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CIO Blog:  To Increase Database Performance and Lower Your TCO, Let Hitachi Data Systems Put Your Oracle Infrastructure On a DIET

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To Increase Database Performance and Lower Your TCO, Let Hitachi Data Systems Put Your Oracle Infrastructure On a DIET




By Paul Desmond 


I wish more vendors would come out with offerings like this. 


Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has built a tool that can help IT professionals troubleshoot performance problems with their Oracle databases, offer up best practices and actual recommendations that will improve performance, and point them in the right direction in terms of right-sizing and getting the most out of their database hardware. 


What’s really interesting about the Database Infrastructure Evaluation Tool (DIET) from Hitachi Data Systems is that it essentially encompasses a host of knowledge that Oracle experts at HDS and other Hitachi business units have gained over the years. Tom Stutesman, who is Director, Global Oracle Solutions Lead for HDS, led the effort to package up all that knowledge in an automated tool that customers can use to examine their own Oracle environments. 


The knowledge that the tool encompasses, and the insights and recommendations it provides are significant. HDS and its related companies – Hitachi Ltd. and Hitachi Consulting – have more than 20 years of experience supporting some of the largest, most demanding and complex Oracle databases for global companies. 


“We have more than 3,000 certified Oracle experts including 50 Oracle Specializations and 14 Advanced Specializations. And more than 80% of the Fortune 100 use Hitachi solutions to support their Oracle databases and their most strategic and critical applications,” Stutesman says. “DIET includes over 250 Oracle database best practices our experts have developed through working with our customers.” 


The tool has been refined and expanded over the past seven years while being used by more than 800 customers on thousands of Oracle databases. And what might just be DIET’s best feature? The tool analyzes the Oracle database itself, independent of the underlying hardware. That means it works with any vendor’s hardware, not just Hitachi’s. 


DIET provides a simple visual summary of what actually a very in-depth analysis of your database platform's IO profile, highlights the top bottlenecks, and provides recommendations based upon those best practices for resolving any issues. Customers can also hire Oracle experts from HDS to conduct a customized DIET workshop tailored to your organization’s specific database challenges and goals. 


But in some instances, the report points to problems that can be easily fixed, such as inefficient log-switching settings which can have a dramatic negative impact on database performance. Other common issues that DIET tends to uncover are under-utilized CPUs and unused or orphaned storage capacity, poor response times and I/O bottlenecks. All of these issues, and many more can drive up the total cost of your Oracle infrastructure unnecessarily. 


Now, HDS does have a broad portfolio of converged infrastructure, storage and compute solutions for Oracle Databases, so yes, in some instances DIET is likely to point to the need for a change in infrastructure. And HDS will take that opportunity to point out how solutions such as the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform 6000 for Oracle RAC, engineered and optimized Oracle Database, is a great fit for your environment. 


In many cases, however, DIET will make a clear case that consolidation of your existing infrastructure is possible, while still delivering the database performance your applications, and end users, demand. 


“There have been many instances over the past 7 years, where DIET has shown that only 20% or 30% of the existing compute or storage infrastructure is being utilized – even at peak performance demand. In these cases, we’ve actually suggested that customers can consolidate their existing infrastructure, repurpose or redeploy those under-utilized assets for new applications or projects and improve their TCO. In many cases, customers find that a converged solution like Hitachi UCP 6000 for Oracle RAC can make consolidation faster and easier, while still delivering the performance and reliability the business needs.” Stutesman says. 


Check out DIET online; there’s a free version you can try for yourself at no charge – HDS will even email you a summary report of your actual Oracle database if you choose. Chances are it’ll turn up some pointers for improving the performance of your Oracle environment. 

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