Oracle unleashes fifth-gen Exadata machine

  • Latest release will help customers streamline ops and take advantage of business-critical data
  • Hundreds of databases can be consolidated in a DBaaS architecture into a single rack, says company

Oracle unleashes fifth-gen Exadata machineORACLE Corporation has released the fifth-generation of its database machine, Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4, which focuses on improving the performance and quality of service for online transaction processing (OLTP), Database as a Service (DBaaS) and data warehousing.
 
The latest release will help customers streamline operations and take advantage of business critical data with enhanced uptime and efficiency, the company claimed.
 
“Enterprise data centre managers are often burdened with the complexity and cost associated with managing data in siloed environments,” said Carl Olofson, research vice president at IDC.
 
“Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4 aims to provide database administrators a single, centralised and automated environment to manage databases,” he said in a statement issued by Oracle.
 
Oracle Exadata was first launched in 2008. Today, there are thousands of such machines powering the largest businesses worldwide, running a wide variety of mission-critical workloads including petabyte data warehouses, real-time OLTP, business applications, global scale e-commerce and online financial trading, the company said.
 
Oracle unleashes fifth-gen Exadata machine“Oracle Exadata Database Machine is the best platform on which to run the Oracle Database and the X4 release extends that value proposition,” said Oracle president Mark Hurd (pic).
 
“As private database clouds grow in popularity, the strengths of Oracle Exadata around performance, availability and quality of service set it apart from all alternatives,” he claimed.
 
The performance and capacity of Oracle Exadata easily allows hundreds of databases to be consolidated in a DBaaS architecture into a single rack, enabling greatly reduced costs and improved agility.
 
To further ensure that consolidated environments deliver consistent and predictable performance, Oracle Exadata now has the ability to transparently prioritise requests as they flow from database servers, through network adapters and network switches, to storage and back, the company said.
 
The new hardware is fully compatible and interoperable with previously released Exadata machines, enabling customers with existing machines to easily expand with the newest system, Oracle said.
 
Additionally, the new Oracle Exadata software supports all previous generation Oracle Exadata hardware systems and also supports both Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Database 11g Release 2.
 
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