It was a great Oracle OpenWorld show for NetApp in general, and for our software effort in particular.
If you are a sailor, then you were probably mostly taken in by the lustre of the Americas Cup trophy and the ORACLE TEAM USA technologically advanced catamaran on display in the nearby Yerba Buena Gardens. The other 50,000 attendees had different technology on their minds, including NetApp’s ability to support Oracle Enterprise, Cloud and Big Data solutions.
CERN and Dave Hitz wowed the OOW audience, talking about the Large Hadron Collider, and running Oracle on NetApp clustered storage. The 150 million sensors within the Particle Accelerator capture 20-25 Petabytes of data annually which are stored within a 3 trillion+ row 11g database. This lives on NetApp FAS hardware with Data ONTAP 8 Clustering, configured for NAS, with 3TB drives, Flash Cache, and a number of our management and protection software products. Besides being both a compelling Data ONTAP Clustering and Big Data proof-point, attendees later shared that they enjoyed Dave’s insight and speaking style.
Computer Reseller News said we had one of the Hottest products of the show with our NetApp Storage System Plug-In version 1.0. This Oracle validated integration works with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and allows DBAs to view their NetApp storage systems, how the volumes are mapped and what they have for available capacity. This new found knowledge is clearly powerful as we had 2 deep at our Oracle demo station for most of the show. The new plug-in is host-based and brings additional information and a performance dashboard into the 12c console. It supplements what you can already achieve with the separate console, protection and cloning capabilities of SnapManager for Oracle. According to attendees, the best part is it's free! Available for download now on the NetApp Community.
Finally, I presented Data ONTAP 8 Clustering for Oracle in our mini-theatre and I felt the message was well received. I focused on key benefits of Data ONTAP 8 Clustering for Oracle environments: Non-disruptive operations, scalability up to 50PBs, Test/Dev efficiency as well as increased performance with Flash Pools. I heard from people directly that getting this ‘tier 1’ storage capability from NetApp is allowing them to consolidate storage vendors, versus having to maintain different environments for SAN and NAS. If you were there, I’d love to hear what you thought about my session or any of the other NetApp sessions you may have listened to during the conference.
Thanks again to those who stopped by the booth. If you couldn’t be there, check out the links I provided to the various resources, or post a question or comment to this blog, or onto our Data ONTAP Community page: https://communities.netapp.com/community/products_and_solutions/data_ontap/content#itemView=detail