September 23, 2011

Oracle Database Appliance introduced for mid-to-small businesses

by Darren Allan

Oracle has announced the launch of a new product aimed at the mid-to-small business market.

The Oracle Database Appliance aims to bring the benefits of Exadata, which incorporates both data warehousing and online transaction processing (OLTP) applications, to smaller businesses.

It is, essentially, an all-in-one integrated software and hardware package which offers these capabilities.

The Database Appliance hardware consists of twin Linux servers with two Xeon processors apiece, combined with 12TB of disk storage, and 300GB of much nippier solid-state storage, all rolled into one unit.

On the software side, it comes bundled with Oracle’s 11g release 2 database program.

The idea is to offer smaller firms a simple to implement and scalable solution, which is cost effective as Oracle is offering pay-as-you-grow software licensing, with adjustable expenditure depending on your usage.

Oracle notes that: “This allows customers to align their software spend with their business growth without the need for any hardware upgrades.”

The system benefits from features such as one-button software provisioning and automatic phone home on hardware failures.

Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president at Oracle, commented: “Companies are spending tens of thousands of dollars and countless hours to buy, build and customize database solutions.”

“With the Oracle Database Appliance, customers get the power of the world’s leading database in a highly-available system from a single vendor. We’ve taken the risk out of designing and deploying database infrastructures, which makes it ideal for small and midsize companies or enterprise departments that want higher availability for their application databases.”

More details and the pricing of the Database Appliance all-in-one solution are to be revealed at Oracle Openworld, the week after next.

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