This is the blog site of Chris Buckel.
I have been working with Oracle databases since 1997, with various roles including developer, DBA, architect and consultant. In 2009, whilst working for Oracle Corporation in the UK, I became involved in the Exadata product – first as an engineer, then leading the UK team of engineers who supported, installed, configured and patched (and patched and patched) the Exadata machines of UK customers.
In 2012, just as Exadata skills were starting to be in demand around the UK, I surprised my colleagues (and myself) by leaving Oracle – and the comfort of the database industry – to join an All-Flash data storage company. Why did I do this? Two reasons really: frustration at my role within Oracle (I wanted to work in Sales instead of Delivery) and excitement at the potential for All Flash Arrays (AFAs) to change not just the storage world but the whole of enterprise I.T.
The AFA industry is a tidal change in enterprise storage, with customers moving to replace all spinning magnetic media in their data centres with flash technology. We call this the All-Flash Data Centre. All Flash Arrays give extremely high performance and yet compared to high performance spinning disk arrays use a fraction of the power, need less cooling and have a much smaller data centre footprint. More importantly, they unleash applications from the constraints of mechanical storage and let them function at the speed of flash. The I.T. industry needs this, because for decades storage (i.e. disk) has been the anchor that drags back servers and networking and stops us from reaping the true benefits of Moore’s Law.
This is not a corporate blog; it is my own site reflecting my own views. I aim to educate readers about storage (and flash in particular) as well as occasionally indulge in my favourite hobby: watching Oracle Corporation to see how it behaves towards customers, competitors and the market in general. Sometimes people think I am anti-Oracle but this could not be further from the truth; having spent 15 years working with Oracle products I have the highest expectations for the company.
So this blog marks the start of a new journey into the murky world of storage and documents my adventures in running Oracle databases on flash memory arrays…
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