The Pure Storage booth returned to Oracle Open World last week, and we had a great time meeting enthusiastic customers, both existing and future. Some people said that it was the man in the orange hat who drew them in
… but we all know it was our great product and company
We had a few demos going in the booth more or less full time. First, we used the Silly Little Oracle Benchmark (SLOB) to demonstrate that our latency is indeed great. The histograms we were generating for the SLOB workload looked like hockey sticks:
If you’re not a DBA, this graph may not mean much to you. In a nutshell, this graph shows that all of these physical i/o’s incurred 1ms or less of latency. If you are a DBA, it’s very exciting. This guy gets it:
In another demo, we showcased our snapshot technology to clone a 600GB production database running on multiple volumes from one machine to another. Before I ran the demo, I asked people how long they expected it to take, and most people guessed hours. Well, in less than 30 seconds (much of which was my talking) we cloned the database before their eyes. How much time could you save by cloning a database in 20 seconds?
We also demonstrated the resilency of our product. We encouraged people to pull drives, cables, anything. Even with multiple drives pulled and a controller disconnected, the Pure Storage Flash Array continued running without outage and without performance degradation.
Prior to the show, I worked with my friend Uday Vallamsetty from Delphix to demonstrate how our products can work together to provide high performance Oracle environments for dozens of developers. Uday’s blog post summarizes the work that we did. The bottom line is that the the Pure Storage FlashArray’s performance capabilities allow your virtual databases to operate at production levels.
All in all it was a great week. I really enjoyed meeting people from all over the world whom I’d met on conference calls, as well as helping people realize how much benefit Pure Storage brings to the database world.
Oh yeah — Team Oracle USA also won the America’s Cup!