Oracle adds elastic configuration with Exadata X5
Oracle’s (ORCL) Exadata has x86-based servers and the Linux Operating System. HP (HPQ) leads this space with a share of ~26%. It is followed by IBM (IBM) and Cisco (CSCO), which hold 18.4% and 5.7% of the market share, respectively.
Oracle brought the elastic configuration concept with Exadata X5, which enables an Exadata database machine to be configured with a mix of storage servers and databases that can be used to meet various business requirements. According to Oracle, “Exadata’s scale-out smart InfiniBand architecture and use of standard servers for both compute and storage is instrumental to this flexibility, allowing Exadata to evolve much more rapidly and effectively than traditional server + SAN + storage array architecture.”
In sync with the company’s emphasis on reduced prices, the new elastic configurations enable customers to choose the optimum hardware configuration for their workload.
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Exadata X5 has elastic configurations
As mentioned in the earlier part of the series, Oracle launched sixth generation Exadata, Exadata X5, in early 2015. The unique thing about Exadata X5 is that this is the first generation of Exadata that has elastic configurations. Elastic configurations enable customers to configure Oracle Database In-Memory optimized systems as well as all-flash online transaction processing (or OLTP) systems.
ATM transactions, reservation systems, and retail sales systems all use OLTP system operations. Prior to Exadata 5, there were fixed size configurations of Exadata in various sizes. With the fixed size configurations, as customers’ workloads change or increase they would have to buy a larger size database.