By JO TIMBUONGbytz@thestar.com.my
KUALA LUMPUR: As organisations grow so does the data in their storage system and this can easily get out of hand if not properly managed.
Oracle Japan and Asia Pacific director of storage sales Amit Maholtra said it is best if the data is managed from the moment it is created, right up to the moment of archiving.
"There are many solutions out there, such as virtualisation and thin provisioning, and all vendors are able to offer these. The only difference is pricing," he said at a media briefing at the Oracle Malaysia office here.
From Oracle's point of view, having a single-shot solution to manage bytes of data may not be the most efficient method. Instead, Amit said, Oracle aims to understand why each piece of data is created in the first place and how it can be stored more efficiently.
Oracle's solution lies in the hybrid columnar compression (HCC) feature which is available across its storage offerings.
The feature compresses data at the point of creation or database level, and passes it through data integration checkpoints until it is archived.
Amit claims the feature offers customers up to 10x data reduction and acceleration capabilities compared to the other solutions in the market.
In other words, instead of dealing with 50 terabytes (TB) of data, the compression algorithms in the HCC feature is able to compress that to a mere 5TB.
"Organisations are also able to save on the costs of physically storing and distributing the data, and are able to easily manage data growth," Amit said.
Oracle is sweetening the deal by offering flexible financing options for the businesses that are interested in its storage offerings. Amit said they can either opt for the whole storage suite or single components.
He disagreed that such facilities encourage vendor lock-in. "Customers always have a choice of either buying a component or the whole suite.
"We believe that even if they opt to get a single component, it will work with their existing data storage system," he added.
For more information on Oracle's storage solutions, go to www.oracle.com.