OOW Day 1 highlights: Systems announcements



With over 40000 attendees, 1800 OpenWorld and 700 JavaOne and Developer sessions, Oracle OpenWorld + JavaOne + Develop is off with a bang! The enormity of the event is fairly mind boggling and you have to experience it to appreciate it! Here I will focus on things closer to my division, especially HW systems and OS events...

There were plenty of new systems related announcements, some of them are:
  • Biggest bang of the conference has been the Big Announcement on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
    • 96 cores in smallest config (Quarter Rack) to 360 cores in a full Rack
    • 2 to 8 Racks in a configuration, tied together using Inifiniband
    • 768 GB to 2.8 TB RAM
    • 40TB Disk Storage
    • Stack includes OEL, Solaris, Elastic Cloud SW, JRockit/HotSpot, WebLogic Server, Coherence
    • All of this with Enterprise Management SW
  • Introduction of Oracle Exadata Database machine X2-8
    • 2 CPUs, 8 chips/64cores per system, 2TB RAM
    • 14 Exadata Storage servers with 168 cores and 336 TB of storage capacity and 5TB of Smart Flash cache for performance
    • 40Gb Infiniband based internal connectivity and 10Gb external connectivity
    • Choice of Solaris 11 or OEL
    • Best for OLTP, Best for Warehousing, Best for Consolidation, Ready to Run Complete Systems
  • Unveiled new Processor: UltraSPARC T3 followup to T2+
  • Outlines Solaris 11 Preview
    • Over 2700 projects and 400 new inventions
    • More than 1000 SPARC and x86 hardware systems tested and certified
    • Powering the Oracle Exadata and Exalogic Elastic Cloud systems
    • Improved I/O support , scales to 1000s of threads
    • Improved maintainability with a new administrative model introduced in OpenSolaris
    • Integrated full Oracle stack tested together
  • New Sun Ray models introduced. See the description for SunRay 3i here and for SunRay3 here . Additionally, using the Sun Ray Software , literally thousands of Sun Ray devices can be managed from a single, centralized environment.
  • Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Linux Kernel for improved performance, reliability, scalability characteristics while maintaining full compat with RHEL
Other than this, I wondered around OOW, JavaOne and Develop locations (including an Unconference in a nearby hotel) and tried to absorb as much as I could. It is really overwhelming. The first day was fun, lets see how the others turn out to be (they will be hectic, for sure).

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