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Oracle launches new database appliance

Oracle Database Appliance provides packaged offering to run range of databases

Oracle launches new database appliance
The Oracle Database Appliance, housed on a Sun server, is intended to be a packaged offering for a range of uses.

Oracle has launched a new database appliance, that is intended to provide users with a quick, easy to use database solution.

The Oracle Database Appliance, includes Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Real Application Clusters housed on a 2-node Sun Fire server cluster running Oracle Linux.

The ‘engineered' system, which has been integrated for optimum performance, is meant to give customers a high availability database solution, that is compatible with wide range of custom and packaged OLTP and data warehousing solutions, while reducing maintenance, time to deploy and costs.

The system includes proactive system monitoring, one-button software provisioning, full-stack integrated patching, and automatic phone home on hardware failures.

"Companies are spending tens of thousands of dollars and countless hours to buy, build and customize database solutions," said Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president, Oracle. "With the Oracle Database Appliance, customers get the power of the world's leading database in a highly-available system from a single vendor. We've taken the risk out of designing and deploying database infrastructures, which makes it ideal for small and midsize companies or enterprise departments that want higher availability for their application databases."

The systems will be available with a ‘pay-as-you-grow' software licensing model, based on running Oracle Database and related software on 2 up to 24 processor cores. The model will allow customers to only spend on software that they are using, without the need to upgrade hardware, and will make it an easier sell for Oracle resellers.

"Oracle resellers want differentiated solutions that can be sold at volume. By combining a dramatically simpler user experience with pay-as-you-grow pricing, the Oracle Database Appliance plays well in this Oracle reseller sweet spot," said Judson Althoff, senior vice president, Worldwide Alliances & Channels and Embedded Sales, Oracle.

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