Recommended Reading : Reference Architecture for Oracle on Cisco UCS Server and Tegile

There is a nice reference architecture white paper which provides a lot of details into setting up an architecture that supports Oracle Database deployment and operational details on infrastructure consisting of Cisco UCS servers and Tegile Hybrid Arrays. Select the item below to see it.

screenshot_414In addition, there are a number of new flash arrays – the following brief discusses Oracle and these new arrays :



Tegile Hybrid Array Modernizes Storage at BYU Hawaii; 25-40X Improvement in Throughput

I spent some time looking at more Tegile information and it is worthwhile to look at one of their most recent end-user write-ups that involve BYU Hawaii. It is interesting to see what the reaction is to a hybrid (HDD+Flash) array at a university that often have many fairly demanding applications with a number of apps and workloads happening at roughly the same time.  What I like is that this is a nice account of who is the user, what they are doing and what the results where. It is not a white paper but a good account of an end-user’s experience.

Though my focus has been on hybrid arrays and Tegile has those, I found this account to be extremely interesting.



[Updated/fixed the link box.]  A rough synopsis –


The Intersection of Marketing and Fiction : Postcards from a Make-Believe Land

[ A short editorial.  Happening more and more,  we all are seeing remarkable works of fiction these days but seldom stop to appreciate them. It’s good to be able to appreciate these works of fiction so you can avoid the companies that create them. ]

It is hard to beat the Russian absurdist author, Daniil Kharms, he spent a lot of energy creating anti-stories. Many are simply absurd but one in particular strikes me as particularly relevant these days, it is The Tale of the Red-Haired Man. It is an anti-story that resonates with some of the marketing coming out of some companies.

Some of the best works of absurdist fiction these days can be found in marketing literature. Recently, a well-known company advertised their prowess at replacing some unknown hardware, running an unknown application and running with unknown features. They did in a manner that an eight year old could understand. It was comic book marketing. It culminated at the end with some amazing number — their solution as claimed was thousands of times more performant than the decrepit, imaginary or real hardware they replaced. You know, the unknown hardware with the unknown configuration, running the unknown application by an unknown company needing unknown features.

Really, learn to appreciate these works so you can avoid these companies. If they can’t show off their product using a well-written white paper or a video that provides details of a use-case that includes hardware and software specifics as well as what was tested using a detailed configuration and information on the application and workloads.

Recommended Viewing : Tegile’s Intelliflash Architecture and Flash Arrays

I mentioned Tegile as a relatively and excellent new player in the all-flash array market.  They have been producing hybrid arrays (a combination of flash and HDDs) and have recently released all-flash arrays. Again, avoiding the mistakes of past flash array companies they have offered an extremely well-thought out architecture. They include the usual suspects of data reductions and protocols that enterprise require.

Narayan provides a nice overview of Tegile’s products and features.

This is an excellent and detailed overview of their Intelliflash architecture.


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