Everyone from the boardroom to the server room is talking about the value of data. To harvest the maximum value from their data, businesses worldwide have invested in an impressive array of analytical tools for performing analysis, communicating insights, and informing decisions. The abundance of data sources combined with the velocity of new data generation has created a complex landscape of data management silos.
Many companies are considering the latest generation of scalable storage solutions to help address these complexities. Storage systems that are equipped with data reduction technologies can achieve greater value by controlling cost in the face of the ongoing demand for more space. Dell Technologies systems with always-on duplication and compression enable organizations to accommodate the demands of data growth long after the initial storage investment.
The Dell EMC PowerStore T family of storage arrays offers features that support increased performance, scalability, and storage efficiency. These arrays can enhance the value of enterprise-class database management solutions such as Oracle 19c Real Application Clusters (RAC). The benefits of Oracle RAC include the ability to scale workloads across multiple active servers. This ability improves system performance and enhances the server cluster’s ability to continue database services even during a system failure. PowerStore T arrays hosting Oracle RAC-supported applications enable organizations to lower the costs of providing high availability and accommodate the demands of data growth over the life cycle of applications.
The productivity of IT storage administrators managing highly available database environments depends significantly on the integration between their storage management tools and the database platform features. One of the ways companies can increase the productivity of their IT professionals is by automating and orchestrating a highly available database system. PowerStore T storage automation can quickly create copies of application data by using the snapshot and cloning services that are built into the array architecture. PowerStore T automation provides IT administrators with orchestration that enables full application life-cycle support, including provisioning of on-demand databases and point-in-time consistent refreshes.
The traditional approach to provisioning and refreshing database application environments uses the native backup and restore features of popular database management systems such as Oracle database management systems. According to our research, this traditional approach takes considerably longer and is more likely to fail or produce errors. PowerStore T storage systems increase productivity by providing a complete set of array-based snapshot and cloning features. These features are available through REST APIs for automation and can be integrated with other code to orchestrate complex database deployment and refresh tasks. All PowerStore T models also provide a common set of enterprise features for configuring and managing an Oracle RAC system.