Enterprise IT vendor Oracle released the Oracle Exadata X6 Database Machine – on the latest Intel Xeon processors.
“Oracle Exadata is used by four of the five biggest banks, telecoms, and retailers in the world because it delivers dramatically better OLTP, analytics and mixed workloads,” said Juan Loaiza, senior vice president of systems technologies, Oracle.
Oracle said the Exadata X6 database platform combines 3D V-NAND flash with database intelligence in storage to achieve near DRAM level throughput from shared flash. It achieves over 300 gigabytes per second of data throughput per rack, which is more than 10 times faster than competitors’ all-flash storage arrays. Oracle Exadata X6 enables in-memory performance at one-tenth the cost of pure in-memory platforms.
The Oracle Exadata X6 uses helium-filled eight terabyte (TB) disks to deliver more than 1.3 petabytes of disk capacity per rack. In addition, integrated intelligent flash caching delivers the performance of flash with the economics of disk capacity.
The Extreme Flash (all-flash) variant of Oracle Exadata X6 delivers more than 358 TBs of NVMe flash per rack. This flash capacity exceeds the maximum capacity of competitors’ all-flash storage arrays available in the market. Oracle Exadata can scale to more than six petabytes of flash with multiple racks.
Oracle Exadata’s Hybrid Columnar Compression technology is able to increase storage capacity by an average factor of 10X, providing better price-capacity for large data warehouses and consolidated database workloads.
Traditionally, OLTP scaling has been limited by random I/O bottlenecks, but Oracle Exadata X6 achieves over 5.6 million I/O operations per second per rack, easily outperforming competitors’ all-flash storage arrays.
New Oracle Exadata InfiniBand-based algorithms such as the Direct-to-Wire protocol and Smart Fusion Block Transfers increase the speed of OLTP messaging by up to a factor of three.
OLTP is supported through Oracle Exadata’s full-stack integration for instant detection of failures, sub-second redirection of I/O around failing devices, and fast problem resolution. Unique Database In-Memory fault-tolerance adds an additional layer of protection for the most performance-sensitive mixed workloads.