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Oracle reveals private cloud machine

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud offers 'one big honking cloud' says Ellison

Oracle reveals private cloud machine
The Exalogic Elastic Cloud machine provides a cloud in a box, Ellison says.

Oracle has unveiled its play in private cloud computing systems, with the launch of the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud machine.

The Exalogic Elastic Cloud machine has been designed to offer companies a complete cloud application infrastructure, to run applications within the corporate firewall. Speaking at Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison described the machine as "one big honking cloud".

The Exalogic Elastic Cloud is an integrated hardware and software system, designed to run Java and non-Java applications at what Oracle says are extreme performance levels. One machine comprises 30 servers, each loaded with two six-core 64-bit, x86processors for a total of 360 processor cores, interconnected with Infiniband I/O connections, and running solid state storage devices. The system will support both Solaris and Linux guest operating systems, and will ship with all the middleware required to run applications.

Ellison said that two machines together could host the whole of Facebook locally.

"Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is a complete system of servers, network, storage, VM, operating system and middleware, all engineered to work together," said Ellison. "This delivers stunning results, including the fastest Java performance, elastic capacity on demand and a completely fault tolerant system."

The system has been designed for large scale, mission critical deployments, and builds on the success of Oracle's earlier appliance, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine. The system is tightly integrated, and optimized for leading Oracle applications, to deliver performance results ten times better than a standard application server configuration. In Oracle's own tests, one rack of Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud demonstrated a twelve fold improvement for Internet applications, to handle over one million HTTP requests per second, and a four and a half times improvement for Java messaging applications, to over 1.8 million messages per second.

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