In my last blog (part 1 of this blog) I was talking about the relevance and the architecture of VxBlock with respect to the oracle database.


We were analyzing the main components of VxBlock which are as follows :-



  • Compute
  • Networking
  • Network virtualization
  • Storage
  • Virtualization


Let us now discuss each of the above components in regard to oracle databases:-


The Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) within VxBlock systems system offers a scalable, high-performance computing platform for running Oracle databases. Oracle databases on VxBlock architecture provide built-in reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS). This helps to ensure nonstop access to important applications and data at a lower total cost of ownership.

The UCS Servers within VxBlock are automatically configured through unified, profile-based management. UCS server within VxBlock system helps us in the following way:

  • Simplify the VxBlock infrastructure with ease of use.
  • Helps in Virtualizing Oracle databases with vsphere
  • Improve business agility
  • Increase efficiency and performance



Cisco networking within VxBlock accelerates and strengthens security of Oracle applications and databases. Cisco UCS inside VxBlock also extend these benefits with the addition of a high-performance x86 platform optimized for Oracle solutions. This networking architecture provides the following benefits:

  • Simplifies deployment of Oracle applications and databases
  • Improves Oracle application and database performance
  • Accelerates new implementations and upgrades
  • Enhances operational flexibility, security, and efficiency


Network Virtualization

Network Virtualization is implemented by VMware NSX which is the market leading implementation of network virtualization from VMware. NSX is a multi-hypervisor solution that leverages the vSwitches already present in server hypervisors across the data center. NSX coordinates the vSwitches and the network services pushed to them for connected VMs to effectively deliver a platform – or “network hypervisor” – for the creation of virtual networks.

It offers the following benefits:-

  • Compatibility with most of the application, hypervisor, network infrastructure and cloud management program. It facilitates oracle database from any potential operational bottlenecks.
  • Simplifies networking and hence better performance of DBs.
  • Helps in delivering DbaaS in the cloud.
  • Automation of Oracle Database infrastructure



The XtremIO Storage which is inbuilt with VxBlock 540 provides the following benefits to Oracle Database :-

  • Performance
    • Sub-millisecond Latency
    • Very high IOPS
    • Scale-out architecture
  • Efficiency
    • Inline Deduplication and Compression(Helps in on-boarding DEV,QA and other SIT databases)
    • Thin Provisioning (helps in Consolidating databases with optimum storage requirements)
    • XtremIO Data Protection(provides highest protection of Oracle data)
  • Simplicity
    • Easy to use interface.
    • Minimal design and implementation efforts
    • Simple Volume Provisioning



Virtualization in VxBlock systems is accomplished by VMWARE Vsphere. So far as Oracle Database is concerned, the following benefits are derived from the vSphere virtualization:-

  • High Performance I/O in VMware ESX
  • Resource management capabilities of VxBlock
  • Maintaining Oracle DBaaS SLAs with minimal effort and resources in the VxBlock system.
  • Server level high availability, disaster recovery, performance guarantees, provisioning time constraints and security requirements can be enforced with lesser TCO.
  • Higher licensing cost of Oracle can be reduced.



VxBlock Systems are all-flash-based converged infrastructure systems for mixed, high-performance workloads and emerging third-platform applications. Leveraging EMC XtremIO, all Flash media storage and Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI)-ready network, these systems deliver scale-out performance at ultralow latency. Additionally, combined with VCE Technology Extensions for EMC, VxBlock 540 is an ideal platform for big data analytics and end-user computing. In a nutshell, we derive the following benefits from VxBlock with regard to the Oracle databases :-

  1. Accelerate to cloud speed in a flash.
  2. Scale-out performance at low latency
  3. Superior Flexibility in consolidating multiple workloads without compromising performance or availability
  4. Centralized management and Support for Oracle database.
  5. Highest levels of database availability, resiliency and durability for critical applications and resources.
  6. Inbuilt and Enhanced Data Protection solutions from backup to recovery for Oracle DBs thereby ensuring business continuity.




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