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Software giant Oracle expands into hardware

Teams up with Hewlett-Packard to sell an extreme performance data warehousing system

Oracle is stepping into the hardware business by teaming up with Hewlett-Packard to sell the HP Oracle Database Machine, an extreme performance data warehousing system.

In his keynote address at the 2008 Oracle OpenWorld conference, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison called the machine “the fastest database in the world”. Nearly the size of a refrigerator, it took teams from both companies three years to develop.

Tests undertaken by the company showed that the machine, which can store up to 168 terabytes and costs $650,000, offered ten times the performance when compared to existing Oracle data warehouses.

The company has not yet responded to itp.net queries on how much it will cost in the Middle East and when it's expected to be made available locally.

Companies use data warehousing devices to store and analyze data from customers and transactions.

The HP Oracle Database Machine consists of a grid of Oracle Database Servers and a grid of new Oracle Exadata Storage Servers packaged in a single rack and ordered as a complete system from Oracle.

HP Oracle Exadata Storage Server, featuring two Intel processors and up to 12 TB of raw storage, can be ordered separately by companies that already have an existing data warehouse.

"Oracle wants to double sales in five years and they can't do that with software alone, so they are going into the hardware business," said Donald Feinberg, an analyst with research firm Gartner Inc. "This is the first major software company to make a plunge into the hardware business."

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