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August 22, 2011
Sometime on August 23, Oracle senior executives will update the company’s desktop-to-datacenter vision, including some virtualization enhancements. I wonder: Will Oracle’s Exadata and Exalogic solutions be part of the announcement?
No doubt, Oracle is starting to aggressively position its Exadata and Exalogic platforms for hosting providers and cloud services providers. Oracle Senior VP Judson Althoff claims Oracle now offers the most optimized, fastest performance and best total cost of ownership solution for building public and private clouds. In a Talkin’ Cloud FastChat, Althoff offers some key overviews for channel partners.
But what exactly are Exadata and Exalogic? In an SEC filing Oracle describes the solutions like this:
Oracle Exadata is a family of integrated software and hardware products that combines our database, storage and operating system software with our server, storage and networking hardware to provide customers with improved performance for database applications, including online transaction processing and data warehousing, among others… Oracle Exadata is designed to enable customers to consolidate databases, manage a greater volume of data, dramatically improve query response times and further reduce costs by using fewer IT resources.
Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is an engineered system that combines Oracle Fusion Middleware software with our hardware to more effectively run Java and non-Java applications and provide customers with an applications platform for cloud computing. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud improves the performance of applications that run on it and enables customers to consolidate multiple applications onto a single system designed to be scalable, reliable and secure. As an integrated system, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud simplifies routine maintenance, such as software patching, by providing a single solution that covers the entire system.
Back in June, when Oracle announced Q4 earnings, the company offered some clues about Exalogic and Exadata sales. “In addition to record setting software sales, our Exadata and Exalogic systems also made a strong contribution to our growth in Q4,” said Oracle President, Mark Hurd, at the time. “Today there are more than 1,000 Exadata machines installed worldwide. Our goal is to triple that number in FY12.”
Those are big goals. Clearly, Althoff sees hosting providers and cloud services providers as an ideal target for Exadata and Exalogic solutions. But will cloud services providers and hosting providers embrace Oracle’s messaging? We’ll be listening for feedback, and also tracking Oracle’s desktop-to-datacenter vision on Aug. 23.
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