Solid State Drives Ramp Up Performance for In-Memory Databases

Data intensive computing takes muscle – and not just in the form of more powerful processors. Revving up performance for time-sensitive, transactional analytics, takes a more complete package, which includes in-system memory database software plus low latency storage solutions. Watch this video to learn how adding solid-state storage drives can greatly reduce process persistent data bottlenecks and speed database performance.


Not so long ago, enterprise-level relational databases consisted of two segments: a large server that ran the database software and a separate, usually detached storage environment with traditional disk drives. However, for time-sensitive processing, the latency lag that occurred as data passed between the two segments became a real drag on performance.

Today’s database environments have become much more complex, but they still suffer from latency whenever data-flows are processed to a spinning hard drive.

In the past couple of decades, processor efficiency and speeds have increased as much as 50,000 times. Over the same period, hard drive performance, based on the speed of a spinning cylinder, has improved only 30 to 40 percent. Rotating media storage becomes the real bottleneck if you’re looking to pump out real-time analytics.

One way to optimize transactional performance is by integrating in-memory database solutions, such as the Oracle TimesTen* In-Memory Database, a relational database that runs purely in system memory to increase both speed and reliability.

However, while the Oracle TimesTen database solution runs only on in-system memory, it still requires logging transactions to some form of persistent storage. If this happens to be standard rotating media, then you’re back to having a hard drive latency issue.

The answer: Add solid-state storage to your database environment. The above video demonstration shows how Intel® Solid-State Drives (Intel® SSD) can help organizations get the full value out of their Oracle TimesTen investments and better manage real-time data by removing storage bottlenecks that build up when your systems are dependent on standard hard disk drives.

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Tim is a strategic marketing manager for Intel with specific responsibilities related to the cloud, big data, analytics, datacenter appliances and RISC migration. Tim has 20+ years of industry experience including work as a systems analyst, developer, system adminstrator, enterprise systems trainer, product marketing engineer and marketing program manager. Prior to Intel Tim worked at Tektronix, IBM, Intersolv, Sequent and Con-Way Logistics. Tim holds a BSEE in computer engineering from BYU, PMP certification and a MBA in finance from the University of Portland. Specialties include - PMP, MCSE, CNA, HP-UX, AIX, Shell, Perl, C++