Oracle Tackles Data Center Cost and Complexity With New Generation of Integrated Appliances

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At a live event this week, Larry Ellison outlined Oracle’s strategy for reducing customer costs and increasing value with a new generation of engineered systems, including Oracle’s new Virtual Compute Appliance X5, Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System, and sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5.

oracle-cloud“We’re going to compete for that core data center business,” said Larry Ellison. “Our appliances and engineered systems deliver the highest performance by a large margin at the lowest purchase price for the data center core. They get the job done faster, more securely and more reliably than any competitive offering available today.”

The next-generation of integrated appliances include:

  • Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance X5 – Paired with the Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System, the Virtual Compute Appliance provides a complete, converged infrastructure system. Deployed in a matter of hours, this system would be able to dramatically reduce cost, risk, installation, and management time, and give customers the ability to easily reduce infrastructure complexity and deploy applications faster.
  • Oracle Database Appliance X5 – Ideal for distributed and branch office deployments, Oracle Database Appliance offers a complete package of compute, storage, and software that would save time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of database and application workloads. Oracle Database Appliance X5 adds flash caching, integrated InfiniBand connectivity, increased compute cores, and increased storage to improve consolidation density.
  • Oracle Big Data Appliance X5 – Delivers comprehensive and secure Hadoop and NoSQL capabilities to the enterprise with fast deployment time. For faster, lower-cost throughput, the new appliance comes with twice the RAM and 2.25x the processor cores. Also available on Oracle Big Data Appliance is the latest version of Oracle Big Data SQL, which extends Oracle SQL to Hadoop and NoSQL, enabling customers to use one fast SQL query across all their data, with no application changes.
  • Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance X5 – Provides an Oracle Database-integrated data protection solution that would eliminate data loss exposure for all Oracle databases, with minimal impact to production environments. Available today, this new version would offer faster processors and expanded capacity within a single rack, enabling faster recovery, higher throughput, and improved database backup consolidation.

Sixth-Generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5

oracle-exadata-database-machineThe sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine is the highest-performing and lowest-cost platform for running Oracle Database, according to Oracle. Oracle Exadata’s architecture features scale-out database servers, scale-out intelligent storage servers, and high-speed InfiniBand networking. Oracle Exadata X5 includes:

  • Faster base performance – faster processors, larger maximum memory capacity, and faster and larger flash increase overall performance.
  • Extreme flash storage server – A newly introduced all-flash storage server uses ultra-fast PCIe flash drives, the latest Non-Volatile Memory Express flash protocol, and InfiniBand scale-out to achieve breakthrough performance and price per I/O. Oracle Exadata X5-2, Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 and Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 engineered systems can be configured with extreme flash storage servers.
  • Elastic configurations – Storage and compute can now be configured and expanded one server at a time to provide granular on-demand expansion at a lower cost. Elastic configurations allow customers to configure Oracle Database In-Memory optimized systems as well as all-flash OLTP systems.
  • Oracle VM support – Consolidated environments can achieve a high level of workload isolation using Oracle VM while taking advantage of ultra-fast InfiniBand networking. Virtual machine-based licensing reduces software costs.
  • New software features – Oracle Exadata X5 has many new software capabilities, including faster pure columnar flash caching, database snapshots, flash cache resource management, near-instant server death detection, I/O latency capping, and offload of JSON and XML analytics, as well as support for Oracle Linux 6.
  • Investment protection – Existing Oracle Exadata systems can be expanded with new X5-2 servers, and new software features are supported on previous generations of Oracle Exadata hardware.
  • Exabus Connectivity – Oracle Exadata X5-2 supports native Exabus connectivity to the updated Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X5-2. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X5-2 delivers “breakthrough” performance and scalability for Java, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications and will provide customers the ability to run on-premise the same Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capability offered in Oracle Cloud.