This white paper describes the features of PowerStore T that complement and enhance the value of enterprise-class database management solutions like Oracle 19c Real Application Clusters (RAC). Oracle RAC is a scale-out cluster architecture that is designed to share common database files for environments that need high-availability and performance. The benefits of Oracle RAC include the ability to scale workloads across multiple active servers, which 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. This solution also accommodates the demands of data growth over the entire life cycle of the applications.
The productivity of IT storage administrators managing highly available database environments depends heavily 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 and SQL Server. 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.
This white paper provides information about the features of the Dell EMC PowerStore T family of storage arrays including performance, scalability, and storage efficiency. We show that PowerStore T is an excellent choice for Oracle workloads because of its data-centric, intelligent, and adaptable infrastructure that transforms and mobilizes both traditional and modern workloads. PowerStore storage arrays are available in a wide range of models to accommodate varying needs for performance, price, and management efficiency. All PowerStore T models also provide a common set of enterprise features for configuring and managing an Oracle RAC system.