Hitachi Unified Compute Platform for Oracle With
Hitachi Storage Ensures High Performance, Robust
Data Protection, and Capacity Efficiency
Oracle databases support mission-critical applications
and hold the key to your organization’s ability to innovate:
valuable corporate data. Hitachi Unified Compute Platform
(UCP) for Oracle and Hitachi Unified Storage VM (HUS
VM) with Hitachi NAS Platform (HNAS) provides an ideal
environment for running your most critical Oracle databases
and applications. You need an infrastructure that delivers
predictable performance, capacity efficiency, high availability
and simplified data protection, all while lowering your total
cost of ownership (TCO). Hitachi and Oracle have worked
together for more than 20 years to deliver solutions that
reduce both costs and complexity for our joint customers.
Nine of the top 10 U.S. commercial banks, 8 of the top 10 U.S.
insurance companies, and the top 3 U.S. telecommunications
companies run Oracle on Hitachi storage. Accelerate your
ability to innovate with information using the NFS hardware-
accelerated architecture of Hitachi NAS Platform for Oracle.
Lower Total Cost of Ownership and Simplify Administration
for Oracle Environments
Oracle Databases Drive Business
Innovation is the essential engine of positive change,
and information is its fuel. Innovate intelligently and
you will lead your market, grow your company, and
change the world. Enterprises today rely on Oracle
databases to store and manage growing mountains
of information and data to make sound business
decisions, innovate faster and satisfy customers. In
order to meet these challenges successfully, data
centers must become more efficient, cost-conscious
and reliable. In today’s environments, organizations
need efficient, highly scalable and high-performance
storage solutions, at a lower TCO.
Hitachi Unified Storage systems with Hitachi
NAS Platform family were designed to meet
the rigorous demands of Oracle databases
without compromising reliability, efficiency,
performance or low cost. As your Oracle
and file sharing requirements increase,
these storage solutions will scale accord-
ingly. They will improve productivity and
enable better decision-making while reduc-
ing the overall cost of supporting your most
Hitachi network attached storage solutions
address your biggest challenges within your
Oracle environments by delivering:
Lower TCO Through Hitachi Innovation
For large-scale Oracle environments,
running multiple database instances can
quickly become a management nightmare.
Furthermore, the licensing costs associated
with supporting multiple, discrete databases
can drive up the overall cost to maintain this
Hitachi NAS Platform has industry-leading
price-to-performance ratio with up to 30%
less TCO within the 1st year of operation.
HNAS supports massive consolidation,
enabling database administrators to con-
solidate multiple database instances on a
single system. HNAS supports file systems
up to 256TB, allowing you to use fewer NAS
heads to support your given workload. And,
HNAS offers block-level intelligent deduplica-
tion, which can reduce the number of disks
required by up to 30% while improving perfor-
mance by 10% or more.
While managing large Oracle databases can
overwhelm administrators, Hitachi offers
a single unified management platform to
manage Hitachi Unified Storage with Hitachi
NAS Platform systems for Oracle envi-
ronments. With Hitachi Command Suite,
administrators can configure, provision and
manage their overall Oracle storage infra-
structure from a single tool quickly and easily,
reducing operating costs and complexity.
Another innovative feature offered by HUS
with HNAS is Hitachi Dynamic Tiering (HDT).
HDT software simplifies storage administra-
tion, solves the complexities of implementing
data lifecycle management and optimizes
the use of tiered storage. It eliminates the
need for time-consuming manual data
classification and data movement to signifi-
cantly improve tiered storage efficiencies.
Together, these features can enable you to
lower TCO associated with running Oracle
databases, without compromising perfor-
mance, efficiency or availability.
The volume, variety and velocity nature
of today’s data warehouse is changing
the dynamics of data volume capacity
requirements. As Oracle databases grow,
managing your storage capacity efficiently
become critical. To address this challenge,
Hitachi NAS Platform offers features, such
as a tiered file system (TFS). TFS enables
administrators to automatically distribute
different Oracle tables on different tiers of
storage, including flash or standard hard
disk drives (HDDs). Place your least critical
data on the most cost-effective storage tier,
or migrate critical data sets to higher-
performing storage. Innovative TFS from
Hitachi reduces file system overhead by up
to 30% compared with other solutions.
Our intelligent block-level deduplication can
also improve the capacity efficiency of your
Oracle storage infrastructure. With Hitachi
NAS Platform you can experience up to a
90% increase in capacity and operational
efficiencies in testing and development
environments through our primary dedupli-
cation. Typically, with production data, our
deduplication can free up to 30% of storage
capacity. Furthermore, our deduplication is
intelligent; if the system reaches 50% CPU
utilization the deduplication feature auto-
matically throttles back to avoid negatively
affecting workload performance, unlike
competing solutions. For large databases
and to accommodate future growth, HNAS
can scale up to 30PB of deduplicated
data compared to 100TB for competitive
Simple, Robust Data Protection
Enterprise competitive advantage, inno-
vation and operational efficiency stem
from readily available data through data-
bases and the applications they support.
Therefore, your Oracle environment needs
to be high performing, without data out-
ages, and always available, even in the
event of a disaster or unplanned outage.
Hitachi offers various solutions to protect
your valuable data, including snapshots,
clones and replication.
Snapshots, which are readable file system
copies and clones, which are writeable
file copies, both enable quick and easy
backups of your Oracle environment with-
out impacting performance or end user
experience. Both snapshots and clones
are space-efficient. They use pointers to
blocks, without duplicating data. Hitachi
NAS Platform can support up to 100 million
snapshots to accommodate the most strin-
gent of requirements for large databases.
By combining HNAS with Hitachi TrueCopy,
a synchronous replication solution, you can
easily replicate specific tables or an entire
Oracle database to a remote location for
disaster recovery purposes. Additionally,
snapshots and clones can be used for test-
ing or development of new applications.
Hitachi, Oracle and NFS
NFS is an agile platform for running Oracle
that combines low cost of deployment with
ease of administration and maintenance, As
a protocol, NFS is widely regarded as simple
to set up and easier to manage. Operations
such as volume and file system provisioning,
scaling and management are handled at
the NAS storage, quickly and easily. Unlike
SAN deployments, there is no need for
SAN switches, zoning or server host bus
adapters, which increase cost. Hitachi NAS
Platform and NFS are ideally suited for sim-
plifying the management and administration
of Oracle environments. Along with adding
Hitachi Command Suite, which provides
unified management of file, block and object
data, running Oracle on NFS and HNAS
can impact both capex and opex. Hitachi
Command Suite enables a 40% higher
terabytes per FTE management ratio than
competing storage management solutions.
For the most part, it
is the performance and
scalability which helps us
consolidate and simplify
management of our NAS
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Telecommunications Services Company
Innovation is the engine of change,
and information is its fuel. Innovate
intelligently to lead your market, grow
your company, and change the world.
Manage your information with
Hitachi Data Systems.
Hitachi Data Systems offers a unique
approach to unified storage manage-
ment: a single virtualized platform for all
data (structured and unstructured) with
single-pane-of-glass management for het-
erogeneous environments. Management
encompasses storage resources, snapshot-
based data protection and health/perfor-
mance monitoring and reporting. HDS is
the only vendor that can provide a single,
virtualized and scalable data management
architecture for all open systems platforms
as well as all data and information types.
Using Hitachi Command Suite enables a
common set of management tools across
all storage assets, whether they are the
products of Hitachi Data Systems or our
competitors. Our common platform and
management tools improve the produc-
tivity of storage administrators and enable
better cost management (power, cooling,
resource sharing). They support simplified
data migration (block and file storage), and
higher availability (IOPS and reliability) with
less risk (data protection).
Hitachi Unified Compute
Platform for Oracle and
Hitachi Unified Storage
with Hitachi NAS Platform
compose a complete
configuration. They are
optimally configured to
support virtually any sized Oracle data-
base workload. The configuration includes:
Hitachi server, Hitachi storage and network-
ing. They work together in an optimized and
balanced configuration of compute pro-
cessing capability and storage performance
for the specific workload requirements of an
Oracle database workload (see Table 1).
Hitachi Compute Blade 500
Enterprise-class Hitachi Compute Blade
500 supports converged application
solutions and cloud deployments for the
most demanding applications. It blends
extreme reliability, performance and storage
capacity for cost-efficiency and rock-solid
dependability, and offers an energy-smart,
affordable and easy-to-use solution to help
lower costs and manage risk.
■■ X57A2 high-performance Intel server
■■ Two 6 core Intel Xeon E5-2640-series
processor @ 2.5 GHz.
■■ 30GB processor cache memory.
■■ 128GB RAM with 8GB RDIMMs.
■■ Two 1GbE Ethernet ports.
Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)
The enterprise-class Cisco UCS B200 M3
blade server further extends the capabilities
of the Cisco Unified Computing System
portfolio in a half-blade form factor. The
Cisco UCS B200 M3 Server uses Intel Xeon
E5-2600 and E5-2600 v2 processor product
families, up to 768GB of RAM, 2 hard drives,
and up to 8 x 10GE Ethernet ports.
■■ 2 × 8 core Intel Xeon E5-2650 processor,
■■ 128GB RAM.
■■ 1240 virtual interface card.
■■ 6248UP Fabric interconnect.
■■ 32 unified ports.
Hitachi Unified Storage VM
Hitachi Unified Storage VM (HUS VM) is an
enterprise-level storage platform. It com-
bines innovative Hitachi storage virtualization
services with unified block, file and object data
management. This versatile, scalable platform
offers a storage virtualization system to provide
central storage services to existing storage
assets, even those systems from different
vendors. HUS VM can manage all of your
existing storage and consolidate all of your
data in a single, virtualized platform to ease the
management of information. HUS VM is built
with trusted Hitachi reliability for application
availability, flash-accelerated performance and
lower cost of ownership. Delivering enterprise
storage virtualization in a unified platform lets
you manage information more efficiently.
Unified management through Hitachi
Command Suite delivers end-to-end cen-
tral storage management of all virtualized
internal and external storage on HUS VM.
A unique, hardware-accelerated, object-
based file system supports intelligent file
tiering and migration, as well as virtual NAS
functionality, without compromising perfor-
mance or scalability.
Meeting service level objectives for critical
business applications like Oracle has never
been easier. This solution provides the high-
est level of performance, data availability
and data protection at a low TCO.
■■ 192 x 600GB SAS 10k disk drives.
■■ 64GB cache.
■■ 8 x 8GB/sec front-end Fibre Channel ports.
■■ 16 x 6GB/sec back-end SAS links.
■■ 2 MP blades each with two 8-core Xeon
processors at 2.33GHz.
Hitachi NAS Platform
Hitachi NAS Platform is an advanced and
integrated network attached storage (NAS)
solution. It provides a powerful hybrid-core
(customer FPGA) architecture that accelerates
file sharing, file server consolidation, data
Server model Hitachi Compute Blade 520H with Intel E5-2640 pro-
cessors or Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)
B200 M3 with Intel E5-2650 processors
Storage system Hitachi Unified Storage VM
NAS system Hitachi NAS Platform 3080
Fibre Channel SAN networking Cisco Nexus 5548UP
Ethernet 2 built-in 10/100/1000Mbit/sec network interfaces
Database management system
Oracle database 11gR2 (184.108.40.206.0)
Hitachi management software Hitachi Command Suite
Note: Software is sold and licensed separately. HDS does not resell Oracle database software.
Table 1. Hitachi UCP for Oracle with HNAS configuration details