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Nancy Swanson
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Today's guest post is by Tammy Bednar Director of Product Management for the Oracle Database Appliance.

If you’re an Oracle Database customer, you’re probably already familiar with the Oracle Database Appliance. Today, I’m excited to be talking about the newest members of the Oracle Database Appliance family.

We’ve added two models with an extremely affordable price tag, and that are architected with NVM Express (NVMe) flash storage for super-fast performance. Below, you’ll find the newly announced Oracle Database Appliance X6-2S and X6-2M configurations.

Oracle Database Appliance X6-2S and X6-2M integrate networking, compute, memory, and storage in a single-node platform. However, the NVMe flash storage is a new addition. NVMe is the latest standard for PCI Express (PCIe) solid-state drives (SSDs). In the Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle’s server design connects the disk backplane to an internal PCIe switch that bypasses the SAS controller for NVMe flash storage, eliminating all overhead. What’s so special about the NVMe flash storage you ask? Let me explain.

  • Workloads can achieve 5x the input/output operations per second (IOPS) over a similar system configured with conventional SAS.
  • NVMe has extremely low latency of hundreds of micro seconds.
  • NVMe flash storage is highly reliable because there are no moving parts.

The Oracle Database Appliance may look small in its compact 1U form factor, but it is engineered to support OLTP, DSS, and in-memory database workloads. Below are a few popular use cases for the Oracle Database Appliance.

  • Database consolidation platform: Hosting multiple databases on a single appliance can lead to significant operational efficiencies in terms of backups, system patching, and upgrades.
  • Remote branch-office deployments: Configuring an entire solution and quickly deploying it in a remote location can reduce or possibly eliminate the cost of on-site administrators.
  • Rapid provisioning of test and development environments: Deploying a database in hours instead of days can reduce operational expenses by cutting the time it takes to provision test and development environments. It can also accelerate revenue by helping to bring new software features and capabilities to market faster.

With an entry list price for the X6-2S at about a fourth of the cost of the prior-generation Oracle Database Appliance, and the capability to deploy in as few as 30 minutes, these new models bring the performance and resource benefits of Oracle engineered systems to within reach of every organization

To learn more about the newest members of the Oracle Database Appliance on our website and, visit oracle.com/oda. For more technical information, visit the oracle.com/technetwork/database/database-appliance/overview/index.html.

Tammy has worked in the computer industry for more than 30 years. She started out coding applications in ADA and decided a change was needed. Oracle hired her in the Database Support Organization 20 years ago and she has been involved with database releases since version 6.0.36. Tammy started her product management career on the database High Availability team with Recovery Manager (RMAN), database backup and recovery,  and Database Security development team, focusing on auditing, Oracle Audit Vault and Oracle Database Firewall and now focuses on the Oracle Database Appliance.


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  • Ipan Saturday, November 12, 2016
    I can't wait for try it
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