Oracle is hoping to take cloud computing to, let's say, new heights. On Sunday at its OpenWorld 2010 conference in San Francisco, Calif., the rapidly expanding company announced its new Exalogic Elastic Cloud, which it described as a "Java consolidation platform" that can handle enterprise workloads ranging from applications for a small department to mainframe apps. At the same time, Oracle announced a new generation of business apps called Fusion Applications.
Oracle called the Exalogic "the world's first integrated middleware machine," designed to provide a "complete cloud application infrastructure." The product runs on 64-bit x86 processors, combining 30 servers, each with two processors, and with each socket having six cores, for 360 cores in a single box. It's all connected by InfiniBand-based I/O networking and includes the Oracle WebLogic Server and Exalogic software.
The system is so powerful, CEO Larry Ellison said, that Facebook would only need two of them to run its entire service for its half-billion users.
One Million HTTP Requests Per Second
The company said the I/O fabric helps the machine deliver performance 10 times better than a standard application server configuration. Oracle reported the product has demonstrated, in internal testing, the ability to handle more than a million HTTP requests per second.
Intended for large-scale deployments, the Exalogic Elastic Cloud can support thousands of apps, each with differing requirements for performance, security or reliability. The Exalogic is optimized to accelerate performance from other Oracle products, including the Fusion product portfolio and Oracle Database 11g. The company's E-Business Suite, Siebel CRM, PeopleSoft Enterprises, JD Edwards, and industry-specific apps can run on the Exalogic without modifications.
The new Fusion Applications are delivered as a suite of modular apps that can enhance current applications, with which they run side by side. Fusion, which the company said is 100 percent open-standards-based, has more than 100 modules in seven product families -- Financial Management, Procurement and Spending, Project and Portfolio Management, Human Capital Management, Customer Relationship Management, Supply Chain Management, and Governance Risk and Compliance.
'Wait and See'
With the service-oriented architecture of Fusion, functions such as Distributed Order Orchestration and Shared Services Procurement can be managed throughout an environment. Oracle described as "revolutionary" Fusion's new role-based user experience, giving users the ability to find answers to such questions as "What do I need to know?", "What do I need to do?", "How do I get it done?", and "Whom do I need to contact?"
Laura DiDio, an analyst with industry research firm Information Technology Intelligence Corp., is taking a "wait and see" view on the Exalogic. "That's a very big box if two of them can handle Facebook globally," she said, and it "remains to be seen" not only if it works in the field as advertised, but, with a "list price starting at one million dollars each, who the market is."
Another factor, DiDio said, is how many of Sun Microsystems' engineers and executives actually worked on making the Exalogic, "since Oracle has not been a hardware company." Oracle purchased Sun last year.
Her reaction to the Fusion software products was similar, in that she noted it is a "fusion of products from some of their acquisitions, including Siebel and PeopleSoft." DiDio said "customers are going to want to see proof about which of the more than 100 parts to Fusion work well."
Posted: 2010-09-25 @ 3:28am PT
it is very high machine, good for banking institutions.