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Oracle Launches Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4

In December 2013, Oracle launched the latest generation of Oracle Exadata Database Machine, delivering dramatic increases in both performance (50 to 100 percent) and storage capacity (33 to 100 percent) to support all kinds of workloads—from data warehousing and online transaction processing (OLTP) to database-as-a-service (DBaaS) environments.

Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4 includes all the hardware needed to run a high-performance Oracle Database environment. All the elements, from database servers and storage servers to network devices, are preconfigured, pretuned, and pretested by Oracle experts, speeding deployment by weeks or even months.

All Kinds of Workloads
With Oracle Exadata, organizations do not need to create and manage separate environments for disparate workloads. A single environment can support everything from a petabyte data warehouse to global-scale e-commerce and online financial trading.

"The new system's technology upgrade should deliver significant performance improvements that address the demand to implement database as a service, offering the scalability, control, and availability to support a full range of database workloads," says Carl Olofson, a research vice president at independent analyst IDC.

The latest release supports all kinds of workloads, and includes the following innovations.

  • OLTP. This release includes 4x as much Flash memory, thanks to a combination of larger physical Flash memory capacity and unique ultra high-speed Flash compression. A single-rack Oracle Exadata solution now supports 88 terabytes of user data in Flash. At the same time, random I/O rates have nearly doubled to 2.66 million 8K database reads and 1.96 million writes—even when full Flash compression is enabled.
  • Data warehousing. To accelerate performance, new Flash caching algorithms focus on the kinds of workloads common in data warehouses. To speed throughput, very large tables are automatically cached partially in Flash, then read concurrently from both Flash and disk.
  • DBaaS. By combining extreme performance with extreme capacity, organizations can consolidate hundreds of databases and deliver a true DBaaS solution, all on a single rack. To ensure predictable performance, the latest release has the unique ability to prioritize requests as they flow from database servers, through network adapters and network switches, to storage, and back again. And a new generation of InfiniBand network protocols ensures network-intensive workloads—such as reporting, batch transactions, and backups—do not delay the response times of time-sensitive, interactive workloads.
Total Compatibility
Because Oracle Exadata's enhanced hardware is fully compatible and interoperable with previously released Oracle Exadata Database Machines, customers with existing machines can easily expand into the latest release. The latest release also supports both Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Database 11g Release 2.

"The entire Oracle Database ecosystem, including applications, tools, and DBA knowledgebase, is immediately usable on Oracle Exadata," explains Çetin Özbütün, senior vice president, Data Warehousing and Big Data Technologies, Oracle "Plus, any application that uses Oracle Database today can be seamlessly migrated to use Oracle Exadata Database Machine with no changes to the application."

Find out more about Oracle Exadata Database Machine.
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