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Oracle Brings Bare Metal Exadata Performance to the Cloud

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted August 15, 2017


Oracle first debuted its Exadata engineered systems in 2008 with the promise of providing the fastest and most powerful hardware possible to run the Oracle database. Oracle is now extending the power of its latest generation of Exadata engineered systems to Oracle Cloud users.

The promise of using a bare-metal Exadata system is improved performance over simply using generic shared virtualized compute infrastructure.Exadata SL6

"Oracle’s next-generation cloud infrastructure is optimized for enterprise workloads and now supports Oracle Exadata, the most powerful database platform," Kash Iftikhar, vice president of product management at Oracle, said in a statement.

Oracle first launched its Bare Metal Cloud Services (BMC) in November 2016, providing its cloud users with access to bare metal systems. Oracle has largely based its cloud on the open-source OpenStack platform, which includes the Ironic Bare Metal project as one of its components.

From a scalability perspective, the Exadata Cloud Service can scale up to 336 compute cores, with total storage capacity over 1 petabyte. Oracle is including the Oracle Database Edition Extreme Performance as part of the Exadata Cloud Machines deployment service.

All That Power Comes at a Cost

Oracle's Exadata Cloud Service price list for non-metered services currently starts at a list price of $55,000 a month. For that price, organizations get the Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service with a quarter-rack bare-metal Exadata X6 system.

At the opposite end of the pricing spectrum in the metered Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service is a full rack, which has a list price of $440,000 a month and includes up to 1.152 terabytes of raw storage.

"With the power of Oracle Exadata, customers using our infrastructure are able to bring applications to the cloud never previously possible, without the cost of re-architecture, and achieve incredible performance throughout the stack," Iftikhar said.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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