5-Minute Briefing: December 18, 2013
Oracle's just-released Exalogic Elastic Cloud provides new enhancements to help customers attain greater levels of data center consolidation and efficiency. Compared to the last release, Oracle Exalogic X4-2 provides higher throughput and, coupled with Oracle Exabus technology, delivers near-native response times for virtualized applications, resulting in greater consolidation benefits. In addition, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X4-2 hardware, powered by Intel Xeon processors, provides 50% more cores per node, large amounts of memory and significantly increased flash and disk storage capacity.
As it becomes a corporate sponsor of OpenStack, Oracle says it plans to integrate OpenStack capabilities into a range of products and services including Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle's ZS3 Series, Axiom Storage Systems and StorageTek Tape Systems, Oracle Compute Cloud Service and Oracle Storage Cloud Service.
Oracle has announced the fifth generation database machine, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4, which adds enhancements to improve performance and quality of service for OLTP, DBaaS (database as a service), and data warehousing. Tim Shetler, vice president of product management, Oracle, shared his views on the update in an interview. "There is no price change with this generation. It is the same price as before. We are just giving customers more capacity and more performance," said Shetler.
Think About It
Not all Hadoop packages offer a unique distribution of the Hadoop core, but all attempt to offer a differentiated value proposition through additional software utilities, hardware, or cloud packaging. Against that backdrop, Intel's distribution of Hadoop might appear to be an odd duck since Intel is not in the habit of offering software frameworks, and the brand, while ubiquitous, is not associated specifically with Hadoop, databases or big data software. However, given its excellent partnerships across the computer industry, Intel has support from a variety of vendors, including Oracle and SAP, and many of the innovations in its distribution show real promise.
IOUG News and Information
Whether you are thinking about expanding your Engineered Systems environment with Oracle Exadata X4, in the middle of planning your Exadata migration, or just curious about what makes engineered systems so powerful, you'll be sure to find lots of insight, information and ideas during the IOUG Exadata SIG's 2014 Exadata Virtual Conference, January 29-30.
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