The PowerMax family was specifically created to fully unlock the performance benefits that NVMe offers to applications. NVMe is a set of standards that defines a PCI express (PCIe) interface used to efficiently access Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) storage media. PowerMax NVM media includes both NAND-based flash storage and dual-ported Storage Class Memory (SCM) drive technology such as Intel Optane.
In the PowerMaxOS Q3 2019 release, PowerMax added support for SCM drives together with Machine Learning (ML) algorithms for data placement when both NAND and SCM drives are used. The update also introduced end-to-end FC-NVMe (NVMe over Fiber-Channel Fabrics) to optimize data access between server and storage, and 32 Gb front-end modules that allow faster connectivity speed per port.
At the same time, the PowerMax family continues to provide all the features required by enterprise applications such as six-nines (99.9999%) availability, encryption, replications, data reduction, and massive consolidation, now delivered with I/O latencies that are measured in microseconds.
This white paper explains and demonstrates the benefits and best practices of deploying Oracle databases on PowerMax storage systems.