KDDI Uses Oracle SuperCluster to Reduce Footprint

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KDDI uses an Oracle SuperCluster to dramatically consolidate server infrastructure, Violin Memory flash arrays help NextGear Capital accelerate key services to their customers, and Riverbed advances its Granite converged infrastructure solution with support for more branches, and bigger data sets.

KDDI selects Oracle SuperCluster.  Oracle (ORCL) announced that KDDI has selected Oracle SuperCluster to help strengthen the authentication system for its mobile core network. KDDI uses Oracle SuperCluster running Oracle Solaris and Oracle VM Server for SPARC with Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database. Using the SuperCluster to consolidate 40 enterprise servers, KDDI expects will reduce its data center footprint by 83 percent and power consumption by 70 percent. Four Oracle SuperCluster systems will help significantly improve overall system performance, and enable KDDI to scale to accommodate future growth. The project utilized the Oracle Solution Center, Oracle Japan’s validation center, to jointly conduct performance and functionality validation with ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC).

NextGear selects Violin Memory Flash Arrays.  Violin Memory (VMEM) announced it has been chosen by NextGear Capital to accelerate the delivery of key services to the company’s customer base of more than 17,000 auto dealers in North America. Using the Violin 6000 Series Flash Memory Array, NextGear Capital achieved up to 1000 percent improvement in SQL database performance. When two large SQL database servers were slowing down business, NextGear Capital needed a temporary high-performance home for the data. The company turned to Violin Memory and performance immediately improved, even before conducting a problem determination on the database. “We are the leaders in the automotive flooring market because we focus on providing the right services at the right time,” said Chris Brady, chief information officer of NextGear Capital. “Violin’s storage not only accelerated our services to very demanding automotive dealers, but we see it as an insurance policy for maintaining that lead in the future.”

Riverbed launches Granite 2.6.  Riverbed (RVBD) announced Riverbed Granite 2.6, with new features that support more branches, bigger data sets, and additional enterprise-class storage solutions, including IBM Storwize V7000. Riverbed Granite is a branch converged infrastructure solution. With Granite, businesses can restore operations in a matter of minutes vs. days, centrally protect and secure data, and significantly lower the TCO of branch and remote offices. New features include a snapshot handoff framework with a script-execution interface used to orchestrate snapshot operations for storage arrays, and new higher capacity Virtual Granite Core (VGC) models that scale up to 30 branches and 35 TB. “We have Riverbed Granite in all of our remote locations,” said Jerry Vigil, director IT operations, Bill Barrett Corporation. “Our users get great local performance and my IT staff is able to manage data centrally with the added plus of having a solid, faster disaster recovery capability. I’m already a happy user. The fact that Granite 2.6 delivers even more ways to simplify management and protect data affirms that we made the right choice for our branch infrastructure.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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