Published on 7 Oct 2013
I/O-intensive applications like SAP, Oracle and SQL have given IT directors an appetite for flash-storage performance. Until now, most have been scared off by SSD sticker shock. Now, Dell is the only major vendor that has found a way to offer flash solutions at disk economics. Alan Atkinson, Vice President and General Manager, Dell Storage, tells you how it's done.
In today’s datacenter, customers are utilizing VMware™ virtualization solutions and Dell™ EqualLogic™ PS Series SAN storage to consolidate servers and storage for better utilization, efficiency and ease of management.The Dell Virtual Storage Manager v4.0 (VSM) is the latest version of VMware vCenter plug-ins that allows administrators to manage and provision storage as well as coordinate data protection and recovery within their VMware vSphere virtual environment. The Dell VSM is a virtual appliance that is downloaded as part of the all-inclusive Dell EqualLogic software support and can be installed into an existing VMware vCenter environment. VSM contains many features and abilities that help VMware administrators gain better control and functionality over their EqualLogic environment including:
-New flex web UI to work in vSphere 5.1 and 5.5 environments
-Datastore Manager - a feature to provision, expand, delete and monitor EqualLogic Datastores
-VSM Smart Copies and Replication - allows the creation of hypervisor consistent snapshots, clones and replicas for data protection and disaster recovery
-Dell EqualLogic VASA Provider - a set of API calls that allow vCenter and the EqualLogic SAN to communicate for better storage awareness
With SSDs, 1-10 Gbit ethernet and hybrid storage options, your storage environment is becoming more and more complicated. Check out this video, now available, to learn how to add or remove members of different generations, choosing the right pool and member RAID type, adding 10 Gigabit members to 1 Gigabit SAN, performance and load balancing and more.
For many Enterprises, an Oracle database environment is vital to the operational success of the business, and managing that environment is a complex endeavor. Database Administrators need to consider a multitude of issues. Some of them are storage options capable of accommodating the increasingly dynamic and demanding requirements of a growing database, delivering high I/O performance, and provide ways to automate storage-related tasks to reduce both total cost of ownership and potential for human error. With the features of Dell Compellent Storage Center, one can simplify daily responsibilities of database administration by streamlining some advanced database tasks.
Dell Compellent Storage Center arrays provide enterprise-class storage built on a virtualized design that complements Oracle database deployments as well as the management of them. Thin provisioning, thin replication, replays, and automated tiered storage capabilities in Storage Center work in harmony with Oracle, regardless of ASM or standard fs are used for the database, to offer highly efficient simplified storage management.
Join us for a live customer webcast where we will discuss and demo several integration points between Dell Compellent and Oracle. This one-hour webcast will cover several topics, including:
• Dell Compellent and Oracle Best Practices
• Storage Center and Oracle configuration
• Using Storage Center Replays to clone a database
• Using Storage Center Replays to offload RMAN backups to a dedicated backup server
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George Crump - Storage Switzerland, Bob Fine - Dell Storage
Storage Switzerland was recently commissioned by Dell Storage to audit a lab test of their new Compellent All-Flash Array. This storage system is the first to tier between types of flash just like legacy storage systems tier between types of hard disk drives.
In this interactive webinar George Crump, Lead Analyst at Storage Switzerland and Bob Fine, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Dell Storage guide you through this important innovation in All-Flash storage. Attendees will learn why tiering of flash types will become critical as the technology advances, how tiering works in the Compellent All-Flash Array, what the performance impact of tiering a flash only system is and most important, what this capability provides the mainstream data center.
All pre-registrants will receive an advanced copy of Storage Switzerland's Lab Report "Dell’s Mixed All-Flash Array Delivers Safer High Performance".
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