Oracle challenges Cisco with 50% cheaper Virtual Compute Appliance

Oracle has launched its next-generation engineered systems designed to tackle the cost and complexity associated with data center.

The products in this category include Oracle’s new Virtual Compute Appliance X5, Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System, and sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5.

Unveiling the company’s strategy on the new systems, Oracle executive chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison said the integrated appliances are ready for production deployment out of the box. Already the company has shipped more than 10,000 units, Ellison added.

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Ellison added, “Our customers want their data centers to be as simple and as automated as possible. With some of Oracle’s engineered systems and appliances, you can pay 50 percent less, BUT you have to be willing to take TWICE the performance.”

Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance X5 comes paired with the Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System offering a complete, converged infrastructure system that can allows customers to reduce infrastructure complexity by as much as 70 percent, deploy applications 7x faster, and cut capital expenditures by as much as 50 percent.

Compared to Cisco plus EMC, Virtual Compute Appliance is 50 percent cheaper and easier to deploy, Oracle said.

Oracle Database Appliance X5 are ideal for distributed and branch office deployments. Oracle Database Appliance X5 adds flash caching, integrated InfiniBand connectivity, increased compute cores, and increased storage to improve consolidation density by up to 4x.

Oracle Big Data Appliance X5 delivers comprehensive and secure Hadoop and NoSQL capabilities to the enterprise at a 35 percent lower three-year total cost of ownership and with 30 percent faster deployment time than a custom-built cluster. For faster, lower-cost throughput, the new appliance comes with twice the RAM and 2.25x the processor cores.

The company has also unveiled the latest version of Oracle Big Data SQL, which extends Oracle SQL to Hadoop and NoSQL, enabling customers to use one fast SQL query across all their data, with no application changes.

Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance X5 provides integrated data protection that eliminates data loss exposure for all Oracle databases, with minimal impact to production environments. Available today, this new version offers faster processors and up to 30 percent expanded capacity within a single rack, enabling faster recovery, higher throughput, and improved database backup consolidation, the company said.

The sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine is the highest-performing and lowest-cost platform for running Oracle Database, Oracle said. The architecture features scale-out database servers, scale-out intelligent storage servers, and high-speed InfiniBand networking.

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