Oracle has updated its Database Appliance in a push to better support virtualised deployments.
The company said that the X3-2 appliance would see a dramatic bump in hardware specs with four times as much storage as previous Database Appliance models. The new appliances will also support expansion through the company's Storage Expansion Shelf platform.
The upgraded systems, which are now generally available from the company and its partner vendors, will sport up to 18TB of disk storage and 800GB of flash capacity along with 512GB of memory.
Oracle said that the increased storage headroom is part of an effort to expand the virtualisation capabilities of the Database Appliance line. The company is planning to bundle the hardware appliances with its Oracle VM virtualisation platform to create a system which can be partitioned into multiple virtual appliances.
In doing so, Oracle believes that it can not only make the platform more scalable, but also allow firms to adopt a "pay as you grow" software pricing model by only needing to acquire new licences when another virtual machine within the appliance is activated.
In addition to Oracle Database, the company said that it would be customising the X3-2 hardware for use with WebLogic Server and other unspecified Oracle applications.
"When we introduced the Oracle Database Appliance, it offered growing businesses and departments a greatly simplified way to manage and harness the power of Oracle Real Application Clusters,"Oracle vice president of product strategy and business development Sohan DeMel said.
"With the second generation, we've infused this engineered system with up to twice the power and added virtualisation support."
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