Oracle and LSI developed a clustered file system benchmark to demonstrate that Oracle SecureFiles delivers comparable file-system-like performance with increased scalability using a database for storing and managing structured and unstructured data.
Oracle SecureFiles, a key feature of Oracle Database 11g, enables customers to store unstructured file content such as images, audio, video, PDFs and spreadsheets. Oracle SecureFiles is engineered to deliver high performance for file data comparable to that of traditional file systems while retaining the reliability, scalability and security advantages of Oracle Database 11g.
Breakthrough performance of 4.5GB/sec was achieved running Oracle SecureFiles BLOBs (binary large objects) on an LSI Engenio 7900 storage system. This data throughput is comparable to an application streaming large files, like images, audio or video content.
This benchmark result also demonstrated outstanding performance for databases in managing small- to medium-sized BLOBs in the database. Oracle SecureFiles features world class performance for managing files in the database by delivering an astounding 171 million document reads per hour.
The LSI Engenio 7900 storage system configuration consisted of 243 Fibre Channel 15Krpm drives attached to seven-node IBM System x3950 M2 server cluster running 8 to 16 CPUs and 32GB to 64GB of memory. When measured from one-, four-, and seven-node configurations, Oracle SecureFiles with Oracle Real Application Clusters shows outstanding scalability using the Engenio 7900, achieving 700 MB/sec, 2.8GB/sec and 4.5GB/sec, respectively, while maintaining superior performance and availability.
Based on seventh-generation XBB2 architecture, the LSI Engenio 7900 storage system delivers industry-leading bandwidth to support the most demanding mixed-application workloads and the real-world challenges of large-scale server virtualization and consolidation implementations. The system combines high reliability and availability features to help ensure continuous high-speed data access. In addition, the 7900’s multi-dimensional adaptability features allow customers to adapt to evolving infrastructure, capacity and application requirements. LSI also recently announced 8GFC host connectivity for the 7900 system, which provides headroom for even greater performance results.
“Traditionally, relational data is stored in a database while unstructured data is stored as files in file systems. Oracle SecureFiles optimizes the use of the database for storage of all enterprise data, structured or unstructured,” said Juan Loaiza, senior vice president, Systems Technology, Oracle. “Based on the performance results we’ve achieved in benchmark tests, Oracle SecureFiles can provide customers with performance that is far greater than file systems – offering a best-of-both-worlds architecture.”
“Through our benchmark testing with Oracle, we’ve established the LSI Engenio 7900 system as the world's leading reference architecture for SecureFiles,” said Vic Mahadevan, vice president of marketing and product management, Engenio Storage Group, LSI. “Whether the data is structured or unstructured, the 7900 provides superior price/performance and scalability for database and data warehousing workloads at a low cost of ownership.”
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