Oracle Launches Exalogic Cloud Software for Java Deployments

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-12-08 Print this article Print

Elastic Cloud X2-2 is the cloud middleware expressly designed for Oracle's SPARC Exalogic, which is the company's new hardware platform for cloud systems.

Oracle on Dec. 8 launched Exalogic Elastic Cloud X2-2, a new-generation Java application infrastructure for virtual machines.

The announcement was made at OracleOpenWorld Brazil in Sao Paulo.

The Elastic Cloud X2-2 is the cloud middleware expressly designed for Oracle's SPARC Exalogic, which is the company's new hardware platform for cloud systems. Its sister product, Exadata, is the SPARC database server. Oracle isn't shy about claiming that they're both the fastest in the world at what they do.

Elastic Cloud X2-2 on the Exalogic is powered by either x86 Wintel processors or Sun SPARC chips [which run  Solaris OS], whichever the user prefers.

At OracleWorld in September 2010, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Chief Hardware Executive John Fowler showed the x86 Exalogic as a 30-server, 360-core system that companies can use to run their own private clouds in a single rack.

On Dec. 2 at a special launch event at the old Sun Microsystems campus in Santa Clara, Calif., they showed two 7-foot-high SPARC racks-one Exadata and one Exalogic-on stage.

Elastic Cloud X2-2 on the Exadata machine is a pretty powerful system. It combines 64-bit x86 processors, an InfiniBand-based I/O fabric and solid-state storage with the Oracle WebLogic Server, other enterprise Java Oracle middleware products and a choice of Oracle Solaris or Oracle Linux operating systems.

Oracle said that the Exalogic Elastic Cloud -- Amazon calls its enterprise cloud service Elastic Cloud 2, so there could be some confusion about all this in the future -- can support numerous [meaning up to thousands] of Java and non-Java applications with differing security, reliability and performance requirements.

Naturally, the system also is optimized for integration with Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Real Application Clusters and the Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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