Oracle Upgrades X3-2 Big Data Appliance with Sandy Bridge Xeon

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Oracle Upgrades X3-2 Big Data Appliance with Sandy Bridge XeonOracle Upgrades X3-2 Big Data Appliance with Sandy Bridge XeonOracle has begun offering its X3-2 big data appliance with Intel's Xeon E5-2660 Sandy Bridge 8-core processors.

The appliance consists of up to 18 compute and storage servers with 648 TB raw storage and, according to the manufacturer, delivers 33 percent greater performance via its 288 CPU cores (two processors per node), 33 percent more main memory (1.1 TB) and a 30 percent reduction in power and cooling.

Oracle said that it provides the X3-2 with "all the hardware and software required to acquire, organize and analyze big data," including Cloudera’s Distribution including Apache Hadoop 4.1, Cloudera Manager 4, Oracle NoSQL Database Community Edition 2.0, the Oracle Enterprise Manager plug-in, updated distributions of Oracle Linux (version 5.8) and Oracle Java Development Kit, as well as an updated distribution of open source R.

Oracle's Big Data Connectors have been updated "to enable greater SQL access to Hadoop from Oracle Database and to enable more transparent access to Hadoop from R," the company said.

A fully decked out X3-2 system comes as a 42U system with a total installed weight of 2,005 lbs and a maximum power consumption of 10 KW. X3-2 pricing begins at $55,000 for the base system. Configuration prices are $200,000 for an eighth rack, $330,000 for a quarter rack, $625,000 for a half rack and $1.1 million for a full rack.

Wolfgang GruenerWolfgang GruenerWolfgang Gruener is a contributor to Tom's IT Pro. He is currently principal analyst at Ndicio Research, a market analysis firm that focuses on cloud computing and disruptive technologies, and maintains the blog. An 18-year veteran in IT journalism and market research, he previously published TG Daily and was managing editor of Tom's Hardware news, which he grew from a link collection in the early 2000s into one of the most comprehensive and trusted technology news sources.

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