Oracle and Sun Microsystems Launched Oracle Exadata, First OLTP Database Machine

By Dipankar Das, Gaea News Network
Monday, October 12, 2009

data-warehousing23 Sun Microsystems and Oracle recently released Exadata V2 which is a combination of technologies from both of the companies. Essentially, the new database machine is a complete package of software, servers, storage and networking for all data management, including data warehousing, transaction processing and consolidated mixed application workloads  Software and it was mooted by Larry Elison, CEO of Oracle. The company also claims that the new machine  is 10 times to 50 times faster than the other data warehousing machine. While the servers perform heavy computing tasks, the company can store and retrieve information by using the database software.

The core of the machine is Oracle Exadata Storage Servers. The storage software offloads data-intensive query processing from Oracle Database 11g servers and brings it closer to the data. So, in other word it takes away some load from the database server.  The machines comes in four different configurations : Full rack (8 database servers and 14 Oracle Exadata storage servers), half-rack (4 database servers and 7 storage servers), quarter-rack (2 database servers and 3 storage servers), and a basic system (1 database server and 1 storage server).

The Exadata Database Machine Version 2 features FlashFire technology from Sun, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Exadata Storage Server Software Release 11.2. The other feature includes an Exadata Smart Flash Cache based on Sun FlashFire technology to provide  extreme performance for online transaction processing (OLTP).

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