Oracle: Smart Data Creation For Less-Fuss-Storage

Oracle believes that their unique solutions and position in the market enables them to offer better storage and archival solutions.

 Amit Malhotra, Director of Storage Sales in Japan and APAC, for Oracle’s system division said, “There are 3 to 4 ways to manage data; virtualisation, thin provisioning, tiering and compression among others; that practically all storage vendors can offer.


“Because of this, the differentiator (for which storage to get) becomes price per terabyte.” He added the challenges start to arise when all discussions begin to revolve around management of storage and scaling it up to meet businesses’ needs.


Amit believes that this is a discussion which is unnecessary, and that because Oracle understands data, adding more storage for example, need never come into the conversation. “We understand not only how to manage data, but are involved in the whole lifecycle of data, from its creation to distribution, management and also archival.”


The Oracle advantage emerges because data is created at the database and application layers, two elements of the lifecycle that Oracle has solutions for, and already integrates well together. He explained that compression could already be done at data creation level to reduce its size and ensuing app acceleration, by up to 10 times.  “This already delivers increased savings and efficiency.” Physical hardware and costs of managing data decreases; bandwidth costs when moving the data becomes lower as well.


“There is integration between hardware and software, so Oracle can invoke that (feature),” said Amit. Oracle databases use Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC), a feature which was previously found only in their high-end Exabyte database product range. There are further advantages in terms of encryption when compared to ala-carte encryptions from other vendors.  “Ala-carte components have their own encryption/decryption engines and some kind of management layer to make them talk together. There could be as many as 3 to 4 cycles of compression and de-compression. With Oracle it’s all just one single instance.”


With end-to-end Oracle stack compression at database layer, the same instance of data is happening from beginning to end. This leaves IOPs (input-output operations per second) available and free to run other tasks like queries.


One of the interfaces for Storage Tek Tape Analytics software


Since April, there is now also a new tape analytics software for Oracle’s Storage Tek archival solutions, that simplifies tape management and monitors the ‘health’ of data, warning businesses when things are going south.


Amit emphasised, “(It’s important) to talk to customers at time of data creation, not after data is created and they hand it back to you saying, ‘Here’s your mess, manage it for me.”

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