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Oracle Puts A Cloud In A Single Rack: Elastic Cloud X4-2

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Oracle has announced the availability of the Exalogic Elastic Cloud X4-2. This is the latest release in the line of Oracle Exalogic Engineered Systems that integrates compute networking and storage hardware with operating system virtualization and management applications in a single consolidated rack unit.

Image courtesy of OracleImage courtesy of OracleThe release is targeted at enterprises looking for further data center consolidation and management efficiencies. "The latest release of Oracle Exalogic provides IT organizations with a sensible path for virtualization of their production workloads that can dramatically simplify their infrastructure and reduce their costs," says Thomas Kurian, executive vice president at Oracle.

The Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X4-2 allows for improved throughput and near native response times for virtualized applications. It offers improved computing capabilities with up 720 processor cores in one rack, and up to 7.5 TB of memory and 24 TB of flash memory. The subsystems communicate over the Exabus, a communication fabric connecting the PCIe-based system bus within each of the major sub components. Oracle Exabus is based on quad data rate (QDR) InfiniBand.

A new version of the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud software was also announced. This platform allows for the combination of different application architectures, such as bare metal, virtualized, and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) within a single Exalogic unit.

The software also includes Oracle VM Templates that allow for deploying fully configured software stacks using pre-installed and pre-configured software images. Oracle VM Templates are available for Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Database, Fusion Middleware, E-Business Suite and other applications.

The Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder allows system administrators to capture configuration information and software components and package them into a single virtual image.

The Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X4-2 is available with either Oracle Solaris or Oracle Linux operating systems.

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James Sullivan is a freelance technology writer whose concentrations include cloud computing and video game development. He is based in Portland, Oregon.

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