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Sep 15 2009   11:40PM GMT

Oracle, Sun roll out Exadata 2

Ed Scannell Ed Scannell Profile: Ed Scannell

Even as the European Union continues to dig into the validity of Oracle’s $7.4 billion proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Oracle chairman Larry Ellison showed off the first product jointly developed by the two companies, confidently calling it “the fastest machine ever built for data processing.”

In a presentation, where he was joined on stage by John Fowler, a senior executive with Sun, Ellison said the Exadata Version 2, which marries Oracle’s database software with Sun’s FlashFire technology, is twice as fast as the original, and is significantly faster than the fastest machine made by archrival IBM.

“We are the fastest in the world for data warehousing and by far the fastest for online transaction processing, because we have optimized random I/O. We can do over 1 million random I/O instructions per second, which is significantly faster than anything IBM has,” Ellison said.

Ellison remarks were counterpunches clearly aimed at both IBM and Hewlett-Packard Co., both of which have mounted aggressive campaigns over the past few months hoping to steal away Sun customers while the Oracle-Sun deal met final approval.

Just in the past couple of weeks IBM says it has won over 250 customers in the first half of this year, claiming that is growing more rapidly since Oracle announced its intention to buy Sun on April 20.

Ellison said two other advantages of Exadata 2 are that all of its basic components are fault tolerant, and that large IT shops can scale its capabilities in cloud computing environments.

“People talk about cloud computing where if you need capacity you can just allocate it. Well that’s a nice concept if your database systems can add capacity in that environment. Ours’ is the only one today that can do that,” Ellison said.

Exadata Version 2 is available in four models including a full rack consisting of eight database servers and 14 storage servers, a half-rack with four database servers and seven storage servers, a quarter-rack with two database servers and three storage servers and a basic system with1 database server and one storage server.

All four configurations are available immediately.

We’ll have more coverage of Exadata 2 later on Wednesday.

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