Oracle announces new Exadata X3

Fourth Generation Exadata X3 Systems are designed for high-end OLTP, large data warehouses, and database clouds

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Oracle announces new Exadata X3 Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has announced the release of the next generation Exadata X3.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  October 3, 2012

Oracle CEO, Larry Ellison has announced the release of the Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine, which is the latest generation of its Oracle Exadata Database Machines and a key component of the Oracle Cloud.

"Forward-looking enterprises are moving towards Cloud Computing architectures," said Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president, Oracle Database Server Technologies. "Oracle Exadata's unique ability to run any database application on a fully scale-out architecture using a combination of massive memory for extreme performance and low-cost disk for high capacity delivers the ideal solution for Cloud-based database deployments today."

Oracle Exadata X3-2 Database In-Memory Machine and Oracle Exadata X3-8 Database In-Memory Machine are designed to be able to store hundreds of Terabytes of compressed user data in Flash and RAM memory, virtually eliminating the performance overhead of reads and writes to slow disk drives. This is designed to make Exadata X3 systems the ideal database platforms for the varied and unpredictable workloads of cloud computing.

The Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine implements a mass memory hierarchy that is designed to automatically move all active data into Flash and RAM memory, while keeping less active data on low-cost disks.

The Database In-Memory Machines use a combination of scale-out servers and storage, InfiniBand networking, smart storage, PCI Flash, smart memory caching, and Hybrid Columnar Compression to deliver extreme performance and availability for all Oracle Database Workloads.

With a new Eighth-Rack configuration, the Oracle Exadata X3-2 Database In-Memory Machine delivers a cost-effective entry point for smaller workloads, testing, development and disaster recovery systems, and is a fully redundant system that can be used with mission critical applications.

The system has four times the Flash memory capacity of the previous generation; with up to 40% faster response times and 100 GB/second data scan rates. Combined with Exadata's Hybrid Columnar Compression capabilities, hundreds of Terabytes of user data can now be managed entirely within Flash. 

It also has 20 times more capacity for database writes through updated Exadata Smart Flash Cache software. The new Exadata Smart Flash Cache software also runs on previous generation Exadata systems, increasing their capacity for writes tenfold, and it has 33% more database CPU cores in the Oracle Exadata X3-2 Database In-Memory Machine, using the latest 8-core Intel Xeon E5-2600 series of processors.

The system also has expanded 10Gb Ethernet connectivity to the data centre in the Oracle Exadata X3-2 provides 40 10Gb network ports per rack for connecting users and moving data and up to 30% reduction in power and cooling.

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