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10 Reasons To Choose NetApp For Oracle Applications

Infrastructure choice has the potential to make your IT environment acceptable or world-beating. Here are ten reasons why NetApp is the smartest solution for your Oracle applications.

1. Zero downtime

NetApp storage has been proven to deliver 99.9999% availability consistently. Factor in automatic storage failover and you can be sure that your mission-critical Oracle applications will always be available as downtime becomes a thing of the past.

2. Next-generation performance

Built around NVMe/FC technologies (an industry first), NetApp SANs deliver market-leading performance, reducing latency and increasing predictability and scalability. With an exponential performance gain, you will be better able to serve the data-driven needs of your users and customers.

3. Sub-one-minute DR

NetApp allows you to backup and restore petabyte-scale Oracle databases in a matter of seconds. So you can recover operations in less than a minute should something go wrong.

4. Zero loss as standard

Data protection is built into every layer of NetApp infrastructure – edge, core and cloud. No matter where your data is stored, you know it is fully protected against loss at all times.

5. Maximised storage potential

NetApp offers advanced storage efficiency technologies to optimise your data footprint. This means no more wasted capacity or spending caused by storing duplicate data unnecessarily.

6. Automated storage management

Use policy-based quality of service settings to ensure your mission-critical apps have automatic access to the resources required for maximum performance. Smarter, automated optimisation allows you to maximise resource usage – and to safely run production and development environments on the same shared hardware.

7. Simplified provisioning

NetApp tools can automate and accelerate provisioning allowing your developers to bring new products and features into production faster. By reducing the manual effort required to provision your environment, developers and operators can devote more of their resources and time to the strategic projects which will drive your business forwards.

8. Future-ready infrastructure

Native integration with Ansible and Kubernetes allows your team to build service-oriented technologies faster. And with tools to move data seamlessly between on-premise and cloud locations, your applications can be migrated quickly according to your changing business needs.

9. Native multi-cloud integration

Achieve your optimal cost/performance balance with tools to move workloads across on-premise, hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Take control of your storage spend using simplified tools to migrate to wherever offers the best value at any moment in time.

10. Optimised efficiency

Clear reporting and benchmarking tools allow you to quickly and easily understand resource usage and costs. You can use these insights to make smarter strategic decisions that maximise budget and operational efficiency.

Taken together, these ten benefits underscore why NetApp is the ideal choice for your Oracle applications.

Ready to learn more about your Oracle apps on NetApp? Give the WTL team a call today to discuss what it could mean for you.

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Oracle On NetApp – Real World Experiences

Whenever any technology company releases a new product or update, it is accompanied by bold, eye-catching benchmarks. Knowing that speed is critical to operations, most vendors will publish data suggesting exponential gains over previous releases.

But benchmark testing is usually conducted under optimised conditions in a lab. Every potential factor is tweaked to provide the very best performance. And all too often these lab tests are nothing like the real-world operating environments of most businesses.

So when NetApp claims to offer market-leading performance for Oracle databases., how does that match up to reality?

A report by Evaluator Group looked at two organisations using NetApp ONTAP on Oracle. The first was a large healthcare provider operating a medical record system for 300 distributed offices. The second was a technology infrastructure supplier of hardware, software and cloud computing resources.

This is what they found.

Simplified data protection and backup

The healthcare provider operates a 100TB database on Oracle. This was part of a larger data warehouse environment that relied on ETL processes to move data between systems.

Under their previous multi-vendor infrastructure, Oracle RMAN backups ran forever – sometimes failing to finish at all. This created the potential for permanent data loss when backups did not complete.

Following migration to Oracle on NetApp ONTAP, the company shifted their backup strategy to use FlexClone. This relatively simple change reduced database copy and distribution times from “potentially forever” to a matter of minutes. Data can be copied and cloned quickly and easily, reducing the risk of data loss caused by failed backups.

Ultrafast disaster recovery provisions

The IT infrastructure provider has a similarly complex set-up, with five data centres holding 100PB of raw data in 375 applications and 418 databases. By implementing NetApp ONTAP, they have been able to dramatically simplify and accelerate their disaster recovery and backup provisions.

Testing of their new NetApp infrastructure reveals they can:

  • Backup a database in 5 minutes
  • Restore a database in 5 minutes
  • Refresh a system in 15 minutes
  • Synchronise their disaster recovery platforms in 10 minutes

Whether these speeds match NetApp’s own benchmarks is debatable – but for the two companies described here, the improvements have been impressive. Not only are they able to complete backup and disaster recovery operations quicker, but their businesses (and data) are safer as a result.

If you want to know more about these specific use cases, you can read the Evaluator Group report here.

And if you would like to know more about how NetApp ONTAP can help turbocharge your Oracle databases, please give the WTL team a call

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Why You Should Be Running Your Oracle Applications On NetApp

When choosing high-performance hardware to host Oracle databases there are dozens of options – so why choose to run your Oracle applications on NetApp? Here are three compelling reasons why NetApp stands out from the crowd.

1. Easy and fast

NetApp hardware has been built with the cloud in mind. Extensive Ansible and Kubernetes integration allow for advanced infrastructure automation. And thanks to native cloud support, you can scale in any direction – on-premise or into the cloud. Similarly, you can move your Oracle database in any direction to take advantage of the environment that best suits your needs.

This scalability is complemented by lightning-fast infrastructure speed powered by all-flash arrays. You can provision a database in just 44 seconds – and reduce time to market by 30%. NetApp takes speed and turns it into a measurable business benefit.

2. Consolidation potential

NetApp hardware presents as a single, seamless platform using the ONTAP management software for ultimate visibility. Lacking this level of integration, other platforms exacerbate the problem of data silos.

As a single platform, you can consolidate workloads with policy-based quality of service to ensure optimised performance. Indeed, consolidation can help to reduce hardware requirements, shrinking footprint by increasing the amount of physical storage you can squeeze into each rack. Power consumption drops by up to 15 times, providing cost savings during the current energy crisis and an opportunity to improve the sustainability credentials of your data centre – and business.

In fact, NetApp can reduce the overall costs of your Oracle database storage by up to 60%.

3. Security and availability as standard

The seamless transition between on-premise and cloud simplifies data transfer, allowing for the easy creation of a zero-data-loss solution. When deployed and configured correctly, NetApp has been proven to deliver 99.9999% availability. And as you would expect from a zero-loss solution, storage fails over automatically in the event of a disruption, ensuring your Oracle database is always available and that you can meet your SLAs.

Scalability and availability combine to provide exceptional agility. Data can be backed up and restored in a matter of seconds – even your petabyte-scale databases. And thanks to the always-on nature of all-flash arrays, upgrades and maintenance can be performed while the storage system stays online to deliver zero downtime.

A smarter all-round choice

Not all high-availability storage is the same – particularly when hosting your mission-critical Oracle databases. By providing a seamless, cloud-ready platform, NetApp is streets ahead of the competition, offering exceptional performance, scalability, availability and resilience – and an opportunity to reduce running costs without compromising the performance of your databases.

To learn more about the opportunities provided by running your Oracle applications on NetApp all-flash arrays and how they could help your business meet its strategic goals, please give us a call.

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Unleash the power of your data with Oracle on NetApp all-flash

NetApp and Oracle have worked together for more than a decade to develop next-generation solutions for their clients. But what are the actual benefits of running Oracle workloads on NetApp all-flash systems?

1. Increase speed of innovation

Speed of business and your ability to adapt to change is at the heart of successful digital transformation. Modernising infrastructure with all-flash NetApp systems can accelerate project delivery by as much as 30% over traditional disk-based storage.

This performance gain can be used in several ways. Your business could shorten development times using NetApp FlexClone to clone large volumes for testing and development in seconds without consuming vast amounts of available storage. Or you could use ONTAP to scale workloads seamlessly as your demands change.

NetApp provides a range of tools and technologies to help you do more with your Oracle workloads.

2. Provide a consistent customer experience

Customers now prioritise the quality of service over almost any other factor when making a purchase. Customer service consistency is, therefore, a strategic priority.

NetApp AFS arrays deliver up to one million IOPS with a latency of just 100 milliseconds. These speeds dramatically reduce application response times, so that your employees can retrieve and use data more quickly.

NetApp systems also offer 99.9999% availability, ensuring that your Oracle databases are online 24/7 for both internal and customer-facing operations. Factor in NetApp’s automated node recovery functionality and you have a robust, high-performing platform that allows you to deliver on customer demands.

3. Simplify operations and lower TCO

Oracle databases are complex and expensive to operate. To reduce the total cost of ownership – and to improve return on investment – your business needs to simplify management and maintenance of the database environment.

One of the key goals of the Oracle – NetApp partnership has always been to reduce TCO. Solutions built on NetApp all-flash storage arrays can streamline operations to deliver 90% time and effort savings over existing systems. NetApp technologies like Active IQ monitor usage to accurately predict your future capacity requirements; these accurate, automated calculations ensure that you never under- or over-provision, to prevent unnecessary hardware spend.

In the cloud or on-premises, NetApp offers the lowest £/Mbps for all-flash arrays. Which makes NetApp storage hardware a smarter choice for your Oracle workloads than other vendors.

Ready to learn more about running Oracle workloads on NetApp all-flash arrays? Give the WTL team a call today and we’ll help you understand exactly what your business can achieve.


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How to realise the lowest latencies for your enterprise applications

When it comes to artificial intelligence and machine learning applications, every microsecond counts. As well as ensuring you have sufficient processing power, it is essential that you remove latency from every layer of your technology stack.

As you would expect when dealing with enormous data sets, choice of storage is critical. For cutting edge AI models to operate optimally, you will need cutting edge storage to underpin it. And this is where the NetApp AFF A-series comes into its own.

All Flash Arrays – obviously

Flash storage currently outperforms any other medium, so it is the natural choice for mission-critical operations. As the name implies – AFF – the NetApp A-series is an all-flash array, using high speed SSD drives to deliver up to 1.4 million IOPS.

No other storage medium is suitable for processing mission-critical applications involving large data sets – up to 702.7PB with the NetApp AFF family. And with native de-duplication, compression and compacting, these systems ensure your storage space is maximised, increasing return on investment and lowering total cost of ownership.

NVMe for maximum throughput

You can further reduce latency by accelerating data transfer between storage and CPU. The NetApp A-Series systems offers NVMe/TCP for connection to existing ethernet infrastructure. Alternatively, double IOPS potential and halve latency the latency found in traditional channel connections with NVMe/FC. Whichever you choose, NVMe connectivity will also allow you to attach ultra-high-performance storage to your existing SAN without disrupting operations to achieve up to 300GB/s throughput.

Flexible connectivity options

In the modern hybrid cloud operating environment, your business needs seamless connectivity to on- and off-premises systems. In addition to high-speed NVMe, the A-series also offers a complete range of alternative technologies including iSCSI, FCoE, NFS, SMB, Amazon S3.

This means that A-series systems will slot directly into your existing infrastructure. You can take advantage of ultra-high performance SSD storage for local processing and off-load lower priority workloads to low-cost secondary systems or cloud platforms.


In addition to support for external services, the NetApp A-series is also fully scalable. As your demands increase, the system scales to 24 nodes for a maximum total capacity of 702.7PB of high resilience, high performance all flash storage.

And as you would expect, the A-series is fully supported by ONTAP software to simplify the process of managing and optimising your storage workloads. ONTAP allows you to scale at speed whenever your applications demand.

Find out more

Ready to learn more about the NetApp AFF A-series and how it will help your business achieve its high-performance computing objectives? Get in touch today and our team of storage experts will guide you through the benefits and features so you understand where the A-series fits into your storage strategy.