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Oracle Announces New SPARC T3 Systems and Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8 During OpenWorld Keynote

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With just two weeks under his belt as Oracle's new President, Mark Hurd got the Monday morning keynote started by saying he was "thrilled to be part of the team." Hurd said Oracle is committed to investing in innovation, and that the company's recently reported financial results in Q1 give it the capacity to invest in R&D and support. "We will invest to win--invest to be the best."

He then introduced John Fowler, Oracle's executive vice president of hardware product development, who created some context for the day's news by describing how Oracle is working hard to engineer its hardware and software to work together, and what the combination of Sun and Oracle actually means.

"When we control the microprocessor design and specifically put in features for enterprise computing, whether it's scalability, RAS, or security, and we can integrate that with our software and the operating system we can deliver a fundamentally different proposition for mission-critical enterprise computing."

Fowler then announced the world's first 16-core volume server processor, the SPARC T3 processor and the SPARC T3 family of systems. "This is a complete system on a chip for mission-critical enterprise computing. It's designed for volume servers from the entry level through the mid-range in mission-critical enterprise computing." Fowler said these are the fastest systems in the world across a range of technical workloads.

Anchoring these systems is Oracle Solaris, the best mission-critical operating system for scalability, availability, security, and performance. The new SPARC T3 systems coupled with Oracle Solaris have already delivered eight world-record benchmarks.

When Hurd returned to the stage to finish the launch that Larry started, he announced the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8, the latest configuration of Oracle's most successful new product line. The new configuration extends the Oracle Exadata Database Machine product family with a high-capacity system for large OLTP, data warehousing and consolidated workloads and provides 50 percent greater processing capacity.

Fowler thanked Hurd as he left the stage, saying, "Not a bad two weeks on the job."

Not bad indeed.

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