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Oracle Updates Exadata X7 Engineered Server System

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted October 3, 2017


Oracle announced its most powerful Exadata engineered server system on Oct. 2 as the company kicked off its annual OpenWorld conference.

The new Exadata X7 is purpose-built for database workloads and builds on nearly a decade of innovation that Oracle has delivered in its engineered systems platforms. The first Exadata system debuted back in 2008, andOracle Exadata X7 the systems have steadily evolved ever since.

The new Exadata X7 can scale up to 912 CPU cores and 28.5 TB of memory in a single standard rack. Raw disk capacity in the Exadata X7 can now scale up to 2.1 PB, which additionally benefits from Oracle's Hybrid Columnar Compression technology that promises up to 15x compression of data.

The Exadata X7 can also make use of up to 720 TB of NVMe storage, providing the fastest possible form of disk storage available today.

On the networking side, the X7 has 40 Gbps InfiniBand network links providing high-bandwidth and low-latency. The system also includes some Ethernet connectivity as well, which now benefits from the new 25 Gbps standard, improving on the 10 Gbps links that were available on prior iterations of the Exadata system.

Looking beyond just the hardware, Oracle has also improved the Exadata software stack to enable improved in-memory database capabilities. The X7 can now use DRAM as a cache in storage, providing access speed improvements.

"Exadata continues to innovate faster than any other database or storage platform," Juan Loaiza, senior vice president of systems technology at Oracle, stated. "Exadata is the only database platform to have on-premises, public cloud and Cloud at Customer deployment options.”

Cloud Innovations

Exadata has been available as a bare-metal cloud option for Oracle customers since August 2017. Oracle is also building out multiple services that make use of the powerful capabilities that its Exa-class systems provide in the cloud.

At OpenWorld Oracle announced the new Container Native Application Development Platform to help developers deploy containers in the cloud. The new Oracle Blockchain Cloud service was also announced, and it provides a way for organizations to benefit from a distributed ledger system.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has landed on Oracle's cloud as well via a new service that enables organizations to build and deploy deep-learning applications.

"No matter where customers are in their cloud journey, Oracle plans to continue to offer the most comprehensive, open, and integrated platform to quickly and securely develop and deploy business-critical applications," Amit Zavery, senior vice president, product development for Oracle Cloud Platform, stated.

"With the latest Oracle Cloud Platform enhancements and new cloud services, we continue to offer our customers unparalleled choice and the best technology to help them deliver new innovations, embrace disruptive emerging technologies, and out perform the competition."

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

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