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  • December 22, 2019

2019: A Year in Review for the Exadata Family

Back in 2018, we celebrated a major milestone, the 10th Anniversary of Exadata. As 2019 comes to an end, I thought it would be timely to have a quick look back to see what the Exadata Family has been up to in its 11th year.

This year we celebrated another major undertaking, the release of two Exadata models in the same year. An amazing achievement! But I'm getting ahead of myself, let's start at the beginning.

In February, Exadata became the first platform to welcome Oracle Database 19c, the much anticipated long term support version of the Oracle Database. Along with the supporting Exadata 19.1 software, version 19 enabled many new database and platform features, including some Exadata-only Machine Learning features such as Automatic Indexing and Real Time Statistics.

Then, in March, Exadata X8 was launched, ushering in the latest Intel Cascade Lake CPUs, 14TB drives and a new, "Extended" Storage Server, enabling you to store historic and regulatory data without needing to offload data outside the database. A solid step forward in hardware performance, and in step with Exadata 19.2, continued driving innovation across Analytics, OLTP and Consolidation workloads, along with management and automation. And throughout the year, monthly software releases continued to ensure critical and security fixes were applied in line with Oracle’s longstanding commitment to security.

Just a short 6 months after the launch of X8, at Oracle Openworld San Francisco in September, Larry Ellison announced Exadata X8M, and the game changed again . After many years in close collaboration with Intel, the Exadata X8M is the epitome of why so many customers trust and rely on Oracle for their database needs. Rather than accept the norm, Exadata Engineering spent the time working with Intel to investigate, research and develop the best architecture to take advantage of this leading edge technology. The resulting combination of Persistent Memory, RDMA over Converged Ethernet network fabric, and Exadata 19.3 software saw a dramatic increase in real world database performance.

Other members of the Exadata family had significant milestones during 2019 as well:

Another announcement from Larry during #OOW19 included Oracle Generation 2 Exadata Cloud at Customer, which now leverages the same powerful and sophisticated control plane as the Oracle Public Cloud. This continues the push towards a simplified, agile, and elastic Oracle Cloud, with the power of Oracle Exadata hardware, managed by Oracle in your data center.

Recovery Appliance also had a busy year, releasing ZDLRA X8 and ZDLRA X8M in step with its cousin Exadata, continuing the critical partnership that ensures the Oracle Database is safe and secure.

2020 will see additional features, enhancements and innovations for the Exadata family of products, including more big news for Exadata Cloud at Customer, Exadata Cloud Service, Autonomous Database, and of course Exadata's flagship on-prem hardware, the Exadata Database Machine.

A big thank you to our Support, Services, Operations, Field, Marketing, Sales, and Engineering teams. A special thank you to our partners, and especially you, our customers, for a great and productive 2019. 

As we move into the new decade, and face new challenges and new technologies, we look forward to working and collaborating with you.

Have a happy and safe holiday season. All the best for the new year. 

See you in 2020.


Happy Holidays!

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