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Oracle empowers cloud database users with latest release

Oracle has released the new generation of Oracle Exadata Cloud Service, now based on the Exadata X8M platform. The new offering is available this month on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

According to the company, customers can accelerate transaction processing and data analytics projects with Exadata X8M in 26 global cloud regions.

With architectural identicality across cloud and on-premises, Oracle Exadata Cloud Service X8M enables customers to move databases and workloads to the cloud with no changes to applications.

Exadata Cloud Service X8M can run applications needing multiple workloads and data types in a single converged Oracle Database.

The offering features Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) from databases to Intel Optane Persistent Memory in smart storage servers, bypassing the OS, IO, and network software stacks.

As a result, Oracle states this enables 2.5 times higher transaction processing IOs, and 10 times better IO latency than the previous Exadata Cloud Service release.

RDMA runs over a new, ultra-fast, 100Gbs RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) network fabric for the highest analytics throughput.

Exadata Cloud Service X8M also features a new generation of Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) that delivers enhanced application transparent database scale-out and high availability for all types of database workloads.

In addition, fully-active Oracle Data Guard database replicas offload SQL reads and writes while providing cloud-automated disaster protection within and across regions.

Furthermore, Oracle Databases deployed on Exadata Cloud Service X8M can scale up to 4,600 CPU Cores, 44 TB DRAM, 96 TB persistent memory, 1.6 PB flash, and 25 PB of database capacity.

Exadata Cloud Service X8M supports relational databases that are 20X bigger than possible to run on AWS today with RDS or Aurora, and bests both AWS RDS and Aurora by 25 times in CPU scaling, the company states.

For elasticity, customers can start small with a minimum-sized HA configuration with as few as four CPU cores enabled, and expand by adding compute or storage as needed with no downtime.

Finally, customers pay only for what they need. Organisations can scale Database and Storage independently online as needed, and reduce costs with by-the-second pay-per-use.

Oracle executive vice president, mission-critical database technologies Juan Loaiza says, “As an increasing number of organisations shift their important workloads to the cloud, they have found that many cloud databases have performance, availability and scaling limitations.

"With today's announcement, Oracle enables customers to run any business-critical database workload including the largest and most compute and memory-intensive workloads with dramatically faster performance, higher scalability and elasticity, and lower costs than any other cloud provider."

"The new generation of Oracle's Exadata Cloud Service is based on the proven Exadata platform that is already in use by 86% of the Fortune Global 100 to run their most demanding workloads," Loaiza says.

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