By Logan McLeod, Nathan Saunders, Thomas Kopec, and Jaime Delgado
Today’s IT departments must constantly adapt to rapid change while still maintaining high quality of service and responsiveness. And they must do so cost-effectively, even as workloads grow. Such challenges have put a tremendous strain on traditional data center architectures—and turned the attention of many IT departments to grid computing.
Oracle® grid technologies—encompassing a comprehensive, integrated portfolio of solutions that include Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC), Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle VM, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and the Oracle Enterprise Linux® OS—are an especially good fit with Dell™ technologies. At the State University of New York (SUNY), for example, the university, Dell, and Oracle worked together on a proof-of-concept project that was able to provide sub-second response times for a user load representing about 11,000 students simultaneously registering for classes and performing other typical tasks. And one of the most extensive uses of Oracle and Dell grid technologies can be found at Dell itself, where a grid-based architecture composed of 16-node Oracle RAC clusters of Dell PowerEdge™ servers with Dell/EMC storage has enabled the Dell IT group to dramatically accelerate database provisioning, increase flexibility, and ensure that resources are well utilized.
Together, Dell and Oracle enable organizations to use sophisticated software and standard, cost-effective Dell servers and storage to create comprehensive grid infrastructures and efficient data centers. With these infrastructures, many IT groups are changing the way they operate, and finding effective methods for keeping costs down, delivering high levels of performance, and staying aligned with the needs of the enterprise.
Also included: Dell CIO Robin Johnson and Oracle senior vice president of product development Angelo Pruscino discuss the Dell and Oracle relationship and how it has helped each company develop its approach to grid computing.