Oracle has announced the latest in its family of Oracle Exadata Database Machines: the Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine, which, with its eighth-rack configuration, is ideal for high-end OLTP, large data warehouses, and database clouds at a low-cost entry point. Oracle Exadata X3-2 Database In-Memory Machine and Oracle Exadata X3-8 Database In-Memory Machine can store up to hundreds of terabytes (TB) of compressed user data in Flash and RAM memory, virtually eliminating the performance overhead of reads and writes to slow disk drives (except for less active data) and making Exadata X3 systems the ideal database platforms for the varied and unpredictable workloads of cloud computing. Significant performance enhancements delivered by Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine systems include four times the Flash memory capacity of the previous generation; with up to 40 percent faster response times and 100 gigabyte GB/second data scan rate; 20 times more capacity for database writes through updated Exadata Smart Flash Cache software; 33 percent more database CPU cores; expanded 10Gb Ethernet connectivity to the data center with 40 10Gb network ports per rack for connecting users and moving data; and up to 30 percent reduction in power and cooling. Oracle Exadata X3-2 Database In-Memory Machine systems are available in a Full-Rack, Half-Rack, Quarter-Rack, and the new low-cost Eighth-Rack configuration to satisfy the widest range of applications.
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