HOPKINTON, Mass - July 28, 2011 -
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announces several new EMC Proven Solutions and real-world use cases from EMC's IT organization to help customers accelerate their journey to the cloud and more easily and effectively virtualize their mission critical Oracle test and development servers, production databases, as well as applications. By using EMC and VMware vSphere® as the cloud infrastructure to virtualize Oracle environments, customers can achieve significant benefits in performance, total cost of ownership and efficiency through self adjusting tiered storage, faster replication and maximum high availability.
Virtualizing all levels of the Oracle ecosystem requires an optimized infrastructure with virtual servers and storage to unlock the benefits of Oracle software. EMC maps out a logical approach to deploying VMware vSphere across Oracle test and development servers, production database servers as well as application servers to achieve the following results:
“In a physical server model, cloning our production Oracle database configuration for test and development was time consuming, complex and expensive, leading to an inappropriate environment that was unacceptable. Virtualizing our Oracle database servers with VMware vSphere® on EMC VMAX and EMC VNX storage system allows us to quickly create as many test and development environments as we need using the same virtual infrastructure in just minutes. In addition, virtualizing our Oracle servers has allowed us to leverage more Oracle instances per physical core with the possibility to run different OS and Oracle software versions on the same host, improving the return on investment in our Oracle software,” said Andrei Maier, System Architect of Swedbank .
“Through virtualization of our mission-critical application environments, including Oracle, we have been able to consolidate from fifty physical servers to four VMware vSphere® servers, a nearly fifteen to one consolidation. I can now deploy an Oracle test database in under an hour and have it ready to test the latest release of our banking application. Through the use of EMC DataDomain, we have achieved a de-dupe ratio of 20:1 during backups allowing us to scale our virtual environment cost effectively,” said Mark A. Smithey, Vice President, technology services at The Washington Trust Company .
“Before virtualizing, utilization rates were typically in the range of 15-20% for our Oracle database servers. Since deploying VMware vSphere® on EMC Symmetrix VMAX storage platform we have almost doubled our server utilization rates through leveraging more Oracle instances on the same infrastructure, increasing our return on investment. In addition, migrating our Oracle database servers to the VMware platform and Linux has led to increased database performance and we can now leverage the functionality of VMware vSphere for faster server failover and high availability,” said, Haim Inger, Chief Technology Officer, CLAL .
“Customers on the path to the cloud require a proven, low-risk means for virtualizing the business-critical applications their businesses depend on, such as Oracle databases,” said Hatem Naguib, vice president, alliances, VMware. “VMware and EMC today provide supported, customer-validated solutions for virtualizing Oracle environments that deliver increased performance and agility, accelerated deployment and guaranteed service levels while enabling a pragmatic approach for cloud deployments in the future.”
“Many customers have reached the part in their journey to the cloud where the next step is to virtualize their mission critical applications to gain even more OpEx and CapEx savings as well as greater IT efficiency on all levels. With new EMC Proven solutions and reference architectures, EMC is making virtualization of Oracle a cost-effective reality by enabling them to maximize existing Oracle software investments and create a foundation to optimize the use of the VMware platform across their Oracle landscape,” said EMC's Prasad Rampalli, Senior Vice President, EMC Solutions Group.
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