Oracle Unveils New Exadata Database Machines
October 1, 2012

Ellison Opens Oracle Open World Conference With New Box

Michael Harper for — Your Universe Online

During the opening of Oracle´s Open World conference last night, Larry Ellison introduced a new version of their Exadata database machine, completely packed with memory, as well as a glimpse into Oracle´s database version 12c. It had been widely rumored that Ellison would unveil both of these products during the company´s conference.

The new Exadata machine, called the Exadata X3, comes loaded with 26 total Terabytes of memory, split between 4TB of DRAM and 22TB of flash cache. All mounted in one rack, this Exadata X3 allows users to run all of their databases in-memory, meaning faster performance all around.

"If you thought the old Exadatas were fast, you ain't seen nothing yet," bragged Ellison as he opened up the conference.

"This is the hardware version of the Oracle cloud. Everything is in memory. All of your databases are in-memory. You virtually never use your disk drives. Disk drives are becoming passé. They're good at storing images and a lot of data we don't access very often."

These new X3 machines can also write data to memory faster than previous generations. According to Ellison, the Exadata X3 writes up to 20 times faster than the previous X2 machine, all while using 10 to 30 percent less power.

In addition to offering “blazing fast” performance to the customer, these new Exadata X3 machines can also store data more efficiently, compressing the data down by 10. Now, more data can be stored on these fast machines, saving the customer extra storage costs.

"The reason we're making these things faster is to improve not just their peak performance but their cost performance," said Ellison.

"You can save a lot of money. You will save so much money in storage because of our compression."

While offering mind-melting speed with power sipping efficiency and smart data compression in one package seems like a great offering for businesses the world over, Ellison also wants to provide a cloud for these machines to work within. This move places Oracle in all three tiers of cloud services, Software-as-a-service, Platform-as-a-service and now, Infrastructure-as-a-service.

"We're adding a new line of business, cloud computing, to our traditional business of selling software and selling hardware... and we're going to sell it on the fastest computers in the world," said Ellison.

"The infrastructure that we're offering isn't conventional infrastructure."

"What we're offering is our OS, our VM, compute services and storage services on the fastest, most reliable machines in the world – on our engineered systems – all networked together with a modern Infiniband network."

Oracle plans to build their cloud on the shoulders of these new Exadata X3 machines, giving customers the chance to run their own private clouds on the same infrastructure and machines as Oracle´s public cloud. According to Ellison, the similarities between the two will make it easy to port applications from one cloud to another.

Oracle´s Exadata machines come in full, half and quarter rack configurations, depending on the needs of the customer. This new Exadata X3 comes in an even smaller size as Oracle attempts to bring in even more customers, offering 16 database cores, 54TB Disk and 2.4 Terabytes of PCI Flash, all for only $200,000.