Thursday Feb 12, 2015

Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5: Everything you need to know

There has been a lot of excitement since Larry Ellison’s January announcement of Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5-2. With that excitement comes questions and comments, so we figured it’d be an opportune time to sit down with one of our knowledgeable executives.

Below is an interview with Joel Borellis – Group Vice President of Partner Enablement at Oracle. We asked Joel a few questions surrounding the launch, and here is what he had to say.

Q. Oracle recently launched their new Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5 solution. Tell us a little bit more about that?
A. The 6th generation of Exadata, Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5-2, remains the best platform to run Oracle Database workloads. There are many new features in this latest release designed to meet the needs of customers. For example, elastic configurations deliver a system specifically optimized for any database workloads. Also, On Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5-2, the Oracle Database Machine can take advantage of optimized all-flash performance for any transactions and queries using the Extreme Flash all-flash storage option. Oracle VM support provides isolation for consolidated workloads that need hard limits on CPU/memory or independent admin/OS.

Q. How can Oracle partners benefit from Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5?  
A. Any application that uses Oracle Database Machine today can be seamlessly migrated to use the Oracle Exadata Database Machine with no changes to the application. The elastic configurations provide partners with a flexible and efficient mechanism to expand computing power and/or storage capacity of any given Oracle Exadata Database Machine system. Partners can offer their customers with a system custom configured to meet any business use case.  

Q. What OPN opportunities are available to partners around Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5 or Oracle’s Engineered Systems?

A. We encourage partners to take advantage of our enablement programs around Oracle Exadata Database Machine and the rest of our engineered systems. Partners should visit the Knowledge Zone for Oracle Exadata Database Machine to take advantage of selling tools for Oracle Exadata Database Machine, access training materials and much more!

Q. How can our partners engage with Oracle around our Engineered Systems?

A. We offer a wealth of information on all of our Engineered Systems for our partners. Start by visiting and visit the Engineered Systems Knowledge Zone.

Thanks for reading this installment of our quarterly Partner Executive Spotlight series. Stay tuned for our Q4 post!

Oracle PartnerNetwork

Monday Sep 29, 2014

OPN Central @ OpenWorld: Day One Recap

Good morning, folks! Day one of OPN Central @ OpenWorld is behind us and we’re already on to number two. From yesterday’s OPN keynote to the Product Executive Update to the OPN AfterDark Reception, we had an exhilarating, marathon of a day. In case any of you missed it, here’s a quick look at some highlights from Sunday.

  • During the OPN Keynote, SVP Rich Geraffo hosted CEOs Mark Hurd & Safra Catz, as well as Oracle Team USA aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker! Rich also spoke with a panel of A&C leaders around Oracle’s cloud strategy, cloud program, Oracle on Oracle and OPN Program and Enablement program. We also witnessed the unveiling of OPN Cloud Connection – a new community where partners can engage and explore the Oracle Cloud on an entirely new level.
  • The OPN Product Executive Update featured EVPs Thomas Kurian & John Fowler, who took a deep dive into Oracle Database 12c In-Memory, SaaS, IaaS, PaaS and Oracle’s overall cloud strategy. Fowler ended the session by reaffirming Oracle’s commitment to sustaining hardware investments is crucial to its platform strategy.
  • We heard from partner Renee James of Intel during the OpenWorld Welcome keynote. As you’ve probably seen all over Twitter, Renee made the statement that half of enterprises will operate in public/private hybrid cloud modes, and that the cost point of private clouds is growing competitive with public clouds. Larry then took the stage, conveying his main message about the cloud, the major upgrades to Oracle’s cloud platform in 2014 and that the effort stems from a culmination of a mission that started 30 years ago.
  • We concluded Sunday with the OPN AfterDark Reception in the Metreon. It was a beautiful night in San Francisco and people were able to enjoy the terrace overlooking Oracle Plaza. Maybe it was the weather, maybe not, but we had our biggest turnout ever – nearly 1,500 people in attendance! Sean D. Tucker was a big part of the event; the aerobatic pilot signed about 250 Team Oracle caps for folks. We also had a live drawing for a chance to win a free flight with Sean D. Tucker this week. Congratulations again to our winner Pablo of Avnet Inc. – we hope you have a blast on Wednesday!