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EMC announces multi-protocol storage solutions for Oracle

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EMC Corporation has announced new EMC Proven Solutions and reference
configurations that help customers more efficiently and cost effectively
deploy an EMC information infrastructure in Oracle transaction processing
and data warehousing environments.

Customers can more easily map the most appropriate storage platform to the
Oracle use case at the lowest cost by taking advantage of EMC's tiered
storage.  The combination of industry-leading EMC and Oracle technologies,
joint testing and new customer-focused technical documentation speeds and
simplifies deployments of Oracle on EMC network storage.
For Oracle OLTP environments, new solutions based on EMC Symmetrix® provide
additional high performance, scalable infrastructure options for enterprise
Oracle® Database deployments. New solutions based on EMC Celerra® NS Series
multi-protocol storage platform unify production and development/test
environments with disaster recovery for consolidated Oracle midsize
enterprise environments. These new solutions complement the existing Oracle
OLTP solutions based on EMC CLARiiON® and expand EMC's portfolio of Proven
Solutions for Oracle OLTP.
Detailed best practices and reference architectures for Oracle OLTP
solutions enable customers to take advantage of the optimized use of EMC's
broad portfolio of information infrastructure, including:
* Combined use of FC, NFS, and iSCSI protocols together with tiered storage
within the platform optimize storage infrastructure for different classes of
Oracle data files, recovery logs and flashback data.
* EMC writeable snapshots leveraged with EMC Celerra to speed Oracle
Database development, test and migration as well as backup/recovery.
* EMC RecoverPoint provides heterogeneous remote data replication for all
business-critical information as well as data compression for advanced,
cost-effective disaster recovery.
For Oracle data warehouse environments, EMC has partnered with Oracle to
expand upon efforts within the Oracle Optimized Warehouse Initiative.
Complementing previously released optimized configurations with Dell, EMC
and Oracle have developed new configurations based on Intel dual core and
servers and EMC CLARiiON CX3 networked storage systems.  Through using
optimized configurations, costumers can leverage pre-installed,
pre-configured solutions to help reduce the purchase cycle and streamline
data warehouse deployments.
EMC and Oracle have also documented a series of flexible configurations
based on Symmetrix and CLARiiON for Oracle data warehousing deployments,
helping customers balance cost with performance and growth at any scale of
Oracle data warehouse deployments. This includes support for Oracle
deployments in both "scale-up" SMP computing models or "scale-out" Oracle
low -cost Grid Computing models on Linux.  Joint EMC and Oracle efforts
provide customers different sized configurations for a stated workload
requirement based on IBM, HP, Sun or Intel-based server environments.
"EMC and Oracle have a longstanding partnership with deep engineering
alignment. Development of solutions that optimize EMC information
infrastructure and Oracle technology enables our joint customers to easily
and rapidly deploy EMC solutions to accelerate the time to experience ROI
benefits," said EMC South Africa Country Manager, Gerhard van der Merwe.
"The new EMC solutions specifically tailored for Oracle OLTP environments
drive efficiencies around unified tiered storage, backup and recovery,
advanced data protection."
"Many customers rely on Oracle and EMC technologies for scalable, high
performance data warehouse infrastructure," said Stephen Boyle, vice
president, Global Platform Alliances at Oracle.  "Through our various
efforts with EMC, together we can offer our joint customers a full
complement of solutions suited for different profiles.  Customers can select
the one that best suits their business and price, performance requirements."
EMC's level of investment to supporting Oracle includes on-site dedicated
engineers and validation and documentation of EMC Proven Solutions that
provide customers predictable, repeatable results.  EMC actively supports
Oracle's Global Technology Centers which showcase EMC and Oracle solutions.
Through these investments, EMC and Oracle can provide customized assessment
and design assistance for various workloads and configurations.  Today, more
than 55 000 customers rely on EMC and Oracle for best of breed products,
deep knowledge and expertise to optimize their information infrastructure.