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Strong Oracle Database 12c performance is vital to the state of your business. Virtualizing such important workloads requires a reliable and high-performing virtualization platform, along with the right servers and storage. EMC, Cisco and VMware offer proven technologies to meet this need. In addition, newer technologies like vFRC can have a positive impact on database performance by offloading some of the storage I/O onto the local server. This can be beneficial to the intended application and has the potential to improve all applications in a mixed workload environment over time by relieving pressure on shared storage resources.
In our tests, we found that the new release of VMware vSphere 5.5 provided a new feature, vSphere Flash Read Cache, that decrease TPC-H-like OLAP workload processing time by 14 percent. We also found that running these workloads on Oracle Database 12c with the new feature didn’t affect the ability of administrators to complete routine vMotion tasks; with vSphere Flash Read Cache enabled during a vMotion, the migration went smoothly and vFRC continued to cache after the migration completed. This means that the combination of VMware vSphere 5.5 platform, Cisco UCS B200 M3 servers, and EMC VMAX 10K storage was able to provide improved Oracle Database 12c performance using the new vSphere Flash Read Cache feature, which improves the reliability and database response times you deliver for customers and employees alike.