ESG Senior Lab Analyst Tony Palmer discusses ESG's testing of NetApp FlexPod Select for high-performance Oracle RAC.
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Tony: Hello, and welcome to this ESG Lab video summary. Over the next few minutes, I'll be reviewing the results from a recently completed ESG Lab validation of NetApp FlexPod Select for high-performance Oracle RAC. Organizations continue to look for ways to simplify operations, increase resource utilization, and improve TCO in IT. Nearly one-third of respondents to an ESG survey said service and support and/or total cost of ownership measurements are among the most important criteria when selecting a vendor or solution. Simplicity also resonates with IT decision-makers when it comes to storage for both initial implementation and ongoing management.
The NetApp FlexPod Select system is an integrated infrastructure platform that combines best-of-breed technologies from NetApp and Cisco into a powerful converged platform for enterprise applications. NetApp works closely with Oracle to support the most demanding transactional and response time-sensitive databases required by today's businesses. Like all FlexPod systems, the FlexPod Select for high-performance Oracle RAC is comprised of compute servers from Cisco, three-layer network and SAN technologies from Cisco, and NetApp storage, in this case, EF-Series all-flash storage systems.
ESG Lab validated the performance of NetApp FlexPod Select for high-performance Oracle RAC running on an eight-node real application clusters configuration of an Oracle database 12cR1. ESG Lab measured the IOPS and average latency observed by the database during testing with 100% random 8K reads. The load on the database was increased incrementally, and while delivering more than 2 million IOPS, the application latency was measured at just 700 microseconds.
ESG Lab looked at the performance in terms of throughput. The FlexPod Select for high-performance Oracle RAC powered by NetApp EF-560 all-flash storage systems was able to sustain 15.8 gigabytes per second of throughput while performing 100% random 8K reads. Oracle database performance tests were used to simulate an OLTP environment with a mix of reads and writes. The NetApp FlexPod Select for high-performance Oracle RAC with NetApp EF-560 all-flash systems achieved more than 1.5 million IOPS at an average overall latency of just 600 microseconds with 90% reads and 10% writes.
These results indicate that the NetApp FlexPod Select for high-performance Oracle RAC can easily support real-world Oracle database environments with a mix of read and write operations while sustaining extremely low response times. This translates to user responsiveness and increased productivity. NetApp also tracks the in-service reliability of all field-deployed EF-Series platforms.
ESG Lab reviewed the EF-Series reliability data, which shows that the EF-Series has achieved an outstanding availability of greater than five nines. ESG Lab is pleased to report that the NetApp FlexPod Select for high-performance Oracle RAC is well-suited to support a mix of demanding real-world businesses applications running in a performance-critical Oracle database infrastructure.
NetApp has taken an important next step in integrated computing, helping to solve a complex and costly businesses problem for organizations. If your organization is preparing to invest the significant time, effort, and capital required to design, test, tune, and troubleshoot a high-performance database, ESG Lab strongly suggests a close look at NetApp FlexPod Select for high-performance Oracle RAC. If you'd like to learn more, you can download the full ESG Lab validation report from the website.