Thursday, September 25, 2008

Oracle Launches Maiden Hardware Products along with HP - Exadata and Oracle Database Machine


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Oracle Enters Hardware Market for the First Time by Unveiling the HP Oracle Exadata and Database Machine with embedded Oracle Software, jointly Developed by Oracle and HP Together

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was joined by Hewlett -Packard CEO Mark Hurd via video conferencing on Oracle's OpenWorld Conference to jointly launch the Exadata and the Oracle Database Machine, on Wednesday last. 

Oracle and HP had been for many years working together on the problem of handling and balancing multiple software and large data storage hardware efficiently without fall in performance during operation. 

The purpose of this joint collaboration is to address the growing problem of transferring large volumes of data from hard drives to the database storage servers that caused data bandwidth problem. 

This is much akin to familiar problems of vehicular movement that choke roads and highways in our daily life when we commute or transport goods from factories to warehouse and then distribute them to various stores and malls in different parts of the district or within big metropolitan cities. 

As is evident when the volume of data keeps swelling it eventually cause tremendous slowdown in the transfer rate which at times is frustrating and time consuming. According to Ellison at one terabyte the data bandwidth slippages become noticeable. 

With each year as data continues to be stored in greater volumes the problem aggravates resulting to a snails pace when data storage capacity touches 10 terabytes. 

For three long years Oracle along with Hewlett Packard worked closely to deal with the pertinent issue and finally when it was developed they tested its performance with important clients and customers such as Google. 

The Exadata which is a storage server that can be programmed to suit ones requirements has been embedded with specially developed software by oracle that could work in tandem with the company’s databases as well as distribute the load over a Grid system to improve traffic management for better and faster data storage. 

The Exadata storage server with embedded Oracle software is expected to be marketed as part of a grid system that would be capable of handling various query processing and other vital function in greater volume speedily and efficiently. Moreover the system would be capable of searching drives in parallel too. 

The Exadata has been built based on the Proliant Server technology developed by Hewlett Packard, which is also an open platform. 

Oracle has by entering into the hardware market with its own embedded software is going the Apple way to a great extent. 

Just as Apple produces both software such as the iTunes and manufactures specially designed hardware like the iPods to make them tailor made and compatible to each other that matches each other requirements for a common purpose, which is better performance and customer satisfaction as well as win over their loyalty. 

Thus by customizing database software along with specially designed hardware such as the Exadata would go a long way to improve the various data centers of important clients round the globe.  

The Exadata Server would as of now be available with Linux that runs on Intel. Soon many more platforms too would be accommodated to achieve the same purpose of deriving the advantages that Exadata would offer for storage and transfer of data efficiently. 

For those customers who are not keen to configure and switch from their current system for them too Oracle has along with HP has produced the Oracle Database Machine. The former would have a disk storage capacity of 168 terabytes along with 64 Intel Cores.

The following are the salient points:

  • The Exadata Storage Servers has a data storage capacity to as much as 12 terabytes.
  • It has got Infiniband connectivity at the rate of 1 GB/sec of data bandwidth for each storage server. 
  • It has  64 Intel processor cores, and is embedded with the Oracle Enterprise Linux,
  • The grid system is connected by 14 Exadata Storage Servers that together combines to give a whopping 168 terabytes of data storage volume. 
  • Moreover It would also provide 14 GB/sec data bandwidth to each of the database servers.
  • The Database Machine has been pre-configured and are certified to run Oracle’s business intelligence apps and real application clusters. 
  • The Hardware can be ordered directly from Oracle. 
  • On the other hand HP has been entrusted to provide necessary hardware support. 

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