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Shrinking Your Oracle EBS Storage Footprint with Delphix

Mahesh Vanapalli | | May 15, 2018

As your company grows and matures, some degree of “data bloat” is natural. By accumulating more information, you can improve your business processes and better serve your customers.

What’s not so easy, however, is determining which data is truly necessary and which data is completely extraneous. Because of these challenges, most organizations hang onto all the information they can — until it starts causing performance issues, that is.

Oracle E-Business Suite is a powerful choice for dozens of different ERP and CRM functions, but we also have to admit that it’s a bit of a data hog. To continue to get good performance out of your Oracle EBS deployment, you’ll need to manage your data footprint with tools and technologies such as Delphix’s Dynamic Data Platform.

What Is Delphix’s Dynamic Data Platform?

Delphix is a leading provider of data solutions across platforms from Amazon Web Services to Oracle EBS; more than 30 percent of the Fortune Global 500 are Delphix customers. The company’s Dynamic Data Platform is a cutting-edge “data as a service” tool that’s designed to streamline DevOps, improve security and reduce your overall storage footprint.

Perhaps the most important functionality of Delphix is to virtualize your enterprise data. This means creating a “virtual” data layer whose representation is independent of how the data is actually stored on your hardware.

When you want to use old data in a new location, most traditional data integration solutions will use ETL (extract, transform, load) to copy and consolidate the information. Although this works in practice, it increases your storage footprint (because the data now exists in two locations) and can also be painfully slow.

Data virtualization is a similar concept to data integration, with the added benefit of not growing your storage footprint. Users can access the “virtual” layer from anywhere, but the underlying data is stored in only one physical location. This makes your processes more efficient, your storage footprint smaller and your information more secure.

The Benefits of Using Delphix

Delphix comes equipped with features that today’s data-driven organizations require in order to optimize their business processes. For example, Delphix allows you to create point-in-time copies of multiple environments so that you can simulate production environments during integration testing.

Another important feature of Delphix is inline data compression. Information is compressed before it’s written to disk, thereby using less physical storage (at least three times smaller than its original format). Delphix also supports frequent cloning if your business processes require it. Because Delphix saves only changes to your data at each point in time, you can reconstruct the state of your database at any given moment.

Finally, because Delphix is entirely hardware-independent, it can be used in combination with leading products like Dell EMC’s XtremIO SSD storage solution. By leveraging the benefits of both technologies, you can drastically cut down on your storage of redundant, unwanted, outdated data.

Final Thoughts

Oracle EBS offers customers many features and advantages, but you need to make sure that its storage footprint doesn’t grow out of control over time. By using Delphix’s dedicated, Fortune 500-quality tool for data management, you can proactively take control of your enterprise data, improve EBS performance, and save your DBAs huge amounts of time and energy.

Ready to learn how you can use Delphix to streamline your enterprise data? Download Datavail’s new white paper, Slash Costs While Increasing Performance: Reduce Your Oracle EBS Storage Footprint.

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