Oracle is slowly moving from merely providing software to its customers to full fledged IT engineered systems. Exadata and database appliance are two major offerings. Both these systems are engineered which means that Oracle provides machines preconfigured for you to run. You don’t have to do any type of installation or do any network configuration etc. This way organizations will be better equipped to focus on their applications and less on the system on which they are supposed to run. While Exadata is for your big data center and is aimed towards extreme performance and scalability, database appliance on the other hand is targeted towards small and medium sized companies for their hassle free Oracle database requirements. Oracle X3-2 appliance has been added to this group to enhance offering in the hardware category.
The first time we heard anything such as database appliance from Oracle was about 18 months ago when the first iteration of the appliance came out. A few days back Oracle introduced its new version with some great new improvements. The Oracle X3-2 database appliance has now twice as much as computing power as the last one, 10x more network bandwidth and 4x more storage. The absolute best part about the appliance is the ease with which you can deploy it into your existing network. You just have to plug the power cables and network cables and it will be readily available in your network. There is no hassle of setting up your server first which you need to do if you choose any custom solution. Also the database appliance has standard software and hardware configurations which reduces the overall risk of deployments.
Apart from these standard offering that comes within the box that you purchase there is also capacity on demand option as well. For example if you don’t need the full 32 cores for processing then you can just choose to purchase at minimum 2 cores. Later on if your processing requirements increase you can purchase and add additional cores. The additional cores are easy to add and essentially there is no down time required. You can also add more storage and the system will do the automatic rebalancing of data between new and existing storage. You can also connect the appliance to external storage like SAN etc.
Oracle database appliance is supposed to work with any kind of application for which Oracle database is certified for. One perfect use case of database appliance is to host and manage weblogic server for your application hosting. You can also use it to provide out of box application solutions to your customers. Like you can install and configure JD Edwards. Siebel etc which you can use to provide solutions to your customers.
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