by Lyle Smith

Oracle Database 12c and Exadata x3 Announced at OpenWorld

CEO and co-founder Larry Ellison announced new products and cloud services at its annual five-day Open World 2012 conference in San Francisco at the Moscone Center: the new Oracle 12C parallel database software designed for cloud computing deployments and the X3, an updated version of the Exadata hardware in-memory database and analytics. The announcement concerning the new Oracle 12C parallel database software highlighted one specific feature called Pluggable Databases. This allows multiple tenants to co-exist in the same database, making it much easier for database consolidation and is ideal for cloud computing environments where software runs on several machines and in disparate locations as needed.

Oracle's new cloud-based services are their version of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) as well as a new private cloud system, which will run on the company's Exadata and Exalogic servers. Ellison stated that it will compete directly with Amazon's Web services-on-demand.

The Oracle Private Cloud has the advantages of a public-cloud service while running on Exadata or Exalogic servers (or both) that reside in a customer’s data center. In addition to being managed by Oracle employees, a private cloud deployment also can run inside Oracle's own data centers, all depending on the specific needs of a client.

In the announcement, it was also noted that the private cloud service will be identical to Oracle’s existing public cloud service, where Oracle owns, manages and operates the hardware in its own data center and sells its computing power using a pay-as-you-go type of service.

Ellison also announced the Exadata X3, a database in-memory machine, which is designed to store all of a customer's databases in-memory. The Exadata database machine has the ability to run multiple databases, keeping the data separate and secure. Using up to 26TB of solid-state random-access memory, the new Exadata server runs databases in micro-second-fast response times. Additionally, the Exadata database uses high-end compression to make better use of storage capacity.

All of the new Oracle products and services are slated for a release sometime in 2013, with the Exadata X3 listed as $200,000.

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