Feeds

Oracle and HP's database machine predicated on Voltaire

Israeli firm says Infiniband is best of all possible I0s

Intelligent flash storage arrays

El Reg: Is the Oracle Database Machine just another example of a specialised enterprise high performance computing (HPC) environment or does it have a more general significance?

Asaf Somekh: Yes and no. The majority of our customers today use InfiniBand in an HPC-like configuration to improve the performance of a single application that’s critical to their specific business objectives. One could make the case that the HP Oracle Database Machine does this for Oracle and data warehouses. This is not a bad thing: enterprises can learn a lot from the HPC space in terms of how to architect clusters and grids that combine servers and storage communications to optimise application performance.

What makes this solution more generally significant to a broader data center audience is that Oracle and HP chose to architect the system with a unified fabric for server and storage networking using InfiniBand. The storage traffic and inter-processor communication runs on a single wire. More and more enterprises are now talking about further data center consolidation and building their “next generation” data centers.

Typically, these new data centers consist of large grids of commodity servers coupled with scalable shared file system solutions and connected by a single unified fabric. InfiniBand is the only technology that can enable a unified fabric today. Ethernet can’t do this yet because it is dependent on future technologies such as FCOE which many are saying is still 2-3 years away.

El Reg: Why isn't InfiniBand used for the Database Machine's accessing application servers?

Asaf Somekh: The Database Machine solution covers the backend part of a data warehouse environment and InfiniBand is used as the backbone for it. However, the solution is architected such that the door is open for the customers to use Voltaire to extend the HP Oracle Database Machine’s performance with InfiniBand connectivity all the way out to the application servers. In fact, some of our data warehouse customers identified InfiniBand for the application servers as the key factor in getting their application speedup.

El Reg: How does the cost of a server InfiniBand port compare to the cost of a GigE and a 10GigE port? What are the price trends with these types of port?

Asaf Somekh: InfiniBand is far less expensive than 10 Gigabit Ethernet. 20 Gbps InfiniBand director-class switches cost about US$800 per port (list price). 10 Gigabit Ethernet ranges from about US $1,500 to $3,000 per port and a GigE port averages at roughly US $200 per switch port. New Data Center Ethernet (DCE) solutions are priced even higher with costs between US$2600-3600 per port.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Next page: Comment

More from The Register

next story
The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes
4TB of home storage is great, until you wake up to a dead device
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
Intel offers ingenious piece of 10TB 3D NAND chippery
The race for next generation flash capacity now on
Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY
Pony up or push off, Zuck tells social marketeers
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
SAVE ME, NASA system builder, from my DEAD WORKSTATION
Anal-retentive hardware nerd in paws-on workstation crisis
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.