Oracle set to hype advances in Exalogic 'cloud in a box'

Oracle's 'great big honkin' cloud,' as CEO Larry Ellison once put it, is getting a software update

Oracle is planning to discuss how its Exalogic application server machine is "the logical choice" for running applications, during a special webcast event on Wednesday.

Exalogic was introduced by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison as "one big, honkin' cloud" during 2010's OpenWorld conference. It's also been referred to as a "cloud in a box."

The system combines Oracle's Sun servers with networking equipment and storage along with a stack of software, including WebLogic Server and Elastic Cloud Software 2.0, a recently released update.

Oracle had already claimed Exalogic provides vast performance improvements for Java applications. But Elastic Cloud 2.0 raises the bar set in version 1.0 by a factor of three, according to an official Oracle document.

It also includes advancements for consolidation and system management, such as Oracle Traffic Director, a load-balancer optimized for Exalogic.

Both Tuxedo and Oracle's Coherence in-memory data grid now run faster on Exalogic thanks to improvements in its Infiniband-based Exabus "networking fabric," according to Oracle.

In addition, Elastic Cloud 2.0 introduces support for Oracle VM 3.0.

Executives are also expected to discuss Wednesday how Exalogic machines can be managed, proactively monitored and patched through Oracle's Enterprise Manager toolset.

A number of prominent executives will be taking part in the webcast, including Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president of product development, Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering, and Cliff Godwin, senior vice president of applications development and the overseer of Oracle's E-Business Suite ERP (enterprise-resource-planning) software.

While the Exadata database machine was the first and remains the highest-profile "engineered system" Oracle sells, Exalogic figures prominently in its plans as well.

Exalogic, along with Exadata, is used in the data centers supporting Oracle's recently introduced Cloud service. The vendor is also positioning the two platforms as an ideal way for customers to run Oracle applications in-house, particularly while consolidating many smaller workloads that may now be running on disparate systems.

To the latter end, Oracle is pairing up Exalogic with its Tuxedo middleware for mainframe rehosting. A launch event for Tuxedo version 12c is scheduled for later this month.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

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