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Briefing: Driving business growth with storage

Kate Lamb | July 23, 2012
Oracle says it can streamline IT with its ability to integrate hardware and software.

For those looking to access back data more easily, Ong said a better technique is to have Oracle Database use flash storage as a second level cache for data cached in server memory.

This means that as data ages out of the memory buffer cache, it is written back to the storage array for long-term data protection, while at the same time data blocks are also copied to available space on flash and are more easily retrieved. Such technology is known as Oracle's Database Smart Flash Cache that boost performance by 25 percent using just one-tenth of the existing storage, can make all the difference. This is an example of the world's first flash optimised database.

Oracle also makes available on its Oracle Hybrid Storage Pool, a DRAM, Flash Read- and Write-optimised SSDs, lower RPM and energy efficient high-capacity SAS-2 drives, as well as sophisticated analytics to manage the overall performance of the system.

Then there is the Database Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC). The HCC offers the highest level of data compression for Oracle database data. "It's a perfect match for read-intensive workloads and addressing the 85 to 90 percent of tier-1 database storage that is seldom or never updated," explained Ong.

Tititorn Semangern
Tititorn Semangern.

Tape has a future
Challenges do remain for CIOs trying to manage storage within the enterprise. Scalability, lack of management skills, complexities in aligning systems and data loss and security are among the key concerns. Looking at the impact of heavy flooding in Thailand last year is a case in point, highlighted one executive who attended the Bangkok event.

In the event of a natural disaster such as a flood, Tititorn Semangern, Senior Manager, IT Architect at Oracle Thailand, explained that Oracle gives businesses the option of data recovery by storing their tapes off-site. They might seem outdated but there is no denying that tape is still the cheapest media in terms of operations because it doesn't require power, but it is more than that. Tapes, said Semangern, give companies the option of tiered storage.

"We have a blueprint for what kind of storage you can use at the DR and production site; it depends on the disaster recovery requirements, it's flexible," said Semangern, adding that data systems can be tailored to the individualised business needs.

Rather than "locking customers in," he said, Oracle wants to simplify and streamline data storage, and subsequently enterprise IT so firms can maximise their operating systems. For Ong, the key message is that Oracle storage can help CIOs make IT simpler.

He added that Oracle systems offer applications that are 10 times faster at one-tenth of the storage size and of course, he said, employing Oracle software and hardware would surely be the best way.


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