UP FRONT: From the Editor
United We EngineerBy Tom Haunert
Built together, hardware and software can do more, and do it faster.
The interdependence of hardware and software means that each component is built to the standards and requirements of the other components. But that same interdependence also means that when one vendor engineers both the hardware and the software, tightly integrated, standards-based systems can deliver better performance and results for your business.
Every Port in the Data StormI started working at Oracle in a porting group. This particular group worked on porting the Oracle Database kernel software from its primary port to a variety of other ports—combinations of operating systems and hardware—from different vendors. The same software kernel was deployed for each of these ports, with whatever software customizations that were required by the particular operating system and hardware.
Engineered TogetherAt Oracle OpenWorld 2010 in San Francisco, California, Oracle announced many new hardware and software products and several combined hardware and software products that demonstrate the benefit of hardware and software engineered to work together.
Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud (“cloud in a box”) is the world’s first and only integrated middleware machine. It combines 64-bit processors with key Oracle Fusion Middleware components—including Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle Coherence, and Oracle JRockit—to consolidate, manage, and run Java and non-Java applications at more than 1 million HTTP requests per second in an elastic and secure private cloud. And the combination and optimization of the included Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud hardware and software is key to this extreme performance.
Not coincidently, the Exadata Database Machine X2-8 is the ideal database and data storage platform to integrate with and support the extreme application performance of Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.
Tom Haunert, Editor in Chief
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