SAN FRANCISCO: Oracle has unveiled the latest addition to its Exadata database appliance, which the firm hopes will prove popular among customers looking for a private cloud to handle their data processing requirements.
The Exadata Database Machine X2-8 offers a high-capacity database system for large OLTP, data warehousing and consolidated workloads. The X2-8 comprises two eight-socket database servers with 128 Intel CPU cores and 2TB of memory.
Internal connectivity is provided through 40 Gigabit InfiniBand, while external requests are via 10 Gigabit Ethernet.
Almost as noteworthy as the launch of the X2-8, if not more so, was the first appearance at an OpenWorld event of ex-HP chief executive Mark Hurd, who began his presentation by telling delegates that Exadata was the most successful new product that Oracle has launched.
Hurd cited four reasons why Exadata has proved so useful for firms. “First, firms have lots of data,” he said. “Second, lots of users want access to lots of data. Third, users ask really hard questions about the lots of data. Fourth, they want answers to those questions really fast.”
Exadata gets round this by putting the intelligence in the storage and offering a "beefier" processor in the database to handle queries, Hurd said, so the system does not need to spend so much time looking for the data.
Hurd added that there is full database encryption for security, a choice of Linux or Solaris, and the system can handle one million I/Os per second. Availability is slated for the next 30 to 45 days.
James Powell, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Thomson Reuters, which is an early adopter of Exadata, gave an insight into the benefits of the system at OpenWorld 2010.
He explained that Thomson had a choice between a best-of-breed model where the integration would need to be done in-house, or going with the Oracle option where the work is done on its behalf.
He added that the key benefits of Exadata were performance gains and consolidation. “Consolidation is a big opportunity for us,” Powell said, “letting us bring smaller databases together.”
The launch of the X2-8 comes on the back of Oracle’s impressive financial results for the three months ending 31 August, helped in part by the success of the Exadata product family.
On announcing the results, Oracle president Safra Catz said the firm’s hardware business had grown faster than expected, mostly down to Sun Solaris servers and Exadata. Chief executive Larry Ellison added that the Exadata business was now worth more than $1.5bn for the fiscal year for Oracle.
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