Oracle Engineered Systems: Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4

Next to the announcement of Oracle’s Most Powerful Engineered System for Database and Consolidation, Oracle's SuperCluster M6-32, Oracle last week launched the fifth version of Oracle Exadata Database Machine. Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4, introduces new hardware and software to accelerate performance, increase capacity, and improve efficiency and quality of service for database deployments. The new X4 release focuses on Online Transaction Processing (OLTP), Database as a Service (DBaaS), and Data Warehousing and is also designed to help enterprises simplify their biggest database challenge providing in many areas double the performance of previous-generation machines.

The new Oracle's SuperCluster M6-32 offers unprecedented in-memory database and application performance with the highest levels of availability, scalability, reliability of any Engineered System.  Combining Oracle’s Exadata Storage Server technology, SPARC microprocessors, silicon network, highly-secure virtualization, out-of-the-box platform and database-as-a-service-management, the Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 is the best example of Oracle’s Engineered Systems vision thus far.Checkout the webcast delivered on the 4th of December Introducing Oracle’s Most Powerful Engineered System: Oracle SuperCluster M6-32

Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4-2, compared to version X-3, provides Improvements in performance including:

  • 77 percent to 100 percent increase in Database I/Os per second. Up to 2.66 million read IOPs per full rack. Up to 1.96 million write IOPs to flash. Oracle Exadata flash throughput greatly exceeds that of all-flash arrays.
  • 50 percent increase in database compute performance on X4-2 systems using two 12-core Intel® Xeon® Processors E5-2697 v2.
  • Close to 100 percent increase in InfiniBand network throughput and the addition of Network Resource Management to ensure ultra-low response times for latency critical database operations even when there are network intensive reporting, batch, or backup operations running in parallel.
The Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4, also includes great improvements in capacity:
  • 100 percent increase in physical PCI Flash capacity to 44 TB per full rack.
  • Up to another 100 percent increase in logical flash cache capacity to 88 TB per full rack. Unique Exadata Flash Cache Compression transparently compresses database data into flash using hardware acceleration to compress and decompress data with zero performance overhead at millions of I/Os per second. Flash cache compression is effective for both OLTP and DW databases.
  • 100 percent increase in maximum memory capacity on X4-2 to 4 TB per full rack using memory expansion kits enables greater consolidation.
  • 100 percent increase in high performance disk storage capacity to over 200 TB per full rack.
  • 33 percent increase in high capacity disk storage capacity to 672 TB per full rack. Using Oracle Exadata compression technologies, petabytes of user data can be stored per rack.

To find out more you can in fact catch the announcement webcast.

The integrated systems trend is on the rise, just as

  • IDC expected"1/3rd of the market to move to Integrated Systems by 2016" (Ref: IDC Converged /Integrated Systems Survey, September 2012 (N=300) ) while
  • Gartner, suggested that “By 2015, 35 percent of total server shipped value will be as integrated systems.” (Gartner Data Center Conference presentation, “Will Fabric Computing Change the Concept of the Traditional Server?” December 2011.)

Stay tuned for more partner updates on Engineered Systems and the extensive services opportunities needed for deployments. We will soon explore how partner services are delivered with less resources needed to develop solutions across the Oracle stack to run “oracle on oracle”. 

For the past year, Oracle is number 1, with a share of 44.8% in the “Integrated Stack Systems” market share report by GartnerOracle now,  for Calendar 2Q13, has a vendor share of 56.8% in the “Integrated Stack Systems” category and a y/y growth rate of 32.3%. (source: “Data Center Hardware Integrated Systems, 2Q13,” December 12, 2013, Adrian O’Connell).


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