Mountain View, Calif. – June 19, 2007 –
Gear6, accelerating storage for real time application performance,
today announced that GX Technology (GXT), a leading provider of
advanced seismic imaging solutions to oil and gas companies worldwide,
is deploying its CACHEfx scalable caching appliances to accelerate
strategic seismic data processing applications and streamline
infrastructure management. The Gear6 centralized storage caching
solution, which integrated transparently into GXT’s infrastructure,
helps to streamline and significantly reduce the turnaround time for
projects that rely on these input/output intensive applications. With
thousands of processing nodes and nearly a petabyte of seismic storage,
the demanding GXT data and application environment showcases the
ability of CACHEfx appliances to power extremely large workloads and
There is a false industry stereotype that NAS can't handle databases well. Many years ago, NetApp and Oracle set out to dispel this myth, supported by a loyal group determined to have the simplicity and ease of use of network attached storage plus their database performance.
Part of these efforts include Oracle and NetApp showcasing the Oracle Austin Data Center as the largest Dell/Linux on earth and the largest NetApp installation on earth with 2.5 petabytes (or 2,500 terabytes) of disk storage, at lease according to this article from 2005: Oracle Technology Network Feature: Running on the Grid
Today, we're seeing more interest than ever in increasing database performance and making the storage component more simple to manage. Earlier this year, we wrote about Oracle users and their attempts at Balancing Capacity and Performance, and more recently about our experience at the Independent Oracle Users Group trade show, Back from Oracle Users Group.
This week's Network World Tech Update features a piece we wrote about centralized storage caching. It is short and straightforward, so hopefully you will enjoy the read. A key focus is on the use of open standards for caching which in the case of Gear6 scalable caching appliances is Ethernet, IP, and the Network File System (NFS).
I used this standards-based caching overview earlier this week at a software conference hosted by the 451 group. One panel was on software-as-a-service, or SaaS, with a couple of companies delivering SaaS discussing how they approach the market. At the end, an audience member from a large chip company asked what these SaaS companies might like to see from a hardware perspective to help them better deliver their offerings. One panelist responded, "More main memory. That is what we need to deliver our application effectively."
Adding more memory to computers is an age old quest. The issue is that adding more memory requires an intricate balancing act between vendors of processors, motherboards, memory chips, and operating systems. It isn't easy to get everything in sync as quickly as the market demand for more memory is increasing.
But while we wait for memory density to increase, there is a another straightforward way to increase memory to applications though a standards-based approach of centralized storage caching.
Instead of waiting for all of the starts to align on the processor, motherboard, memory chip, and operating system constellation, how about an open-systems approach to add more memory to the overall infrastructure?
By building a high-speed, high-capacity caching appliance that scales in the network, customers can do just that. The Network World article explains this in more detail.
This standards-based approach helped me explain why centralized storage caching is an important step for building scalable infrastructures. For companies delivering software-as-a-service, it might be worth a closer look.