Oracle launches Exadata storage expansion racks

Summary:Oracle rolled out an Exadata storage expansion pack to add a plug-and-play rack to ride shotgun with its database machine.

Oracle on Tuesday rolled out an Exadata storage expansion pack to add a plug-and-play rack to ride shotgun with its database machine.

The general idea behind the Oracle Exadata Storage Expansion Rack is to offer customers who have invested in the early Exadata machines in the first and second versions an option to handle overflow and archive data such as Weblogs, images and backups.

According to Oracle, the storage expansion rack comes in 96 terabyte to 3 petabyte configurations. The racks, which come in full, half and quarter sizes, are connected to the Exadata Database Machine using included InfiniBand switches.

Tim Shetler, vice president of Exadata product management at Oracle, said that the storage systems are designed for customers that are running out of storage and focused on "data that's less frequently used."

Among the key details:

  • The system includes Flash PCI Card Capacity of 1.5 TB to 47 TB.
  • Intel Xeon CPU processors in the storage servers range from 48 cores to 1,500.
  • Oracle storage rack includes Exadata software such as Hybrid Columnar compression, Smart Scan and applications to offload for data mining and backup acceleration.
  • The full rack with 18 Oracle Exadata Storage Servers with up to 6.75 TB of smart flash cache, 432 TB of raw disk storage and 216 CPU cores, will run you $750,000 a box.
  • A half rack with 9 Exadata Storage Servers has 3.4 TB of smart flash cache, 216 TB of raw disk storage and 108 CPUs will run you $425,000.
  • A quarter rack system has 1.5 TB of flash cache, 96 TB of disk storage and 48 CPU cores costs $225,000.

Shetler said the pricing for the Exadata storage rack is priced at roughly $2,000 per terabyte. There is some software licensing involved with Oracle's storage server.


Topics: Oracle, CXO, Hardware, Storage


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