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Oracle, a minor database and enterprise software interest of yachtsman Larry Ellison, has picked LSI to supply PCIe flash acceleration cards.

LSI’s Nytro-branded cards will be used in Oracle’s Exadata X4 engineered system, what it calls its next-generation Database Machine. The cards have a jointly-developed Oracle LSI software technology called Dynamic Logical Capacity (DLC) which is claimed to “extend the logical flash storage capacity of Exadata beyond the system’s physical flash capacity.”

Oracle Exadata systems SVP Juan Loiaza said: “Flash-based storage is a key element of Exadata, and LSI Nytro flash accelerator cards deliver the performance and reliability that Oracle demands for Exadata. The expanded flash capacity enabled by DLC technology further enhances cost-effectiveness, raising the value we’re able to deliver to customers.”

There is no information about DLC on LSI’s web site. It sounds like some form of paging mechanism between the flash card and disk … maybe, but what’s new about that? We’re trying to find out more.

Nice win for LSI on the PCIe flash card front. As a reminder, LSI is being bought by Avago for $6.6bn cash. ®

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