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Harnessing the Power of Storage Virtualization and Site Recovery Manager to Provide HA and DR Capabilities to Business Critical Databases – VAPP4634

Harnessing the Power of Storage Virtualization and Site Recovery Manager to Provide HA and DR Capabilities to Business Critical Databases

How do you simplify and improve availability of your Extended distance Oracle Real Application Cluster using vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) ?

Storage Virtualization, both host based and appliance based, can pave the way for increased ease of configuration and improved availability of your cluster based applications. vMSC featues including vMotion, HA, DRS and FT as well as extended distance Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) are greatly simplified, and in some cases, made possible through the use of storage virtualization technologies such as EMC VPLEX, Netapp Metro Cluster, IBM SVC, HP 3PAR Peer Persistence or Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM) disk groups. Continue reading

STO4452 – Virtual Volumes (VVOLS) a game changer for running Tier 1 Business Critical Databases

Virtual Volumes (VVOLS) a game changer for running Tier 1 Business Critical Databases:

One of the major components released with vSphere 6 this year was the support for Virtual Volumes (VVOLS). VVOLS has been gaining momentum with storage vendors, who are enabling its capabilities in their arrays.

When virtualizing business databases there are many critical concerns that need to be addressed that include:

1. Database Performance to meet strict SLAs
2. Daily Operations e.g. Backup & Recovery to complete in set window
3. Cut down time to Clone / Refresh of Databases from Production
4. Meet different IO characteristics and capabilities based on criticality
5. Never ending debate with DBAs : File Systems v/s Raw Devices , VMFS v/s RDM Continue reading