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Oracle Exadata Database Machine X8: 'faster, higher capacity, same price'

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Oracle Exadata Database Machine X8 features breakthrough hardware and software enhancements, as well as unique machine learning capabilities, according to company officials.

Software changes delivered as part of Exadata Database Machine X8 include machine-learning capabilities, including automatic indexing to continuously tune the database as usage patterns change, and automated performance monitoring to detect performance issues and determine the root cause without human intervention.

Exadata X8 hardware enhancements include the latest Intel Xeon processors and PCIe NVME flash technology, giving a 60% increase in I/O throughput for all-flash storage and a 25% increase in IOPS per storage server compared to Exadata X7.

Exadata X8 storage servers now have 60% more cores for Oracle Database processing and 40% higher capacity disk drives, with no increase in price.

The updated systems provide from two to 19 database servers, three to 18 storage servers, up to 920TB (raw) of flash and up to 3PB (raw) of disk capacity per rack.

Additionally, a new, much lower cost extended storage server is available for storing infrequently accessed, older, or regulatory data.

Exadata systems are available in Oracle Cloud, as part of Oracle's Cloud at Customer service, and for conventional on-premises deployment.

"For the past 10 years, Exadata has been running the most critical workloads for thousands of customers around the world. Exadata now powers Oracle Autonomous Database and Oracle Cloud Applications," said Oracle executive vice-president for mission-critical database technologies, Juan Loaiza.

"Today, we are improving the performance and capacity of the platform, and adding a broad range of capabilities based on artificial intelligence and machine learning to further increase Exadata's advantages."

In related news, Oracle also announced the Oracle Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance X8, providing up to ten times faster data recovery of Oracle Database than conventional data deduplication appliances, as well as sub-second recoverability of all transactions. The new model provides 30% larger capacity (almost 1PB in a single rack) for the same price as its predecessor.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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