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January 22, 2015

Oracle tackles data centre cost with next-gen X5 range

The engineered systems range offers lower costs and high performance.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Oracle is set to take on rivals EMC, Cisco and VMware, as the database giant announced the latest version of its engineered systems range.

Founder and CTO Larry Ellison used a keynote at Oracle’s headquarters in Redwood City to emphasise the X5 range’s focus on lower costs and high performance.

The appliances include Oracle’s new Virtual Compute Appliance X5, Database Appliance X5, Big Data Appliance X5 and Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance X5.

"We’re going to compete for that core data centre business," said Ellison.

"Our appliances and engineered systems deliver the highest performance by a large margin at the lowest purchase price for the data centre core. They get the job done faster, more securely and more reliably than any competitive offering available today."

Oracle claimed that the Virtual Compute Appliance X5 is 50% cheaper and easier to deploy than the Cisco and EMC compute appliance. Oracle further claimed that users can also reduce infrastructure complexity by as much as 70% and deploy applications seven times faster than before.

Ellison, who stepped down as CEO last September, added: "Our customers want their data centres to be as simple and as automated as possible. With some of Oracle’s engineered systems and appliances, you can pay 50% less, but you have to be willing to take twice the performance."

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Meanwhile, Oracle’s Database Appliance X5 now includes flash caching, integrated InfiBand connectivity, InfiniBand connectivity, increased compute cores, and increased storage to improve consolidation density by up to four times.

The Oracle Big Data Appliance X5 also adds the latest version of the Oracle Big Data SQL, which enables customers to use one fast SQL query across all data with no application changes.

The Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance X5 offers faster processors and up to 30 percent expanded capacity within a single rack.

To date, Oracle says it has shipped more than 10,000 units of its engineered systems.

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