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- editor mentions on StorageSearch.com,
editor's comments:- September 2013 - You don't have to look
very far on any web site which talks about Oracle, databases and SSDs to see
that one of the popular traditional themes which link these ideas - is wanting
to know the answer to the question - how can you make your databases run
faster (and more affordably)?
This desire goes right back to the
availability of these relational databases which were portable across
multiple operating systems. And in the mid to late 1980s when I was working
for a company called Databasix - some of the things we looked at for products
like Oracle (and many others which no longer exist) were the speedup effects of
parallel processing, RAID and SSDs.
Some of the lessons I learned from
that time were:-
- the SSD isn't always the
(but if it is - the SSD can make a dramatic difference).
Now in 2013 - Oracle is a me-too player in the SSD market - due in
great part to the weak legacy in SSDs which Oracle inherited when it
acquired Sun Microsystems.
- the economic trade-offs of what you accelerate, and how, and when - are
all decisions which have to be reviewed often based on the changing dynamics of
the customer's own business and the changing possibilities of technology too.
Oracle (the systems company) do better? Sure. But in my view it will be as a
result of even more acquisitions
and badge engineering rather than organic in-house developments.
ecosystem has grown up in the enterprise SSD market to fill the gap
between what Oracle (and other database companies) have the potential to do
in performance and cost/ benefit terms - and what they actually achieve.
belief is that just as no single SSD company will dominate the enterprise - due
to the conflicting needs of optimizing different use cases - it's unrealistic
to ever expect Oracle to be the best (and most competitive) supplier of SSD
hardware for its software.
But no doubt it will keep trying to suggest