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By Carlos M. Soares and Kerstin Woods
If your storage were smart and self-optimising, and could deliver QoS at a granular level, you'd be perfectly aligned. With the launch of [Oracle] FS1, Oracle seems to have built just that.
- Steve Duplessie, Senior Analyst and Founder, Enterprise Strategy Group
Customers today are facing a triad of issues requiring higher performance from their storage systems:
Flash storage is seen as the solution to these issues because it delivers the desired higher performance. But does all of your data need flash media? What if there were “a smart and self-optimising” storage system that automatically moves data across different media depending not only on frequency of usage, but also on the application’s performance requirements, media cost and business value? Introducing Oracle FS1 Flash Storage System.
Oracle FS1 intelligently delivers flash performance when you need it and reduces costs by moving data automatically to lower-cost media when you don’t—all driven by business priorities.
Given that only around 10 per cent of data is hot, current all-flash storage offerings are expensive and excessive for most data. Integrating flash storage from small start-ups into enterprise IT environments is risky and requires additional operational cycles, and retrofitting flash into existing legacy storage is inherently inefficient. Oracle offers an intelligent alternative to flash waste and flash-retrofitted legacy storage with an innovative flash storage system that transcends the limitations of existing all-flash storage arrays.
Oracle FS1 Flash Storage System is an enterprise-grade SAN storage system built on an established foundation of five generations of hardware and software flash innovation. Oracle FS1 is specifically architected to maximise the power of flash and the economics of disk without impacting the predictable performance expected from an all-flash array. It leverages the most intelligent management framework in the industry to efficiently move data in fine-grained blocks across four tiers of storage media with different performance and cost metrics. And, Oracle FS1 is coengineered with Oracle servers, operating systems, applications and databases to provide Oracle-unique functionality that delivers significant business value to customers.
Oracle FS1 Flash Storage System is the most intelligent flash storage system on the market. It monitors workloads, adaptively learns from usage patterns, and prioritises I/O processing based on customised business priorities and access patterns, not first in-first out—helping reduce data centre expenses and accelerate critical applications.
Granular Data Blocks
Oracle FS1 Flash Storage System delivers flash acceleration with disk economics. It moves data intelligently across four tiers of flash and disk storage in fine-grained 640 KB blocks—that’s 400x greater efficiency than the competition—to simultaneously optimise for cost, performance and business value, leading to substantial savings of valuable resources. And, unlike competitive offerings, all necessary software is included at no extra cost.
Uniquely Co-Engineered with Oracle Database and Applications
Oracle FS1 Flash Storage System is coengineered with Oracle Database and Applications to increase productivity, reduce complexity, simplify operations and reduce TCO. This includes Oracle-exclusive support for Hybrid Columnar Compression—compressing historical data by 10-50x and reducing total Oracle Database storage requirements by up to 40% compared to other vendors of SAN products.
Application Profiles for Streamlined Management
Oracle FS1 Flash Storage System comes with predefined Application Profiles that provide tuned and tested out-of-the-box storage optimisation for Oracle Database and key enterprise applications, which will include Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle JD Edwards, Oracle Siebel, Oracle PeopleSoft and Microsoft Exchange. With one click you can reduce the time to set up, provision and deploy applications—with a minimum of administration.
We are extremely pleased with Oracle FS1 Flash Storage System and will deploy it as the foundation of our virtualised, highly available private cloud. [Oracle] FS1 enables us to simplify storage services and SLA management to support our company’s growth.
- Julien Mousquenton, CTO, Groupe AGRICA
Meet Performance and Availability SLAs
Oracle FS1 Storage System’s priority-based allocation of shared resources ensures that you can maintain high levels of predictable performance across multiple workloads. It supports 24x7 operations with rapid failover and no single point of failure and protects against data loss with end-to-end data integrity validation.
Consolidate and Create Cloud Infrastructures with Secure Multitenancy
Oracle FS1 Flash Storage System helps accelerate consolidation projects and cloud deployments with secure, reliable multitenancy that can increase security and performance predictability by isolating data in private resource pools with individual QoS settings. With the extreme security and granular SLA management, IT managers can set up dedicated private storage domains for users, applications or companies, making Oracle FS1 an ideal platform for private, hybrid and public clouds. By leveraging Oracle FS1’s storage domains, you can lower operational expenses as you consolidate multiple SAN arrays, reducing management, power, cooling and space costs.
Imagine the performance and cost savings that you can achieve with 400x more efficient tiered flash storage today.