Oracle Database
Appliance X5-2

One-Button deployment and patching for a highly available clustered database system.

Database Appliance Overview

The Oracle Database Appliance X5-2 saves time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of high availability database solutions. Built with the world’s most popular database—Oracle Database—it offers customers a fully integrated system of software, servers, storage, and networking that delivers high availability database services for a wide range of custom and packaged online transaction processing (OLTP), in-memory database, and data warehousing applications. It offers unique capacity-on-demand software licensing to quickly scale from 2 to 72 processor cores without incurring the costs and downtime usually associated with hardware upgrades.

The Oracle Database Appliance X5-2 hardware is a 6U rack-mountable system containing two Oracle Linux servers and one storage shelf. Each server features two 18-core Intel Xeon E5-2699 v3 processors, 256 GB of memory, and 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) external networking connectivity. The two servers are connected together via a redundant InfiniBand interconnect for cluster communication and share direct-attached high performance SAS storage. The appliance contains 64 TB of raw storage, four 400 GB solid-state disks for frequently accessed data and four 200 GB solid-state disks for database redo logs to boost performance.

The Oracle Database Appliance X5-2 enables customers and ISVs to quickly deploy both database and application workloads in a single appliance on a virtualized platform, based on Oracle VM. Customers and ISVs benefit from a complete solution that efficiently utilizes resources and takes advantage of capacity-on-demand licensing for multiple workloads by leveraging Oracle VM hard partitioning.


Oracle has a very active research organization (Oracle Labs) that is charged to 'Identify, explore, and transfer new technologies that have the potential to substantially improve Oracle's business'. One part of the organization is the External Research Office (ERO). The ERO is charged to ' ... invest in research collaborations that fit Oracle's long-term strategic goals. These collaborations are between university researchers and engineers/researchers throughout Oracle's various organizations'. The ERO webpage lists numerous current and past collaborations. Oracle provides funds and direct interactions with highly experienced developers.

If you are interested in the ERO program please contact Steve Jeffreys at

If you would like to explore opportunities for a research collaboration with the database team please contact Dieter Gawlick at

or Garret Swart at
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