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Oracle unveils first Sun database appliance

Oracle shows off first database machine built on Sun hardware despite Sun purchase not being complete

Oracle unveils first Sun database appliance
Ellison claims that Exadata V2 can run virtually all database applications faster and cheaper than any other computer in the world

Oracle has been showing off a new database machine based on Oracle software and Sun Microsystems hardware.

The new Exadata Database Machine Version 2 is the first Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) database hardware to use solid state drives, with Sun's FlashFire memory cards and Oracle's 11g Release 2, that the company says is the world's first flash-enabled database application.

The database machine is also the first combined hardware and software offering from Oracle since the software giant announced it would buy Sun in April, and comes before the deal has full regulatory approval.

The Exadata Database Machine Version 2 was launched at a dedicated event yesterday by Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, and Sun Executive Vice President John Fowler.

Oracle says that the hardware is twice as fast as the first generation, HP-based, Exadata Database Machine, and that the improved performance and scalability of flash storage makes it suitable for both data warehousing and OLTP. For database performance, Oracle says that Oracle database users can store ten times the data and search ten times faster without making changes to applications.

Exadata Version 2 is available immediately, in four configurations: full rack, half-rack, quarter-rack and a basic system.

"Exadata Version 1 was the world's fastest machine for data warehousing applications," said Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO. "Exadata Version 2 is twice as fast as Exadata V1 for data warehousing, and it's the only database machine that runs OLTP applications. Exadata V2 runs virtually all database applications much faster and less expensively than any other computer in the world."

The announcement also marks the end of Oracle and HP's hardware alliance. Ellison had launched Exadata Version 1, a dedicated database appliance based on HP hardware at a high profile launch event in September last year. Oracle now says it will sell out remaining stock of version 1 to customers that request that version.

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