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March 9, 2013

Virtual DB

Filed under: Delphix — Jonathan Lewis @ 9:52 am GMT Mar 9,2013

I’m heading off to Heathrow airport later on today to fly out to San Francisco for my week of  experimenting with Delphix. I’ve done a little preparation work, of course, including browsing around the Internet to read about related technologies. Some of the material I found was very interesting, so I thought I’d go publish a few of the links that might be useful to other people.

It’s quite surprising to see how long the necessary core technology has been around; and yet there seems to have been minimal follow-up on the possibilities the technology  makes available – perhaps because of the specific  hardware, or special skills needed to put put together a working solution.

Here’s a short series from “Oracle Storage Guy” comparing Netapp and EMC (with a bit of a bias towards EMC)  – it’s a few years old, and the companies mentioned have probably moved on, reviewed strategies, and refined what they do, but I suspect it’s still good background information for the non-specialist.

And an introduction to some OpenWorld presentations on Oracle’s dbClone from the same person.

A couple of posts by Kevin Closson on NFS and CloneDB

And a posting about Oracle’s clonedb from Tim Hall

A couple of (fairly long) Oracle white papers on cloning

And, of course, a couple of items from Kyle Hailey (Delphix) that talk about why Delphix is the right solution at the right time. Both items  come with a useful list of links  to articles on other technologoes

Finally, a couple of posts from end-users:

Bottom line – it looks as if Delphix has created a product that is more flexible, more powerful and easier to use than the competition that has been around for several years, and they’ve done it on generic hardware. I’ll be trying to find out how  reality lines up with expectations over the next week.


  1. Thanks for the link Jonathan. I will be very interested to see your findings.

    Comment by Steve Karam — March 10, 2013 @ 5:10 am GMT Mar 10,2013 | Reply

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    Comment by lkafle — March 11, 2013 @ 2:28 am GMT Mar 11,2013 | Reply

  3. Was talking to Delphix today and mentioned to them that we are very interested in what Jonathan Lewis has to say about the product. They seemed very excited as well to have Jonathan on site. Looking forward to Jonathan’s first hand impressions of Delphix.

    Comment by krish — March 13, 2013 @ 8:53 pm GMT Mar 13,2013 | Reply

  4. Hi Jonathan,
    We’re just now considering Delphix as a virtual database deployment technology and I just listened to the recording of the first webinar you had with Kyle back in April.
    Were the second and third webinars recorded?

    Comment by Chuck Stoker — November 6, 2013 @ 2:32 pm GMT Nov 6,2013 | Reply

    • Chuck,

      I’m fairly sure they were recorded – it might take me a little time finding some links for them, though. I’ll drop Kyle Hailey a note as well in case there are alternative links.

      Comment by Jonathan Lewis — November 8, 2013 @ 10:16 am GMT Nov 8,2013 | Reply

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