In this paper, we show how the features of the PowerStore T provide new capabilities to organizations that count on Oracle RAC for high availability and performance. Our test cases prove that storage-based snapshots and thin clones allow multiple Oracle RAC clusters that are connected to a single PowerStore T array to efficiently access near-instantaneous copies of databases.
PowerStore T is available in a range of configurations from the highly scalable 9000T to an entry-level 1000T. The 7000T and 9000T are the typical choices for production Oracle environments. We performed all testing on an entry-level 1000T system to show that all the enterprise-class features needed for production and nonproduction environments are available on every PowerStore T model. The PowerStore T family allows organizations to have a consistent management experience from production all the way to dev/test. Finally, we described some of the best practices for deploying an Oracle RAC with VMware and Red Hat with storage on a PowerStore T array.