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Oracle storage strategy: Make our apps run better

Headlines: Oracle executives say their storage strategy is to sell storage systems that run their databases and other apps faster and more efficiently.

Storage channel news roundup for June 30 to July 6, 2011

Oracle storage strategy: Make our apps run better 

Oracle Corp. executives spent an hour discussing their storage strategy last week, and made it clear the Oracle storage strategy is really a database strategy. The plan is to sell storage systems that run Oracle database software and its other applications faster and to store it more efficiently.

“The strategy of our storage business is—first and foremost—to deliver storage products that run Oracle software better,” said Phil Bullinger, senior vice president of disk storage, during an event that was webcast from Oracle’s Redwood Shores, Calif., headquarters.

The session didn’t include any new product launches, although Oracle officially welcomed Pillar Data’s Axiom to the family. Axiom will become one of four key Oracle storage platforms, along with the Exadata Database Machine, the Sun ZFS OpenStorage Appliance for NAS, and StorageTek tape libraries for archiving and backup.

Find out how to set up an effective storage strategy for customers in this tutorial.

Caringo CAStor object storage saves credit union services firm 

When credit union services firm Synergent Corp. found its traditional storage-area network (SAN) inadequate for storing and managing its core business data images, it turned to “this object storage thing” and installed Caringo CAStor software to process and protect the information.

Westbrook, Maine-based Synergent’s check cashing service requires it to keep hundreds of millions of images for its credit union customers. Its software stores receipts and check images as proprietary images similar to TIFF files, but network support analyst Trever Jackson said these images choked his EMC Clariion.

Read  the full story on Caringo’s CAStor object storage.

Linear Tape File System (LTFS) products seen as archiving boon 

It's been barely a year since IBM Corp. launched Linear Tape File System (LTFS) for LTO-5 tapes, and vendors are starting to roll out products that support the LTFS open-standard format to make it easier to write and read archived data. IBM in May added LTFS support to its tape libraries; Oracle supports LTO-5 on its StorageTek tape libraries and drives; and Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. said it is working on LTFS support for tape automation in libraries.

LTFS support is also showing up in products besides tape libraries. Crossroads Systems Inc. expects to ship StrongBox—billed as network-attached storage (NAS) for tape—with LTFS support later this year. Quantum Corp. said the ability to import and export to LTFS tapes is on the roadmap for its StorNext software, probably in the first half of 2012. In addition, Cache-A supports LTFS across its archive appliances for media and entertainment companies.

IBM and HP are the developers of LTFS. IBM supports Linux, Windows and Mac OS, while HP only offers Linux support today and is working on Windows support.

Read the full story on LTFS and then check out this tip on LTO-5 tape and LTFS for archiving.

ViaWest launches 85,000-square-foot data center in Dallas

Denver-based data center service provider ViaWest this week announced the grand opening of its 22nd data center facility, Synergy Park, in Richardson, Texas. The new complex consists of high-density power configurations, disaster recovery office space, 24/7 on-site support and access to network providers. The company offers cloud computing, colocation, hosting and managed services.

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