Oracle launches SPARC-based Exalogic, updates Solaris

Oracle launches SPARC-based Exalogic, updates Solaris

Summary: Oracle today delivered on its commitment to the SPARC platform, announcing a SPARC Solaris-based model of its Exalogic Elastic cloud system, the so-called cloud-in-the-box system that was announced earlier this year at Oracle OpenWorld.The company also announced a complete refresh of the SPARC server line and a new version of Solaris.

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Oracle today delivered on its commitment to the SPARC platform, announcing a SPARC Solaris-based model of its Exalogic Elastic cloud system, the so-called cloud-in-the-box system that was announced earlier this year at Oracle OpenWorld.

The company also announced a complete refresh of the SPARC server line and a new version of Solaris.

At an event on the Sun Microsystems campus in Silicon Valley, the company played up the theme of the sunrise, a project that involves integration of Sun's assets into the Oracle technologies.

On stage, company CEO Larry Ellison said, "For all of the competitors who have been enjoying their sundowns and sunsets, this is the sunrise."

The new Exalogic model is optimized for multi-threaded applications, the company said, playing up how it offers in-depth analysis of the hardware so that it can detect failures before they occur.

Ellison gave some props to Apple for showing how successful a model can be by engineering both hardware and software and said that that's what Oracle's goal is, as well. "It's clear to me and clear in marketplace, that by engineering" both the hardware and software together, the customer can have world record performance, the lowest TCO, best reliability and security.

Ellison praised IBM for making good products but talked about how Oracle hates to have its own records broken, which IBM did months ago. The SPARC SuperCluster announced today has taken that throne back by processing 30 million transactions per minute, well above IBM's 10 million and not even in the ballpark as HP's 4 million.

Yes, the whipping boy was HP, which Ellison called slow and vulnerable in the marketplace. He said: "We have better products than them. They are way behind... We think they're vulnerable and we're going after them."

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An HP rep sent over a statement from a company spokesperson Friday afternoon. That statement read:

HP is the No. 1 provider of enterprise servers in the world.  We are focused on our customers, and those customers continue to be won over by our combination of technology, product performance, and pricing.  The numbers prove it – our Enterprise Storage and Servers segment saw 25% revenue growth year over year during Q4 FY2010, and HP was the only major UNIX vendor that reported server growth. Larry Ellison bought a money-losing business that had steady market share declines for years, and which still ranks at the bottom of the market. Customers aren’t fooled by outdated benchmarks, no matter what Oracle says. HP’s market share results prove it. Sun customers are running to HP in droves because they recognize we deliver superior technology, performance and pricing.

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Topics: Servers, Hardware, Oracle, Processors

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  • RE: Oracle launches SPARC-based Exalogic, updates Solaris

    Unfortunately the HP rep is right, perhaps partially, but is right. SPARC architecture is no longer relevant. The processors are outclassed by x86 counter parts. You can argue about the quality of server engineering, but bottom line is that Sun/Oracle priced themselves out of the market. Worst come worst, if you run Oracle, you get RAC and put it across 3 Dell boxes with 4 nehalems instead of a single 8 nehalem CPU sun box. However, either way the performance is way better than any M series, with perhaps M9000, but then you save 80% or 90%. This is also why Exadata is irrelevant. You can do Fibre Chanel over Ethernet to a world class storage now, making Infiniband also irrelevand and with commodity boxes at fraction of the price you got yourself Exadata. People need to keep asking themselves the question of why companies like Amazon do not run Oracle RAC or Exadata and still can serve the world. Let's face it Oracle and Sun are marginal players, same with EMC. It is not obvious to all, but those with leading edge thinking see this already, just listen to CIOs planning their infrastructure investments....
    mikies
  • RE: Oracle launches SPARC-based Exalogic, updates Solaris

    No wonder why Oracle has increased the Core Processor Licensing Factor for HP's Intel Itanium Series 93XX from 0.5 to 1.0 on december 2, 2010.
    If you want HP + Oracle now you have to pay double to Larry...!!!
    elfiso
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