

Figure 3: Prior generation PowerEdge R930 compared to PowerEdge R940 in Oracle OLAP Tests

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Looking at this graph, the lower the bar, the faster the average execution time of the queries. In the light OLAP test with one user and 22 queries, the R940 completed queries 52% faster than the R930! In the heavy OLAP test with seven users and 154 queries, the R940 completed 9% faster. There is another factor to this testing ─ the PowerEdge R940 was faster even though the server had 16 fewer processors than the R930! Dell EMC estimates using a new 14th generation PowerEdge R940 server with fewer faster processor could save customer on Oracle Licensing.

 

It’s the comprehensive performance testing of the Ready Bundle for Oracle that makes this optimized database solution ideal for ecosystems of all sizes. The PowerEdge R940 accelerates database workloads using fewer processors and the VMAX 250F provides a wealth of IOPS but more importantly response times under one millisecond. There is no integration work or risk as the Ready Bundle is delivered as a unified solution to the datacenter for DBAs teams to start using very quickly.


Tomorrow I will focus on the value of consolidation for databases and the capability for you to experience a big disk space savings using the Ready Bundle for Oracle. If you have any questions I’ll be in the Dell EMC booth at Oracle OpenWord 2017 or email me at Sam.Lucido@dell.com.


 

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In 2016, Dell EMC announced new VMAX All Flash products --> VMAX 250F. The VMAX 250F as depicted in Figure 1 is ideally suited for customers with modest capacity requirements who still want to take advantage of the enterprise capabilities of VMAX all flash with high performance, availability, reliability and inbuilt data protection.

 

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Figure 1 : VMAX 250F


It has the following benefits:-

  • Reliable performance of over 1 million IOPS
  • Starts at 11 TB and scales to 1 PB effective flash capacity with data reduction.
  • Ensures uptime of 99.9999% availability
  • Orderable with advanced replication, data encryption, storage management, data protection, and access to cloud storage tiering.
  • Scales out to 2 V-Bricks
  • Advanced data services and multi-controller architecture.
  • Response time is under 1 ms.
  • Uses virtual provisioning to create new storage devices with ease and in seconds.
  • Storage can scale-out with V-Bricks.

 

In this blog I am going to discuss the best practices of using Oracle on the VMAX 250F storage arrays.  Firstly, let me talk about the Servers and storage connectivity best practices with special reference to Oracle database. From the Oracle database performance and HA perspective we should connect HBAs to at least two VMAX ports, preferably on different directors as shown in Figure 2. This increases the overall system availability.

 

As far as HBAs and VMAX ports/directors are concerned, the following best practices may be followed :-

 

  1. When zoning host initiators to storage target ports, ensure that each pair is on different switches for best availability.
  2. Use two or more HBAs for each database node for better availability and scalability(Figure 2).
  3. DellEMC Powerpath software can help in automatic failover.
  4. Spread connections across engines / directors first, then on the same director.
  5. Get increased availability if the connections are spread "wide" first.
  6. Connect at least two HBAs across redundant fabrics for high availability.
  7. Each HBA port should be zoned/masked to two VMAX ports(Figure 2)

 

In extension to pt. 1 above, it will be better to avoid Inter-Switch links (ISLs).These links can prevent the shared resources with unpredictable utilization and can create bottlenecks when a few ISL paths can’t sustain many servers-to-storage paths as shown in Figure 2. The ISLs can become performance bottlenecks here as the total throughput is limited by the number of connections.

 

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Figure : 2 ISLs between 2 Fibre Channel switches

 

Lastly, the number and speed of HBA ports should support planned bandwidth/IOPS. FC negotiates to lowest components’ speed between host, storage, and switch ports as seen in Figure 2.

 

In summary, oracle database is a complex database to manage and maintain the required level of performance. To achieve a reasonable level of performance, the optimal tuning of the Server and storage parameters are extremely important. In the next blog, I will talk about the database architectural considerations that we should take into account to get an enhanced performance in the Oracle database.

 

 

 

 

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Dell EMC OVCs are certified using the Oracle Validated Configurations Program. OVCs provide easier, faster, and lower-cost deployment of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM based Oracle Database solutions for customers. The program offers pre-tested, validated reference architectures - including software, hardware, storage, and network components - along with documented best practices that are certified by Oracle and published on Oracle's website.

 

Each of the OVCs will provides:

 

  • Hardware details of all the components directly tested with OVCs
  • Expanded list of compatible hardware
  • Software details of all the components directly tested with OVCs
  • Solution ID - for Dell Sales to quickly generate a quote or Bill of Materials
  • A published link to Oracle’s website that lists all the hardware and software details, including the configuration settings

 

More information can be found: Dell EMC OVC Programs for Oracle Database 12c

 

Some useful support links:

 

Dell EMC T&V programs involves testing and validating Oracle Database 12c stack that includes various pre-determined building blocks of Dell EMC products - Servers, Storage, and Switches, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7. An end-to-end stack of Servers, Storage, and Network components that are validated using the Tested and Validated (T&V) program undergo a comprehensive integration and functionality testing with Oracle databases running on a supported OS platform. This results in providing an improved performance and a highly reliable Oracle database solution to the customers which they can adopt and purchase with high level of confidence.

 

More information can be found at: Dell EMC’s website

 

Some useful supporting links:

 

Oracle Database 12c on RHEL 7.x and Oracle Linux 7.x SDL or Compatibility Matrix

Oracle Database 12c on RHEL 7 and  Oracle Linux 7.x Deployment Guide

Oracle Database 12c on RHEL 7 Deployment Automation Tool/Scripts

Oracle Database 12c on Oracle Linux 7.x  Deployment Automation Tool/Scripts

 

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As mentioned in my last blog, DEW’17 was all about product announcements and future directions that DELLEMC is planning to race ahead. In the build to buy continuum debate, DELLEMC has announced many products on ready nodes, ready bundles and ready systems. Before we delve deep into the concepts, let us understand each term separately.  As per Chad Sakac’s blog ,

 

Ready Nodes = software + server;

Ready Bundles = software + servers/network/storage;

Ready Systems = software + CI/HCI.

 

If I take the first category, the offerings are summarized in figure 1.

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Figure 1 : Different offerings of Ready nodes.

 

Digital transformation is the corporate strategy for many organizations today. Database Consolidation, security, performance enhancement, apps enablement are the main areas where Ready bundles will come handy. Ready bundle simplifies the implementation. Dell EMC’s ready bundle turns complexity into simplicity. By following the best practices, it delivers expert designed sizing and validated solutions which are just the right configuration for a typical organization. It also offers exceptional performance, cost saving, easy to order, faster time to value. The DELLEMC ready bundle for RedHat OpenStack platform can be visualized in figure 2.

 

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Figure 2: DellEMC Ready Bundle for Red Hat Openstack platform.

 

In summary, the key benefits of DELLEMC’s Ready Bundle are as follows:-


Superior Performance: - Faster transaction and query processing through expert-designed solution built on DELL EMC hardware. Creates dynamic business results with agile, open and flexible ready bundles.

 

Significant Cost saving:- Significant cost reduction with hardware resource consolidation and oracle database’s licensing savings. This will definitely increase the profit margin through out of factory OEM licensing, storage attach and configuration enrichment.


Faster time to value:-  Pre-architected and validated to shorten design cycle and reduce implementation risk. The system builder which is a tool for DELLEMC ready bundles, generates solutions of various sizes based on the customer requirements with bundle ordering with L1/L2 support in the later stages. Customers can unlock efficiency with JetPack cutting-edge cloud automation.

 

Future-ready scalability:-Exceptional scalability with Oracle Database, SQL Server 2016, SAP Hana etc. It is designed for growth with easy, non-disruptive & modular scalability.

 

Better manageability and protection:- it is easy to manage and easy to deploy. Simplified and management . Ready Bundles also provide better protection like disaster recovery and backup solutions with Recoverpoint.

 

The third option is ready Systems. Any solutions that are built on Vblock, VxRack,VxBlock and VxRail (Converged or Hyper converged Architecture)can be termed as Ready Systems. In this category we have at present Ready System for SAP HANA on Vblock(Converged Architecture). The architecture is depicted in Figure 3.

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Figure 3: Demonstration of Ready System

 

Converged Infrastructure provides the speed and ability to power SAP HANA while remaining cost effective. Vblock Systems seamlessly integrate leading compute, network, and storage technologies to provide an optimized converged infrastructure solution that ensures secure and predictable performance through pre-engineered, modular infrastructure. Vblock Systems provide the highest levels of virtualization and application performance. Organizations can choose between procuring SAP certified appliance hardware for SAP HANA or leveraging SAP HANA tailored data center integration (TDI) to capitalize on existing infrastructure investments. SAP HANA TDI offers the ability to deploy SAP HANA software on standard Vblock Systems to leverage the benefits of VCE’s converged infrastructure solutions. Vblock 700 family systems provide a pre-engineered, pre-validated, and pre-tested platform on which to run SAP HANA. This platform comprises the storage, networking, compute, and optionally, the virtualization layer. It is supported as a single product, meaning there is no need to worry if the support issue was caused by a networking, storage or compute component. The platform provides a stable and reliable base for an SAP HANA installation. With SAP HANA TDI, organizations can consolidate SAP HANA workloads alongside both SAP and non-SAP workloads on the Vblock Systems shared infrastructure.

 

Hope, you could now appreciate the differences between ready nodes, bundles and systems along with its applications and implementations.

 

 

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Recently, the DELLEMC World got concluded with lots of launches and product announcements like Dell 14G PowerEdge Servers. More than 13,000 people converged in Las Vegas this week for Dell EMC World, which is the annual tech conference for Round Rock-based Dell Technologies as can be seen in Figure 1.

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Figure 1 : Dell EMC world 2017

 

In this event, many great products were showcased and also many big announcements were made. The biggest of all the announcements is the release of the DellEMC 14G next generation servers. In this product portfolio, we found some salient features like exponential increase in low latency of NVMe storage and a 50% increase GPU-compute density.Also, there is also a tighter coupling with software defined storage (SDS) environments and Dell’s new OpenManage Enterprise console which is the GUI consolidation of different products that are spread across different areas in a typical data center. This interface is called open Manage console which potentially can control and provision resources across the DELL-EMC environments. It is a single pane of glass to manage all Dell EMC compute and storage units.

Let us now talk a look into some top products that were showcased during the conference. The first product which has a bright future and has a huge potential based on the earlier spectacular run rate  by the earlier versions is XtremIO X2 as depicted in Figure 2.

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Figure 2 : XtremIO X2 box

 

XtremIO X2 offers a 25 percent increase in the data reduction capabilities compared with the previous version, and supports scale-up in addition to scale-out to let customers add additional storage densities to previously deployed nodes while cutting total cost of ownership by half on a per-gigabyte basis. It delivers low latency; unmatched storage efficiency with inline all-the-time data services; rich application integrated copy services; and unprecedented management simplicity.  The USPs for this product can be summarized as follows:-

  • 4 to 20 times data reduction using inline deduplication and compression, XtremIO Virtual Copies, and thin provisioning. Gains two times more XtremIO Virtual Copies.
  • Enhanced Integrated Copy Data Management (iCDM).
  • Multi-dimensional scaling.
  • Elegant software driven performance improvements.
  • Dramatically lower TCO with efficiency guarantees.
  • Enables unique copy data management capabilities to unlock business agility through improved workflows.
  • Reduces costs by one third and provides smaller, incremental scaling options.
  • Provides two times longer storage product lifecycles than traditional arrays.

 

The next product which comes to my mind is “Next Generation Unity” as depicted in figure 3.


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Figure 3 : DELLEMC Unity bo

 

DELLEMC Unity is the midrange storage portfolio and is optimized for all-flash performance and simplicity. It utilizes CPU and memory optimally with 16 times the storage density, with up to 80 15.3-TB SSDs, and a 30 percent performance improvement over the current generation. They can handle a maximum file size of 256 TB compared with the current 64 TB. Installation takes less than10 minutes, All new Dell EMC Unity models include 4x larger file system with inline file compression, iCDM with snapshot mobility, simpler mapped RAID protection and support for external encryption key management via KMIP (Key Management Interoperability Protocol). Additionally, Dell EMC Unity features an 8x increase in density and 8x more effective file system capacity than its predecessor, 33% faster than previous generations.

In the data protection arena, the product that got released in DELLEMC World 2017 and worth mentioning is the Integrated Data Protection Appliance as depicted in figure 4.

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Figure 4 : Data Protection Suite

 

The Integrated Data Protection Appliance is a new turnkey offering that combines the company's Data Domain backup appliance with a new version of its Data Protection Suite software. The appliance allows customers to go from installation to back up in less than three hours. Dell EMC protects more than 150 PB of data in the cloud, which is 2x better than the closest competitor. Data Protection Suite introduces Disaster Recovery and Protection Storage in the cloud. This appliance takes up to 10X faster time vis-à-vis any other traditional build on other data protection alternatives and 20% faster performance than the closest competitor. It also brings together industry-leading deduplication (average 55:1 deduplication rate) for data residing both on premise and in the cloud.

 

There are many more products which got unleashed in DELLEMC World and are worth mentioning. I will discuss more about those products in my next blog.

 




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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 10:00 am – 11:30 am PST

 

Realize Workforce Transformation

 

Listen to Jeff Clarke discuss how our customers and partners are designing, building and running their businesses on Dell. VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger will then share a perspective on the next wave of innovation in mobile-cloud technology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 2: NEWS HIGHLIGHTS


 

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IoT NEWS: Dell Technologies announces new Internet of Things (IoT) products and partnerships to help customers simplify their IoT deployments and more quickly realize digital transformation

  • New VMware Pulse IoT Center, Dell EMC IoT Technology Advisory Services make it easier to deploy IoT
  • New IoT partnerships with Atos, Bosch and more
  • Dell EMC & VMware help found EdgeX Foundry, a Linux Foundation project to build open framework for edge computing
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MEET ALICE: The world's first AI-based virtual advisor for women entrepreneurs; Circular Board developed in partnership with Dell and Pivotal

  • Driven by data analytics, Alice connects women entrepreneurs in real-time mentors, resources and events that help scale their businesses
  • Machine learning will predict users' needs and curate targeted content
  • Pivotal developed and deployed Alice's software in 3+months, and Pivotal technology will allow Alice to evolve
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IT TRANSFORMATION CUSTOMER AWARD WINNERS: Dell EMC honored six winners of 2017 IT Transformation REALIZED awards, forward-thinking customers who use our technologies and services to drive IT transformation and become digital businesses

  • These companies (see logos at left) were among their respective industry's best in modernizing infrastructure, automating service delivery & transforming operating models and organizational relationships

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Monday, May 8, 2017 10:00 am – 11:30 am PST

 

Realize Your Digital Future

 

Hear Michael Dell discuss Dell Technologies’ vision for the future followed by David Goulden, who will build on Michael’s industry viewpoint and elaborate on the specific impact of digital transformation on IT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dell EMC World COE Leadership Panel


On Day 1, Dell EMC World COE Leadership panel - Digital Transformation: Global Voices - was successfully held. Bob Savage (VP and GM of Ireland COE), Orna Berry (VP and GM of Israel COE), Wei Liu (VP and GM of China COE), and Sarv Saravanan (VP and GM of India COE) joined the live TV interview, to share global insights on how digital transformation is impacting customers and communities and how Dell EMC is using our technology, innovation, skilled teams and global presence to help these groups achieve success.

 

 

 

Day 1 News Highlights:

 

DELL TECHNOLOGIES CAPITAL: Ventures arm comes out of stealth mode, is investing approximately $100 million annually in promising startups with innovative technology

  • Ventures team focuses on emerging tech areas relevant to our unique family of businesses
  • DTC has actively invested in more than 70 early-stage startups to date
  • Offers startups access to resources, scale and expertise

 

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PowerEdge 14G SERVERS: We're #1 in servers, and we're previewing new PowerEdge Servers that are the bedrock of a modern, software-defined data center; they scale with the business, automate routine tasks, proactively secure the data center

  • Enable  up to 50% more VDI users per server
  • Easy-to-use, next-gen OpenManage Enterprise console is engineered to unify system management
  • Includes new security features for enhanced protection against malicious threats

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HYPERCONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE (HCI) UPDATES: HCI portfolio updates and new cloud consumption model makes IT simpler to acquire, deploy and manage

  • VxRail Appliances 4.5: Jointly engineered with VMware; expand enterprise software & hardware options
  • VxRack FLEX supports PowerEdge servers; XC Series integrate data protection, Pivotal Cloud Foundry
  • VDI Complete Solutions: Reduce barriers to desktop and application virtualization on HCI

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NEW ALL-FLASH, MIDRANGE, SCALE-OUT STORAGE: Major platform additions to high-end, midrange and unstructured storage systems help customers modernize and transform IT:

  • VMAX 950F All-Flash: Up to 4x faster than nearest competitor for world's most critical workloads
  • XtremIO X2 All-Flash: 3x higher capacity, 25% better storage efficiency, 80% better response times
  • Dell EMC Unity Midrange All-Flash: up to 4x greater file system capacity, 8x increase in density; deploy in 10 mins
  • SC5020 Midrange Hybrid: up to 45% more IOPs, 2x greater capacity, market's lowest hybrid array $/GB
  • Isilon Scale-out NAS: Up to 9x the IOPs, 18x the throughput, 21x capacity of closest competitor

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EXPANDED DATA PROTECTION: New offerings protect, back up and recover data anytime, anywhere

  • New turnkey Integrated Data Protection Appliance: Storage, protection, search & analytics in easy-to-deploy solution
  • Up to 10x faster time to protect than traditional alternatives; 20% faster performance than closest competitor
  • Industry-leading deduplication (55:1 average) for data residing both on premise and in the cloud
  • 4 models scale from 34 TB to 1 PB (including Cloud Tier) for maximum flexibility & choice

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OPEN NETWORKING: Open Networking switches pair with PowerEdge 14G servers and Dell EMC Storage to form foundation for software-defined data centers

  • Dell EMC's first 25GbE Open Networking switch offers 2x throughout of 10GbE switches
  • Dell EMC's first Open Networking platform for unified storage network switching, supports 16Gb/32Gb Fibre Channel
  • New family of energy efficient, cost-effective Open Networking switches for SMBs enable workforce transformation

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SOFTWARE-DEFINED STORAGE (SDS): SDS portfolio now supports PowerEdge 14G servers, introducing new levels of performance and scalability

  • ScaleIO:
  • ECS Updates: ECS.Next enhances data protection/management & analytics; ECS Dedicated Cloud Service lets customers use ECS through hybrid cloud model
  • IsilonSD Edge: Now supports VMware ESX V6.5 and virtual storage platforms like ScaleIO and VMware vSAN

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What's Tomorrow......

 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 10:00 am – 11:30 am PST

Realize Workforce Transformation

 

Listen to Jeff Clarke discuss how our customers and partners are designing, building and running their businesses on Dell. VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger will then share a perspective on the next wave of innovation in mobile-cloud technology.

 

 

 

 

 


As we all know, the EMC World Conference held every year in May has been an important channel for the storage industry to understand EMC technology, products and solutions. This year's Dell EMC World conference will be held in Las Vegas from May 8th to 11th. This is the first time after the merger of EMC business-oriented conference, the size is greater than Dell EMC World 2016 held in Austin last year. This is the first time that all Dell Technologies' brands have come together to demonstrate the power of technology.

 

 

 

The theme of this conference is Realize (Realize Your Digital Future, to achieve your digital future). A total of more than 12,000 IT practitioners, business executives, media and analysts were invited. Based on past feedback from the participants, EMC World is absolutely rave reviews, worth the value of the tickets:

 

 

 

What are the highlights of this year's conference? Personally think that can be divided into three categories:


1. New product release

2. Keynote Speech

          Including Michael Dell, David Goulden, Diane Bryant (Intel), Jeff Clarke, Pat Gelsinger, Jeremy Burton, Chad Sakac, Jeff               Boudreau, Beth Phalen, Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, Josh Bernstein, Manuvir Das and other senior executives from Dell's brands for a           number of keynote speeches on digital transformation,

          http://www.dellemcworld.com/general-sessions.htm

3. More than 500 group discussions and lectures

          For specific schedules please visit: https://emcworldonline.com/2017/connect/search.ww


 

 

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With Dell EMC VxRack powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, Dell EMC and VMware have built a turnkey hyperconverged solution designed to support both traditional and cloud-native database workloads. Dell EMC VxRack was designed to enable enterprise companies and service providers to more easily and cost-effectively deploy the foundation for a complete software-defined private cloud that provides the flexibility and scalability required to support oracle databases that are becoming more complex and resource-hungry which in turn impacting the DB performance further. In this regard, Dell EMC is developing hyperconverged platforms like VxRack that meet the demanding and ever-changing requirements of businesses and databases which are used on the top of VxRack because of umteen benefits. In this endeavor, DELL EMC has also published a paper where it demonstrates the efficacies of using Oracle DB in VxRack environment.


What

8 pages product overview: “Advantages of Dell EMC VxRack Systems for Oracle :

Databases”  Highlights benefits including:

  • Easy Provisioning— Use automation for efficient installation, running, and improving performance of Oracle databases.
  • Ease of Use – Preconfigured, loaded, tested, and fully optimized IT stack, which is delivered from the factory as a fully assembled solution to help run Oracle databases
  • Building blocks for growth – Use step-sized building blocks for future data-center environments.
  • Compelling Economics - Use a single support vendor and automated updates to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) ,OPEX and CAPEX.
  • Oracle licensing on VxRack Systems - Understand about oracle DB licensing under VxRack environment.

When

Available immediately to general public on emc.com: Download here

Why

Conversation starter for sales and pre-sales to use with prospects.  Reference hyperlink in email or print and leave behind

Who

  • Marketing communications: Sam Lucido and team
  • Editing and production: Indranil Chakrabarti, Colleen Jones, Sam Lucido
  • Sponsorship: Keith Miracle

Next

A blog to explain the paper. Click here. To get a presentation for this paper, click here.

Questions

Indranil Chakrabarti, Sam Lucido

 


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When we look at any typical organization’s pain points, we see that maintaining a stable performance comes at its top priority/challenges with exponential increase in the volume of data along with other following challenges:-

 

  • Complexity in handling structured & unstructured data with varied business requirements, performance SLAs etc.
  • Different direct and indirect constraints imposed on database Scalability due to various isolated restriction on data center components like servers, networking, storage etc.
  • Manageability and access issues of database as the amount of data generated and collected are exploding.
  • Protecting the data at any cost as it will hit the reputation and goodwill of a company not to mention about the impending costs.
  • Ways to ingest/consume data by eliminating inefficiencies, automating processes and improving productivity.

 

When I looked into the above challenges, I was trying to think of a single vendor solution which will take care of all the issues mentioned above in a cost effective manner which will not only reduce the Capex and Opex substantially but will also facilitate the Oracle DBAs to contain the daily firefighting.  At this moment I can only think of using Hyperconverged infrastructure(HCI) which will take care of all the issues mentioned above. Within the HCI domain, the Dell EMC VxRack is considered to be the best choice.

Let me now introduce VxRack as depicted in Figure 1. VxRack is a turnkey hyper-converged solution powered by VMware Cloud Foundation. These systems consist of pre-loaded software and compute, storage, and network components in a hyper-converged stack co-engineered by Dell EMC and VMware.VxRack capable of supporting both traditional and cloud-native workloads. VxRack starts with as few as 8 Dell PowerEdge server nodes and scale up by adding nodes one at a time, or scale out by adding racks. The domain of a single VxRack system can be 190+ nodes, spanning more than 8 cabinets, with PowerEdge R630 or R730xd systems that bring greater capacity and 40 percent more CPU performance without costing more money. Anyone who isn’t a hyper-scale provider and/or doesn’t have a vast “hardware as service” team, VxRack is for them.

 

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Figure 1: VxRack Systems

 

 

 

There are 2 flavors of VxRack which work equally well with Oracle databases namely:-

1. Dell EMC VxRack System FLEX (VxRack FLEX)

2. Dell EMC VxRack System SDDC (VxRack SDDC)

 

The benefits of using VxRack Flex are as follows:-

 

  • Asymmetric scale: Configure the hyperconverged infrastructure to add compute and storage capabilities to address specific workload requirements of Oracle databases.
  • Bare metal: Use a physical Oracle database infrastructure to fetch data from the hard disk (remain physical) in a hyperconverged infrastructure.
  • Easy provisioning: Use automation to simplify management and storage lifecycle capabilities for efficient installation, running, and performance of Oracle databases.
  • Flexible personality support: Provision for multiple hypervisors and dedicated storage.
  • Elastic: Grow the system with more flexibility and options, as and when required, without application interruption or downtime.
  • Building blocks for growth: Use step-sized building blocks for future data-center environments.
  • Ready to use: Use a preconfigured, loaded, tested, and fully optimized IT stack, which is delivered from the factory as a fully assembled and supported solution to help run Oracle databases with minimal tuning of database configuration and performance parameters.
  • Compelling economics: Use a single support vendor, built-in management reporting, and automated updates to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) and significantly improve your OPEX and CAPEX

 

The benefits of using VxRack SDDC are as follows:-


  • Dedicated Resource Pool : Workload domain feature that enables the creation of separate pools of resources that are dedicated to the Oracle databases
  • Lower TCO: Lower cost because the databases are part of a larger standardized infrastructure
  • Better Granularity level management: Ability to specify capacity, performance, and availability characteristics in an isolated workload domain.

 

VxRack Systems are ideal for Oracle databases because the infrastructure eliminates hardware complexities, and provides flexibility, performance, and protection at enterprise levels. For example, with the current VxRack System setup, database environment can be protected using Avamar software with the Data Domain system, Data Domain with Dell EMC DD Boos software for Oracle, and EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines. Enterprise-class support for the hyperconverged infrastructure with lifecycle-system assurance ensures the best system performance. Other benefits of using VxRack Systems include:

 

  • All-flash storage configurations maximize performance for mission-critical workloads. You can deliver sub millisecond performance for physical reads and writes for Oracle databases.
  • Extreme scalability, enabling growth and performance by adding nodes. Adding nodes is seamless and non-disruptive to an existing VxRack System, making expansion easy.
  • The advantages of using the VxRack System with Oracle databases include:
  • A hyperconverged solution accelerates standardization, speeds up deployment, and simplifies IT operations.
  • Support for the entire integrated stack is through a single support organization for all layers, which helps to refocus investment from OPEX to CAPEX.
  • The database infrastructure ensures continued compliance with Oracle database licensing.

 

In my next blog, I will talk more about the details of Oracle Database licensing on VxRack and its components.

 


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Running Oracle database on VxRail can be part of Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).  SDDC is simply the logical extension of server virtualization. Analogous to the way that server virtualization dramatically maximizes the deployment of computing power, the SDDC does the same for all of the resources needed to host an application, including storage, networking and security.

 

Running Oracle database applications with a software defined datacenter and VxRail hyper-converged architecture, all resources are virtualized so they can be automatically deployed, with little or no human involvement. Database applications can be operational in minutes, shortening time to value and dramatically reducing IT staff time spent on application provisioning and deployment.

 

Faster Time to Value

 

The data center today is more than just a cost center—it is viewed by business users and executives as a competitive differentiator and strategic asset. Meeting and exceeding these expectations requires an automated infrastructure that can provision resources in minutes, not weeks, so that key applications are up and running quickly—and delivering business value. In the SDDC, resources are deployed automatically from pools, speeding the time to application rollout and providing an unprecedented degree of flexibility in the data center architecture. As a result, the organization has the agility to respond quickly to changes in the marketplace—and gain competitive advantage.

 

The integration of Oracle DBaaS into Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud fully supports Oracle users with a self-service environment. For IT, this results in an automated, repeatable process that reduces errors and improves time-to-value.

 

For the end-user to be able to request a multi-node clustered database on-demand, using the self-service portal is highly beneficial. It reduces significant time and effort otherwise required to deploy a cluster manually. The user simply makes the request and then receives an automated email with deployment details when the request is complete.

 

 

Minimize IT Spend

 

By pooling and intelligently assigning resources, the software-defined data center with VxRail maximizes the utilization of the physical infrastructure, extending the value of investments. The SDDC makes use of commodity x86 hardware (now support Dell PowerEdge), cutting capital spend and reducing on-going maintenance expenses compared to proprietary solutions. IT staff devotes less time to routine tasks, maximizing productivity. The net result is a dramatic drop in CapEx and OpEx spend—50 percent and more for some enterprises.

 

With intelligent Oracle licensing strategy and the effective isolation of virtual machines in a VMware environment, expensive Oracle applications license cost can be dramatically reduced.

 

Scalability and Performance

 

Based on VMware vSphere and VSAN software, and built with new Intel Broadwell processors, the VxRail Appliance allows you to start small and grow, scaling capacity and performance easily and non-disruptively. All-flash VxRail Appliances include efficient and in-line deduplication, compression, and erasure coding. With these enterprise-class data services VxRail delivers high performance all-flash with increased usable capacity.

 

Eliminate Vendor Lock-in

 

Today’s data center features a staggering array of custom hardware in routers, switches, storage controllers, firewalls, intrusion detection and other components. In the SDDC with VxRail, all of these functions are performed by software running on commodity x86 servers. Instead of being locked in to the vendor’s hardware, IT managers can buy commodity servers in quantity through a competitive bid process. This shift not only saves money, but also avoids situations where problems in the vendor’s manufacturing process or supply chain result in delivery delays and impact data center operations.

 

The VxRail Series integrates VMware Virtual SAN and virtualization to provide a complete Hyper-converged infrastructure.

 

VMware Virtual SAN is integrated in your VxRail Appliance to provide Software-Defined Storage (SDS).  Virtual SAN is not a VSA, but is embedded in the ESXi hypervisor kernel’s I/O data path. As a result,  Virtual SAN can deliver the higher performance with minimum CPU and memory overhead.

 

Virtual SAN pools the VxRail Appliance's internal SSDs and HDDs on the ESXi hosts to present a single datastore for all hosts in the cluster. Virtual SAN uses a highly available, distributed, object-based architecture. Virtual SAN mirrors and distributes the individual virtual disk (VMDK) across the datastore.

 

Free IT Staff for Innovation

 

The SDDC with VxRail includes a management framework with built-in intelligence to eliminate complex and brittle management scripts, enabling cloud-scale operations with less manual effort and significant cost savings.

 

The VxRail Series offers advanced features including automatic deployment, automatic scale out, fault tolerance, and diagnostic logging.

 

By integrating of Oracle DBaaS into Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, you can quickly and effectively provision, manage, and migrate Oracle Database 12c as a Service with ASM on Enterprise Hybrid Cloud. This includes single-instance and RAC configurations.

 

With less time spent on routine tasks, IT staff can focus on more strategic tasks that drive innovation—a key management expectation of the corporate IT function today.

 

Unmatched Efficiency and Resiliency

 

The SDDC provides a flexible and stable platform for any application, including innovative services such as high-performance computing, big data (Hadoop), and latency-sensitive applications. Provisioning and management are automated by programmable policy-based software. Changes are made and workloads balanced by adjusting the software layer rather than hardware. When a failure occurs, the management software in the SDDC automatically redirects workloads to other servers anywhere in the datacenter, minimizing service-level recovery time and avoiding outages.

 

 

More Options for High Availability and Recoverability 

 

HA solutions for Oracle databases are complex, costly, difficult to maintain, or altogether non-existent. VMware provides a lower cost, yet highly effective HA solution that is optimal for many workloads. If your DR solution is for the database only, you are missing out on DR coverage for the rest of the application stack required to make that database work. VMware encapsulates the application stack and, when coupled with proper configuration and testing of replication, provides as close to perfect recoverability as any solution can get.

 

 

Development/Test/QA Process and Flexibility

 

Developers need systems and data that are like production in every way possible. When they get quick access to production-like development environments, development time is reduced, and features are more robust on release.

 

Do you want to move your database workload from one licensed server to another? Do you want the advantages of a private, hybrid, or public cloud environment? Do you want to create live data-centers that are thousands of miles apart, and be able to swing back and forth between them? VMware virtualization, coupled with stretch storage solutions from EMC can facilitate these options.

 

The optimum environment to test on is production itself. That can be risky, however, since the production system needs to keep your organization running. VMware allows you to provide an exact copy of the production environment to the Test/QA team without impacting your critical systems.

 

Better Security

 

Not only does VMware create a minimalized attack profile with its small footprint hypervisor, but also advanced security features like Trusted Execution Technology from Intel allow virtual machines to validate security down to the chip level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reference:

 

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