Oracle marked a further advance on the technology underlying its Exadata solution with the
debut of the Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine, which is available in a Full-Rack, Half-Rack, Quarter-Rack, and the new low-cost Eighth-Rack configuration.
According to Oracle's press release, the Exadata X3-2 Database In-Memory Machine and the 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 and providing the ideal database platforms for the unpredictably varied workloads of cloud computing. The Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine achieves this capability by implementing a mass memory hierarchy that automatically moves all active data into Flash and RAM memory, while keeping less active data on low-cost disks.
A further benefit to users lies in the new Eighth-Rack configuration, which enables users of the Oracle Exadata X3-2 Database In-Memory Machine to realize a cost-effective entry point for smaller workloads, testing, development and disaster recovery systems, with a fully redundant system that can be used with mission critical applications.
Oracle points out that the Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine systems can be used immediately with any application certified with Oracle Database 11g R2 and Oracle Real Application Clusters, including SAP, Oracle Fusion Applications, Oracles PeopleSoft, Oracles Siebel CRM, the Oracle E-Business Suite, and thousands of other applications.
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