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GridIron Announces Big Data Virtualization

GridIron, Intel, VMware, Brocade and Oracle open the door for high performance database virtualization

GridIron Systems announced that its TurboCharger data acceleration appliance is enabling big data Oracle environments to reach new heights of performance under virtualization. Visitors at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, booth 711, can view a live demonstration of a high-performance virtualized Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) database in a multi-vendor environment.

While the multi-core servers lend themselves naturally to database consolidation under virtualization, the obstacle has been cost-effectively meeting the high Input/Output (I/O) demands of the consolidated databases. The expensive storage that is typically required to satisfy the I/O requirements of consolidated databases essentially wiped out the savings from virtualization.

With TurboCharger, GridIron enables enterprises to fully realize cost savings and management efficiency from virtualizing Oracle and Oracle RAC as never before. TurboCharger eliminates the storage I/O bottleneck that has been limiting the deployment of virtualization in demanding Oracle environments.

TurboCharger deploys transparently into standard Storage Area Networks (SANs) between the Virtual Machine (VM) servers and storage. Its patent-pending Set-Ranking™ technology (with unique silicon and software analytics) accelerates existing storage performance by up to 100 times allowing the storage array to meet the heavy concurrent I/O loads issued by the servers.

This means that more database instances can be virtualized and consolidated onto a single physical server, yet use affordable storage arrays to achieve I/O performance levels that fully utilize the capabilities of the server. GridIron's revolutionary TurboCharger appliance is the only solution in the industry that speeds up access to big data with zero changes to server, storage, application software or operational practices.

GridIron, Intel, VMware, Brocade and Oracle will demonstrate how their systems interoperate to deliver extreme performance and flexibility with unmatched consolidation density and ROI at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 in San Francisco, California this week. Highlights of the demonstration include:

  • Oracle RAC virtualized using VMware and OracleVM – a single physical server running multiple concurrent instances of Oracle on shared infrastructure
  • A virtual Oracle RAC system pushing over a million IOPS and 12 Gigabytes per second throughput per rack
  • A single rack containing the servers, SAN switches, TurboCharger accelerators, and affordable storage, with the potential to cut data center footprint by 10X
  • Significant savings in capital expenditure compared to alternatives plus proportional operational savings from reduced power, cooling, and space


“The aggregated I/O workload from virtualized databases has been the biggest barrier to cost-effectively consolidating the larger and more active databases in an enterprise,” said Prasad Pammidimukkala, VP of Marketing at GridIron Systems. “TurboCharger boosts existing storage performance to handle the aggregated I/O workload and enables users to fully realize the efficiency and cost-savings potential of virtualization in their most valuable and demanding Oracle databases.”

GridIron and VMware will host a meetup entitled “TurboCharge Oracle on VMware” at Intel booth #711 at Oracle OpenWorld from 9:45am to 10:15am on Wednesday, October 5th. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and tweet highlights at #VMwGIrn.

TurboCharger will also be showcased at PASS Summit (GridIron booth # 529) in October. Multi-vendor Solution Briefs and additional information about GridIron and TurboCharger are available online at www.gridironsystems.com.

About GridIron Systems
GridIron Systems is a Big Data Acceleration company based in Sunnyvale, California. Formed by a team of networking, storage and SAN innovators, it has focused on bringing the benefits of new technologies like solid state disk to improve data center performance and costs with the LEAST amount of operational disruption. GridIron has 24 patents pending in areas related to big data storage, access-behavior analysis and management. GridIron offers the most comprehensive solutions to speed up multi-terabyte databases including clustered and virtualized environments at a fraction of the cost of alternatives. Additional information is available at
www.gridironsystems.com. Follow GridIron on Twitter: @gridironsystems.

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