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SAN FRANCISCO — IT solution providers and IT consultants will find that EMC’s Symmetrix DMX-4 storage systems are showing much faster I/O speeds running Oracle database applications when they are outfitted with new enterprise-class flash drives. The storage systems had a reputation for slowing down as they loaded up more and more data.

The improvement may not surprise IT consultants who know that flash chips are 20 to 30 times faster than spinning disks for accessing data in real-time applications.

But solution providers should take note that at the Oracle OpenWorld conference here this week, EMC claimed that the DMX-4 is the first enterprise storage system to use flash optimally for Oracle’s heavy-duty applications.

Because Web 2.0 companies and most other enterprises are seeing continual increase in database storage workloads, IT managers are always looking for infrastructure components that are cost-effective and also keep high performance levels. By integrating the attributes of flash, data centers — with the integration of even a single EFD — can see I/O speeds that would have previously required dozens of conventional Fibre Channel hard disk drives.

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