Ellison Brandishes ‘Speed of Thought’ Exalytics Appliance

October 4, 2011 No Comments

OpenWorld Larry Ellison is serious about hardware because he is serious about software. Mostly, however, he’s serious about making money – which is why Ellison’s OpenWorld keynote surprise in San Francisco on Sunday was a whole new machine: the Exalytics in-memory appliance.

Exalytics is based on Oracle’s Sun Fire X4470 M2 server, which debuted at the end of June. A four-socket box based on Intel’s ten-core “Westmere-EX” Xeon E7 processor, it crams 1TB of DDR3 main memory and a mere six disk drives into a 3U rack chassis. The X4470 M2 is a perfectly respectable and competitive Xeon E7 server – but that’s not what makes it an Exalytics appliance.

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