Many large organizations rely on Oracle databases for operational efficiency and business intelligence. For maximum application performance, Oracle databases need enterprise storage that drives efficiency, flexibility and reliability—and scales to meet changing business needs.
The Dell Compellent Storage Center SAN is an ideal storage platform for Oracle environments. Storage is virtualized to create a shared pool of resources within the array. This eliminates hot spots and supports Oracle best practices of spreading data across many drives. Thin provisioning enables DBAs to provision any size volumes yet only use capacity on write and add space on the fly. The Oracle autoextend clause automatically expands datafiles as the tablespace grows. Automated tiering moves inactive index data, table data and archive logs to lower-cost drives, freeing up space for redo logs and active datafiles on high-performance drives. DBAs don’t need to regularly back up or delete log archives, and they can keep key structured data online longer. Integration with ASM enhances load balancing and performance tuning.
Space-efficient snapshots, called Replays, allow DBAs to continuously protect Oracle databases without full-volume clones. These snapshots support Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) by offloading the hot backup process from production servers. DBAs can also replicate these snapshots and use them to quickly clone databases for testing and deployment.
- Create a high-performance pool of virtualized storage for databases, supporting Oracle best practices of spreading data across as many drives as possible
- Provision any size virtual volumes for Oracle databases upfront, yet only utilize physical capacity when the application writes data to disk
- Balance cost and performance by storing redo logs and active datafiles on high-performance drives, while moving inactive index data, table data and archive logs to high-capacity drives
- Continuously protect databases against downtime and disaster with space-efficient snapshots and thin replication, neither of which require full-volume clones
- Support RMAN by offloading the hot backup process from production to backup servers
- Create database clones for reporting and testing in a risk-free, non-production environment