Control Freaks have united in San Francisco for Oracle OpenWorld, and SolidFire is excited to be a part of the action. Today we announce support and Best Practices for MySQL, the world’s most popular open source relational database, alongside existing support for both Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.


Cloud Reigns Supreme at OpenWorld 2014

Sunday night keynotes by Intel president Renée James’s, Oracle CTO and Chairman of the Board and Larry Ellison featured one theme that stood out above the rest: multi-tenancy.


In her keynote, James stated that the cost of private clouds was becoming competitive with public, hastening adoption. Of particular note was her assessment that IT has now firmly embraced virtualization and is moving on to Automation and Orchestration phases, whereby manual processes can be completely automated and workload self-service becomes essential. Ellison also acknowledged and validated the importance of flash in fueling cloud architectures by announcing Oracle’s own hybrid flash array, the FS1. SolidFire CEO and founder Dave Wright wrote about the implications of the FS1 in detail in a post yesterday: Beware of the False QoS.


Despite the multi-tenant and cloud themes, throughout the Systems Expo Hall much of the conversation remains focused on accelerating Oracle Database performance. But once performance needs are met, what’s next? How can IT continue to evolve and move on to automation and orchestration, as James predicted? Raw performance isn’t enough without the means to control that performance and the demands of myriad workloads (not just database).


SolidFire continues to be laser-focused on the exact IT evolution James highlighted — complete storage automation — through our REST-based API, deep integration with orchestration platforms that drive self-service (including the Oracle OpenStack Distribution for Oracle Linux), and a product designed to meet the most stringent needs of multi-tenant and multi-application environments.


The Web wouldn’t be what it is today without MySQL

MySQL, the core data layer of the well known LAMP stack, is one of the most flexible and feature rich transactional databases in use today. It’s critical to our vision to support the variety of platforms customers choose to deploy, and for most MySQL deployments, the price is right.


MySQL Enterprise offers functionality that is upstreamed into advanced derivatives such as Percona and MariaDB. Regardless of the flavor of MySQL in use by an organization, SolidFire can enhance MySQL operations, reduce overall TCO, and streamline administration and operations.


SolidFire has engineered a set of specific MySQL best practices that show practitioners how to get the most out of their next generation storage layer in the context of one of the world’s most popular database engines. Not only do we dig deep to surface critical tuning and configuration parameters, we also provide procedure and guides for creating instant replication-ready copies, zero-RTO snapshot backup and restores, and massively efficient poly-use clones. When combined with native SolidFire features such as per-volume Quality of Service (QoS) controls, this enables advanced topologies with the economics of shared infrastructure, unlocking architectural patterns and flexibilities that no other storage architecture can provide.


All of this adds up to a new look at how to manage large multi-instance MySQL environments, promoting the ability to efficiently consolidate MySQL operations and systems to shared multi-tenant infrastructure while still guaranteeing customized levels of storage performance for every database. When considering new deployments, or Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS), this same architecture provides the perfect platform to grow internal or public-facing automated and turnkey offerings that fit precisely into Next Generation Data Center vision planning and cloud computing paradigms.


Don’t let OpenWorld pass you by without visiting SolidFire in booth #2409. Find out how our all-flash, scale-out storage system can not only accelerate your workloads, but power you toward automation and orchestration. AND, pick up a pair of SolidFire running socks and register to win a camera-enabled quadcopter.


A Scene and Be Heard Theater Session at Oracle OpenWorld 2014
Jeff Wright, Database Systems Architect at SolidFire, gives a presentation on running database applications in a private cloud with OpenStack and SolidFire in a Scene and Be Heard Theater Session in the exhibitor hall at Oracle OpenWorld on Monday, September 29th.

Kelly Boeckman