As the end of 2013 nears, Oracle is updating its Exa-class engineered server systems portfolio with new Exadata database and Exalogic systems.
The new Exadata Database Machine X4 is Oracle's fifth-generation Exadata system. The Exadata system first debuted back in 2008 and has been updated multiple times since. The Exadata X3 system was announced back in October of 2012.
"The Oracle Exadata Database Machine is the best platform on which to run the Oracle Database, and the X4 release extends that value proposition," said Oracle President Mark Hurd in a statement.
Among the key enhancements in the new Exadata X4 system is a large increase in data storage. According to Oracle, a single-rack Exadata X4 system can now support up to 88 TB of user data in Flash storage when compressed. The physical flash capacity on the X4 now stands at 44 TB for a full Exadata X4 rack.
Getting access to all that data has been accelerated as well. The data throughput on an X4 rack is now 100 GB/sec. Oracle claims that random I/O rates on Exadata X4 now stand at 2.66 million 8K database reads and 1.96 million writes.
At the heart of the Exadata X4 system are a pair of 12-core Intel Xeon Processors E5-2697 v2, which deliver a 50 percent increase in database compute performance.
Exalogic Elastic Cloud X4-2
Oracle is also updating its Exalogic systems, which first debuted back in September 2010.
As is the case with the Exadata X4 systems, the new Exalogic X4 systems are powered by 12-core Intel Xeon Processor E5-2697 v2 processors, which provide a significant improvement over the previous generation of Exadata systems.
"Our Intel Xeon Processor E5 v2 Product Family has set a new standard for high-end computing applications with performance enhancements, new security features and increased energy efficiency," Tom Garrison, general manager of Intel’s Data Center Engineering Group, said in a statement.
"With Oracle Exalogic x4-2, powered by the Intel Xeon Processor E5 v2 Product Family," Garrison continued, "customers will be able to run more virtual machines and consolidate more applications in both conventional and private cloud scenarios."