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Highlights of the New Oracle Exadata X6

Linda Tsan
Senior Manager

I'm excited to blog about today’s release of the new Oracle Exadata X6 Database Machine. As Juan Loaiza, Oracle’s SVP of Systems Technology, notes in today's press release, "The new Oracle Exadata X6 delivers flash performance that rivals DRAM performance, and much faster and more reliable OLTP." The same Oracle Exadata technology that powers major financial institutions, telcos, and retailers around the world is also available as a cloud service, too. And this is the seventh generation of the Exadata engineered system, which already is the world’s highest performing system for Oracle Database.  So today, Oracle is enhancing the world’s best, to make it an even better system for Oracle Database.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Memory Level Performance with Shared Flash. Oracle Exadata X6 is the first and only database platform that combines leading-edge 3D V-NAND flash with database intelligence in storage to achieve near DRAM level throughput from shared flash. It achieves over 300 gigabytes per second of data throughput per rack, which is more than 10 times faster than competitors’ all-flash storage arrays. Oracle Exadata X6 enables in-memory performance at one-tenth the cost of pure in-memory platforms.
  • Oracle Exadata Breaks the Petabyte Barrier. The High Capacity variant of Oracle Exadata X6 uses state-of-the-art helium-filled eight terabyte (TB) disks to deliver more than 1.3 petabytes of disk capacity per rack. In addition, integrated intelligent flash caching delivers the performance of flash with the economics of disk capacity. The Extreme Flash (all-flash) variant of Oracle Exadata X6 delivers more than 358 TBs of state-of-the-art NVMe flash per rack. This flash capacity exceeds the maximum capacity of competitors’ all-flash storage arrays available in the market today. Oracle Exadata can scale to more than six petabytes of flash with multiple racks. Oracle Exadata’s industry-best Hybrid Columnar Compression technology is able to increase storage capacity by an average factor of 10X, providing dramatically better price-capacity for large data warehouses and consolidated database workloads.
  • Real-Time, All-the-Time OLTP. Oracle Exadata X6 breaks all barriers to real-time OLTP at any scale. Traditionally, OLTP scaling has been limited by random I/O bottlenecks, but Oracle Exadata X6 achieves over 5.6 million I/O operations per second per rack, easily outperforming competitors’ all-flash storage arrays.
    Another barrier to OLTP performance has been inter-node server coordination. New Oracle Exadata InfiniBand-based algorithms such as the Direct-to-Wire protocol and Smart Fusion Block Transfers increases the speed of OLTP messaging by up to a factor of three. All-the-time OLTP is supported through Oracle Exadata’s unique full-stack integration for instant detection of failures, sub-second redirection of I/O around failing devices, and fast problem resolution. Unique Database In-Memory fault-tolerance adds an additional layer of protection for the most performance-sensitive mixed workloads. Oracle Exadata Database Machines are frequently used for database consolidations and mixed-workload applications. To help eliminate “noisy neighbor” interference with OLTP workloads, Oracle Exadata uniquely prioritizes critical workloads end-to-end from CPU, to network, to storage.

In addition to the Oracle Exadata X6, Oracle is also announcing X6 upgrades for two additional Engineered Systems: Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance and the Oracle SuperCluster M7.

And best thing about this announcement? The new Oracle Exadata delivers extreme performance, capacity and availability, all at no additional cost compared to the previous generation.  That’s right, 2X the performance at no additional cost.  That is a huge benefit to the many thousands of existing customers who will want to upgrade their existing Oracle Exadata systems to the latest generation! Oracle Exadata continues to lead the industry with breakthrough technology that delivers extreme performance and the best price/performance for online transaction processing (OLTP), analytics and consolidated database workloads.

To learn more about the new Oracle Exadata X6,  including some very interesting videos from Juan Loaiza, Oracle’s SVP Systems Technology, go here.



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