Unveiling Oracle’s first all-flash storage array

Oracle Storage

Oracle Storage

Oracle has announced the expansion of its storage offerings with an all-flash array, the Oracle All Flash FS1.

The FS1 can deliver up to 64 all-flash domains, isolated securely for multi-tenant environments withI/Oprioritisation.

Capable of nearly1PBof raw capacity, theFA1can be installed in under 30 minutes, according to Oracle. It has a latency of under a millisecond, and runs simultaneous workloads across small to large block sizes. In tests Oracle bench marked it as eight times faster than the EMC Xtrem IO in IOPS.

“High latency has impacted customers on shared storage platforms for years, slowing down OLTP response times and preventing mixed workloads from running at full speed. Customers are looking to flash to address these issues,” said Mike Workman, senior vice president for flash storage systems at Oracle.

“Oracle All Flash FS1 dramatically reduces I/O wait times typically seen in today’s highly virtualised, transaction-driven enterprises where low latency is critical to response time.

“This superior performance, combined with unique features such as Flash Domains and Flash Profiles, make the All Flash FS1 the platform for customers who want to significantly accelerate their applications in SAN and secure cloud environments.”

FS1has been co-engineered with Oracle Database and Applications, meaning that it is optimised to work even better alongside Oracle products. Included is Oracle Hybrid Columnar Compression, which can deliver a 10:1 compression ratio, minimising duplication and therefore maximising storage, and once encrypted can’t be duplicated for added peace of mind.

Flash Profiles offer optimised presets of provisioning for Oracle products to simplify and accelerate performance and deployment, supporting hundreds of simultaneous flash databases.

“With its introduction of the Oracle All Flash FS1, which was engineered from the ground up to maximise Oracle Database performance and scale, Oracle enters the ranks of what IDC defines as the ‘true all-flash array vendors’,” said Eric Burgener, research director for storage at IDC.

“All-flash arrays feature unique designs that are specifically optimised for flash media, delivering more consistent performance across the entire throughput range than hybrid flash arrays, and making them the storage platform of choice for application environments that demand the highest levels of performance.”

Oracle’s entry into the market will compete not only with EMC, but HP’s recently expanded 8000 series and SanDisk’s InfiniFlash archiving array.

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