Gathering Clouds

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud advances data center consolidation efforts.

February 2011

Data center consolidation produces efficient, powerful, flexible, and cost-effective computing environments for enterprises in every industry, while delivering the highest quality of service for mission-critical applications. But the process of data center consolidation can seem an overwhelming, time-consuming, and costly undertaking.

The new Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is the industry’s first integrated cloud computing platform that combines hardware and software engineered by Oracle to work together for maximum performance and reliability. This offers customers a single enterprise cloud IT foundation and a scalable, fault-tolerant, and secure platform for data center consolidation.

Today, enterprise IT staff must provide next-generation cloud features while meeting ever-more-demanding performance and reliability requirements. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud meets this challenge. The solution creates a network and virtualized computing environment to run all enterprise applications, featuring integrated and balanced storage and an optimized Java infrastructure designed for middle-tier applications such as Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle SOA Suite, and Oracle WebCenter Suite.

“We’ve done a lot of the work in all the layers of software and systems to deliver an optimized, out-of-the-box experience that achieves unbeatable service levels along with the IT and cost benefits of a virtualized compute platform,” says Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java.

IT managers considering consolidation projects typically look for a standard platform to run mission-critical applications with capacity that is more flexible and elastic. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is an ideal consolidation platform because it provides the elasticity and isolation at the computer, storage, and network levels and the service-level agreements expected from a private cloud computing environment that can run real enterprise workloads.

Enterprises contending with hundreds of fragile data centers and the predicament of increasing demands from business can shrink their hardware footprint and consolidate their applications—such as enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, financials, Java, COBOL, C++, Web, and SOA applications—down to a few Oracle Exalogic machines backed by Oracle Exadata.

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud also uses Java, the most pervasive enterprise application implementation technology, to achieve top performance and service levels for Java Platform, Enterprise Edition applications running on Oracle WebLogic Server and the entire Oracle Fusion Middleware portfolio. Oracle Exalogic delivers 60 percent more Java applications per second, potentially reducing the existing enterprise hardware footprint.

In addition to engineered support for Java, Oracle Exalogic also offers a choice of Oracle Linux or Oracle Solaris operating systems and is fully compatible with standard Oracle Linux 5 and Oracle Solaris 11 applications—making it a perfect consolidation platform.

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is engineered for extreme performance. In tests using typical real-world workload scenarios, Oracle Exalogic delivers up to 12 times improvement for Web-based workloads, 5 times improvement for enterprise messaging, and as much as 3 times the increase in database queries per second. Finally, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud features high-availability and fault-tolerant performance that protects enterprises from any failures. From the hardware platform to the software architecture, redundancy is built in—there is no single point of failure.

“Oracle Exalogic delivers the benefits of consolidation—reduced hardware footprint and more-flexible infrastructure—while delivering superior performance and availability for all applications,” says Rizvi.

And because the hardware and software components of Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud are engineered to work together, customers will see significant improvements in data center management, freeing up IT talent to focus on business-critical needs. “By using Oracle Exalogic, customers can deliver on the seemingly conflicting goals of reducing TCO [total cost of ownership] while delivering unbeatable service levels for business applications with less hardware,” says Rizvi.