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Why Parallel I/O & Moore's Law Enable Virtualization and SDDC to Achieve their Potential
Today’s demanding applications, especially within virtualized environments, require high performance from storage to keep up with the rate of data acquisition and unpredictable demands of enterprise workloads. In a world that requires near instant response times and increasingly faster access to data, the needs of business-critical tier 1 enterprise applications, such as databases including SQL, Oracle and SAP, have been largely unmet.

Today’s demanding applications, especially within virtualized environments, require high performance from storage to keep up with the rate of data acquisition and unpredictable demands of enterprise workloads. In a world that requires near instant response times and increasingly faster access to data, the needs of business-critical tier 1 enterprise applications, such as databases including SQL, Oracle and SAP, have been largely unmet. 

The major bottleneck holding back the industry is I/O performance. This is because current systems still rely on device -level optimizations tied to specific disk and flash technologies since they don’t have software optimizations that can fully harness the latest advances in more powerful server system technologies such as multicore architectures. Therefore, they have not been able to keep up with the pace of Moore’s Law.

The 2016 State of Storage in Virtualization
ActualTech Media and Tegile recently teamed up to get a deeper understanding of what’s happening at the intersection of virtualization and storage. ActualTech polled over 1,000 IT professionals to learn about the top challenges they’re facing within their organization, and how they plan to use solutions like flash storage, cloud storage, and VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) to solve those challenges.
Highlights from the survey: • Whether it’s SQL Server, Oracle, or Big Data, organizations are increasingly virtualizing their most mission-critical workloads. • Although all-flash storage captures the headlines, only 3% of respondents say they run all flash. Nearly two-thirds of respondents use hybrid storage systems. • Just under one-quarter of flash users are using PCIe-based flash storage cards in their systems. • Fibre Channel remains the protocol of choice for virtual environments, while iSCSI comes in second. • 55% of respondents say they know little about VVols. Only 5% consider themselves well versed in the VMware technology. • 30% of respondents use some form of cloud storage.
Deploying Catalogic’s ECX on Pure Storage FlashArray for Oracle databases
This white paper walks through the steps required to configure Catalogic ECX when used with Pure Storage in an Oracle database environment. It covers both creating copies and then using them. Use data scenarios include Dev-Test, DevOps and business analytics.

Oracle database sprawl comes with significant costs and complexity for businesses. It results from the proliferation of database copies whether they are created for disaster recovery, development and testing infrastructure provisioning, quality assurance (QA), or DevOps in private or hybrid clouds, to name a few.

Catalogic Software’s ECX Copy Data Management platform deployed in conjunction with the Pure Storage FlashArray, allows businesses to manage, orchestrate and analyze Copy Data. The solution provides full lifecycle management of your Copy Data through automated workflows that allow you to streamline the creation, management and use of Oracle database copies to keep the overall cost and complexity under control.

Copy Data Management for Oracle Databases
Copy Data Management is fast-becoming a must-have solution for any enterprise Oracle environment. ECX integrates storage array copy processes (snapshots, replication, clones) with Oracle databases, allowing customers to leverage their existing storage infrastructure to eliminate copy sprawl, while dramatically improving their capabilities to deliver fresh copies of key databases to those functions and business units that demand them.

Oracle databases are a fundamental component of many organization’s most critical business processes. As such, copies of Oracle data are needed for many IT functions, including local and remote recovery, development and test, reporting, compliance and so on. According to IDC, over 80% of organizations maintain more than ten copies of every Oracle database instance at any given time. Not only does this create a massive infrastructure cost penalty, but the ongoing demand for copies also consumes valuable IT staff time and effort.

For this reason, Copy Data Management (CDM) is fast-becoming a must-have solution for any enterprise Oracle environment. ECX integrates storage array copy processes (snapshots, replication, clones) with Oracle, allowing customers to leverage their existing storage infrastructure to eliminate copy sprawl, while dramatically improving their capabilities to deliver fresh copies of key databases to those functions and business units that demand them. Catalogic supports arrays from Pure Storage, IBM, NetApp and EMC Unity.

Catalogic ECX Lab Validation Report: ESG
What does good copy data management look like? According to ESG, it starts with seamless integration into existing IT infrastructure rather than a requirement to create yet another copy of data. This allows organizations to truly modernize their IT infrastructure and application-focused processes. In this report, you’ll learn how Catalogic ECX drives end-to-end business processes that rely on copy data, including a specific focus on Oracle database copy management features.

What does good copy data management look like? According to ESG, it starts with seamless integration into existing IT infrastructure rather than a requirement to create yet another copy of data. This allows organizations to truly modernize their IT infrastructure and application-focused processes.

In this free report, you'll learn:
•    How Catalogic ECX drives end-to-end business processes that rely on copy data
•    How ECX integration with Oracle and other databases makes database copying/cloning simple, fast and efficient.
•    How ECX provides significant additional value through support for data masking, log management and Oracle RMAN

ESG Lab's expert third-party perspective is based on their own hands-on testing with Catalogic ECX.