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September 9, 2015

Oracle takes on EMC with all-flash array

FS1 supports hybrid columnar compression.

By James Nunns

Oracle is bringing low cost all-flash arrays to the market in a challenge to EMC’s XtremIO.

The FS1 is a 2-tier flash array scaling from 2TB to 912TB of capacity, the original being a scale-up dual-controller hybrid flash/disk design that scales to 912TB flash and 2PB disk capacity.

The company states that it delivers up to 64 all-flash domains to secure data isolation in a multitenant cloud environment and delivers sub-one millisecond latency when running simultaneous workloads across small to large block sizes.

Aiming at EMC’s XtremeIO, Oracle states it offers up to 8x faster IOPS and 9.7 x faster write throughput than its market target.

The all-flash market has a number of competitors pushing arrays, with the likes of Dell, EMC, HDS, HP and Fujitsu to name a few.

Oracle’s big selling point is its price, with the FS1 said to deliver the lowest entry price around, which combined with features that tie it to its software may make for an appealing product.

FS1 features Flash Profiles that provide pre-tuned and optimised provisioning profiles for the Oracle Database and enterprise applications that are designed to simplify flash storage provisioning and application deployment.

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Mike Workman, SVP, Flash Storage Systems, Oracle, said: "High latency has impacted customers on shared storage platforms for years, slowing down OLTP response times and preventing mixed workloads from running at full speed. Customers are looking to flash to address these issues."

Co-engineered with the Oracle Database and Applications, it supports Oracle’s hybrid columnar compression, which according to the company delivers up to a 10:1 reduction ration on encrypted Oracle databases.

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