Friday Feb 28, 2014

The Innovation Continues: Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4

Engineered to be the highest performing and most available platform for running Oracle Database, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4-2 is the fifth generation database machine. It features the most advanced architecture, using industry-standard database servers, built-in management, intelligent storage servers, and a high speed InfiniBand network that interconnects servers and storage for faster data access and delivery.

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There are a number of new innovations and enhancements in the latest release, delivering higher consolidation density, lower total cost of ownership and improved performance.

Greater Performance and Capacity

Exadata X4-2’s Compute Power:

Exadata X4 Storage:

· 50% more database cores

· 2X larger physical flash memory

· 2X larger database server local storage

· Up to 4X larger logical flash memory

· 2X faster InfiniBand network

· 2X larger disks

Hardware and Software: Engineered to Work Together

Designed to work together, Oracle Exadata releases have continued to build upon integrated hardware and software advancements, optimizations and performance that make it the best platform to run Oracle Database, consolidate both OLTP and analytic workloads, and deliver database as a service.

Key database optimizations include:

  • More database query offload to storage can offload searches of LOBs
  • Database optimized compression now includes Hybrid Columnar enhancements for transaction processing
  • Database optimized PCI Flash enables ultra high speed flash compression (X4) at multi-million IOs/second, as well as caching for table scans and faster file initialization
  • Database optimized QoS prioritizes CPU and IO use by multitenant pluggable database (12c)
  • Database optimized availability allows for prioritized recovery of critical database files
  • Database optimized messaging prioritization of critical database messages, including log writes and Oracle Real Application Clusters


Organizations are faced with an increasing need to process more and more data, and do it faster while their IT budgets are being squeezed. Examining the total cost of ownership for IT staff – as well as software and hardware – leads to choosing a common high performance, highly available infrastructure for deployments of all applications. By implementing Oracle Exadata into their IT infrastructure, organizations can not only accelerate database performance to accomplish a lot more in the same amount of time, manage scale and growth in incremental steps by consolidating deployments, and deliver mission-critical data protection and availability, and at the same time lower the overall cost of computing.

The choice is simple, make it Oracle.

Lindsey Pickle is Senior Director, Database & Engineered Systems Partner Enablement at Oracle. Monthly guest blogs such as this one are part of The VAR Guy’s annual sponsorship. Read all of Oracle’s guest blogs here.

Thursday Feb 20, 2014

How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along?

Let’s face it; our New Year’s resolutions are long behind us. Hopefully you held on to yours, but if you didn’t, don’t sweat it. And if one of your resolutions is to become an Oracle Specialized partner, then there’s no better time than now to act on it.

The OPN Specialized Program is the most significant evolution of the OPN program in more than a decade. The focus of the new program is on specialization, which you achieve through competency development, business results, expertise and proven success. The program is designed for our most experienced and committed partners to gain a competitive edge by spotlighting their strengths and special skills. For partners who resell and implement Oracle solutions, Specialization allows them to showcase their expertise in over 100+ Specializations within our growing product portfolio.

OPN Specialized partners are recognized by Oracle, and preferred by customers. And it’s simple to become Specialized:

Go to > Join Now
Go to > Knowledge Zones
Select the Knowledge Zone of the solutions area of interest
Go to > Knowledge Zone > Specialize tab
Meet the business and competency criteria.
Apply for specialization once the required criteria are met.
4: TRACK Competency Status
5: Apply Now!

Additional information on enablement criteria, Specialist Exam types and beta exams and vouchers can be found here.

So what are you waiting for? Join the OPN today!

Tuesday Feb 11, 2014

Oracle Partner Business Center – What can it do for you?

A question we often see from partners is, “who do I go to for membership renewal?” We also see questions around which program level is a best fit for my company’s needs and how to go about getting a Company ID.

Well, we have your answer, partners: The Oracle Partner Business Center (PBC). The PBC is comprised of experienced Oracle Partner Business Consultants stationed in seven locations around the globe to provide you with around-the-clock support for your questions and trouble-shooting needs. Consultants support 25 languages and are available here through the following mediums:

Additionally, the PBC offers tiered support by membership level, so you know exactly what you’re getting.

  • Silver: Assistance via inbound calls, emails and service requests;
  • Gold: Proactive engagement from Oracle, including business/administrative support and priority renewal;
  • Platinum: Dedicated virtual account manager and channels to optimize your partnership benefits, including development of joint business plans and top priority renewal;
  • Diamond: High-level engagement with the Partner Business Center and the Oracle Global Alliance Manager provides seamless support for your company.

Get the help you need to develop, deploy and sell Oracle technology. The PBC is always here to help.


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