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Newly Launched Oracle Exadata X3 Redefines Extreme Performance

At Oracle OpenWorld 2012, Oracle announced the general availability of Oracle Exadata Database Machine X3, a complete package of servers, storage, networking, and software that is massively scalable, secure, and fully redundant. Oracle Exadata Database Machine X3 systems can store up to hundreds of terabytes of compressed user data in RAM and flash memory, virtually eliminating the performance overhead of reads and writes of slower disk drives. This makes Oracle Exadata Database Machine X3 systems ideally suited for the varied and unpredictable workloads of cloud computing. The latest generation of Oracle Exadata Database Machines also includes a new, entry-level eighth rack configuration.

"Oracle has upped the ante when it comes to extreme performance and scalability with this single solution for cloud-based database deployments today,” says Tim Shetler, vice president, product management.

Hardware Updates
Oracle Exadata X3-2 features the latest hardware technology and provides significantly more computing power, including

  • 33 percent faster database CPU performance
  • 30 percent more memory (75 percent more with optional expansion)
  • 33 percent more data throughput

These hardware updates have also resulted in a 30 percent reduction in power and cooling requirements. "The move from a six-core to eight-core CPU, plus faster chip architecture in the new Xeon SandyBridge chip delivers market-leading performance at lower cost of ownership—including lower entry-level cost and lower power usage," says Shetler.

Four Times More Flash Memory
The latest generation of Oracle Exadata systems features four times the flash memory of previous generations, with up to 40 percent faster response times. Oracle Exadata X3 also features updated Oracle Exadata Smart Flash Cache software that delivers 20 times more capacity for database writes.

Cost-Effective Compatibility
Oracle continues its commitment to delivering systems that save customers time and money by making the new system compatible with existing Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2 and Oracle Exadata Database Machine V2 systems. Oracle Exadata Database Machine V2, Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2, and Oracle Exadata Database Machine X3 components can reside in the same database machine. The new software, including write-back flash cache, will work on previous systems meeting the minimum database version requirement.

Entry Level Eighth Rack Option
Oracle Exadata Database Machine comes in a variety of configurations to meet any application requirement and to enable easy scalability as requirements change. To the full, half, and quarter rack configurations, Oracle adds the new eighth rack option, featuring

  • The same hardware as the quarter rack configuration
  • Full memory capacity
  • Easy, script-based upgradability to quarter rack configuration
  • Low, entry-level pricing

Find out the all latest news about Oracle Exadata Database Machine X3.

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