Driving Down the High Cost of Storage

Does it seem like only yesterday that you made a sizable investment in a storage area network (SAN), only to find that it already needs to be significantly upgraded or even replaced? With data size and complexity increasing all the time, and with SANs remaining the technology of choice for data center storage, it’s not surprising that legacy investments in storage infrastructure are failing to keep up. What’s needed is a storage infrastructure that can handle increasingly insistent data storage demands in order to deliver IT and business value both now and far into the future.

That’s an impossible challenge for traditional approaches to SAN storage, which were simply not designed to keep pace with data growth. It may be possible to add capacity to legacy systems to support critical applications, but this often comes at the expense of performance. Adding both capacity and performance generally requires frequent new hardware investments. The cost to acquire, deploy,maintain, and inevitably replace that hardware—not to mention the cost to expand the data center to accommodate it—ultimately becomes simply intolerable from a business standpoint.

Oracle’s Pillar Axiom 600 storage system is an alternative to traditional SAN storage. It shortens time to value and continues to deliver value over the long term by speeding application deployment and facilitating rapid access to data. It represents a fundamentally different approach: Storage adapts dynamically to changing application requirements from the start, scales to accommodate growing performance and capacity demands over time, and simplifies the storage infrastructure to keep ongoing administrative requirements to a minimum.

Eliminate Costly, Inefficient Data Silos

Traditional storage solutions typically address different applications’ data needs by having dedicated storage for each application, resulting in a multitude of silos of data.These have to be deployed and maintained separately in order to meet performance requirements, which slows time to value and also minimizes that value, because capacity is used inefficiently.Pillar Axiom 600, by comparison, is implemented as a single consolidated SAN storage platform that meets the storage needs of multiple applications simultaneously. It’s designed to be fast and simple to deploy, speeding time to value. And the value it achieves is greater than what traditional solutions can deliver because of its unique quality of service (QoS) capability, which dynamically and automatically allocates storage resources to applications based on their importance to the business.Pillar Axiom 600’s QoS capability allows rapid, efficient allocation of storage, with minimal administrative overhead.

It also automatically detects changes in application priorities and responds accordingly, making it possible to meet performance requirements without sacrificing utilization. Integrate with Oracle Software and Mixed Application Environments Reap the Benefits of Hardware and Software Engineered to Work Together The economic benefits of application-aware storage are available to any data center environment, regardless of the associated software stack. But the benefits are even greater in Oracle software environments, because the storage is engineered for Oracle software, with a number of unique integration points that are available only when Oracles torage is deployed with Oracle software. For example, Oracle Database includes a high-efficiency data compression feature—hybrid columnar compression—that only works with storage developed by Oracle, including Pillar Axiom 600 storage systems.

The ability to leverage hybrid columnar compression, integration with Oracle VM, andother unique benefits of the Oracle software environment further speed the time to value for Pillar Axiom 600, as well as lowering business risk for companies that deploy it with Oracle applications.

For more information on Pillar Axiom 600, call +1.800.ORACLE1 to speak to an Oracle representative or visit oracle.com/storage.
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