By Michael Harding, Product Marketing Manager, FlexPod
Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) is larger than ever, with 60,000 attendees expected this year. One of the largest technology shows, this one will cover a wealth of topics including Cloud and Big Data, but primarily centered on Business Applications and what’s news for them. This emphasis on Business applications is what makes this show so important for FlexPod.
FlexPod is the converged infrastructure solution with validated designs that speeds IT infrastructure and application deployment, while reducing cost, complexity and project risk. In the spring at IOUG we talked about specific Oracle validated designs that we’ve developed on FlexPod, and this continued roadmap of validations and new programs for FlexPod continues on. Not long after OOW closes, FlexPod will be announcing new designs for Clouds, as well as FlexPod management enhancements, and the Cooperative Support program. Watch the FlexPodCommunity for this news as it’s released. With FlexPod, companies can deploy business-critical solutions faster, with less risk, and reduce total cost of IT infrastructure at the same time.
The term “Business-critical” gets batted around by vendors, as they do with “Cloud” and “Software defined…” whatever. In the case of NetApp, it’s important to point out that with the latest enhancements to our #1 storage O/S, Data ONTAP, we are able to deliver the most non-disruptive storage layer for leading business databases and applications such as those from Oracle. FlexPod with clustered Data ONTAP minimizes business disruption through the ability to virtualize and non-disruptively move data volumes across physical systems. That is, storage systems and system data can be worked on while business databases and applications are still running, thus eliminating storage maintenance windows and planned downtime.
Clustered Data ONTAP offers a unified scale-out storage solution for an adaptable, always-on storage infrastructure that accommodates today’s highly virtualized infrastructures. Organizations can virtualize storage across multiple HA pairs, managed as a single logical pool – and scale easily to tens of petabytes. Support for clustered Data ONTAP further differentiates the FlexPod platform, enabling customers to:
The other part making FlexPod a highly available platform for Oracle is the inherent HA features of the FlexPod solution. FlexPod is a highly available infrastructure solution, with HA features at all layers of the stack, designed for tier-1 business applications:
There are a large number of shared customers between Oracle and NetApp. Specific to FlexPod as a highly available and efficient IT platform, we have a few relevant, recent wins:
We’ve recently published a number of Oracle-based reference architectures for FlexPod. These new validated designs bring FlexPod converged infrastructure benefits to an expanding set of Oracle workloads. The three most recent are:
Everyone knows that Oracle is the market share leader in RDBMS, and more than that, they are an ISV associated with Tier 1 applications. The FlexPod integration with Oracle demonstrates the growing FlexPod investment in the Oracle database and application space, and maps to NetApp’s increasing movement into Tier 1 storage.
For our resellers and customers, the value of these designs is that they are pretested and validated Oracle database and application building blocks. Resellers really like the velocity that FlexPod brings them – being able to more quickly get solution infrastructure and packaged applications deployed, allowing more energy to be focused on the customization and development end of these engagements.
There are specific Oracle related uses and benefit areas that we’re seeing a lot of on FlexPod:
I hope it’s a productive and educational OOW for everyone. Monitor the FlexPodCommunity.com for Fall news on FlexPod, and while you’re there, share your thoughts and questions about FlexPod, Engineered Systems and Converged Infrastructure in general.
UPDATE 11/13/13: Link added for "FlexPod Datacenter with Oracle RAC on Oracle VM": http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/unified_computing/ucs/UCS_CVDs/flexpod_orcracovm_fcoe.html