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World's first integrated middleware machine targets cloud apps

Posted: 22 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Java? I/O? operating system?

Oracle has debuted a cloud computing product designed to rival those of IBM, HP, and Cisco. The Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, which was presented to the public by chief executive officer Larry Ellison at Oracle OpenWorld 2010, marries cutting-edge 64-bit x86 processors with an InfiniBand-based I/O fabric, solid-state storage, Oracle WebLogic Server, other enterprise Java Oracle middleware products and a choice of Oracle Solaris or Oracle Linux operating system software.

Oracle said the integrated hardware and software system provides "a complete cloud application infrastructure, consolidating the widest possible range of Java and non-Java application types and workloads and meeting the most demanding service-level requirements."

The software package delivers "performance results 10x better than a standard application server configuration," the company said in a statement.

Oracle said its tests of one rack of Exalogic Elastic Cloud showed 12X improvement for Internet applications, to over 1 million HTTP requests per second and 4.5X improvement for Java messaging applications, to over 1.8 million messages per second.

The InfiniBand-based I/O fabric, which offers a new architecture for parallel I/O, multi-core processor efficiency and optimization of the Java I/O stack, features a "high level of fault tolerance with near-instant failover and 100 percent isolation of applications," allowing enterprises to consolidate their mission-critical applications on a single system with "extremely low risk."

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