Delphix has introduced the latest release of its database virtualization software for agile data management, which adds new support for Oracle Exadata, and also extends support for legacy versions of Oracle databases to support customers who want to upgrade and migrate from old to new.
"Essentially, the way you can think of us is as that we do for databases what VMware did for servers, which is we replace all the redundant hardware with intelligent software and when you do that, we can eliminate the vast majority of the delays, and approvals, and processes that bog down app dev and database provisioning in big companies," Rick Caccia, Delphix vice president of marketing, tells 5 Minute Briefing. As a result, he says, customers get more application work done, decrease costs, and cut risk from application outage and downtime by virtualizing the data and being able to roll back whatever application errors hit the database.
Delphix 2.7 extends the company's support for Oracle products in three ways - two around Exadata and one around Oracle Database v9, says Caccia. First, according to the company, Delphix 2.7 can migrate virtual databases to Exadata, helping customers move data from multiple sources into Exadata, reducing the time required to get Exadata working in production. In addition, once the data has been loaded into Exadata machines, Caccia says, Delphix can virtualize the databases on Exadata and make those available to a broader set of users than would typically connect to them. Delphix 2.7 can now sync with Exadata as a data source, enabling data backup, disaster recovery, and data distribution for development, testing, or data marts, while integrating with traditional backup solutions for tape archival. "We make it easier to put data on Exadata and then once it is there, we make it easier to share data with a broader set of users in the company," says Caccia. "We have lots of Oracle customers who have older Oracle databases and they want to get those databases onto Exadata and take advantage of the scale and so they are just using us to get around the risk of the loading process and using us to get around the cost of some of the broader distribution. It is a way to complement the benefits of Exadata with database virtualization."
Delphix also adds new virtualization support for Oracle v9. "We already supported Oracle 10 and 11. Oracle 9 came out 11 years ago and we have a lot of customers with it and they want to migrate that into their Exadata boxes or into the cloud, and they want to virtualize them because once you virtualize them they are very easy to move around."
According to Delphix, unlike server virtualization products, its technology eliminates the storage expansion driven by production databases and the seven to 10 supporting copies created in most organizations, relieving budget pressures driven by big data. Ten copies of a 30TB data warehouse would result in 300TB of storage consumption on physical infrastructure but as little as 20TB on Delphix, it says. This is significant, Delphix contends, because as relational databases incorporate big data components like MapReduce into their engines, more and more of the big data footprint will fall into relational databases, data warehouses, and their supporting copies, which Delphix can streamline and consolidate.
For more information about the Delphix Agile Data Platform, visit www.delphix.com/products/overview.