SPARC-Powered Exalogic Cloud Server

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-12-02 Print this article Print


SPARC-powered Exalogic cloud server

Oracle's primary purpose Dec. 2 was to announce a new Exalogic cloud computing system powered by SPARC chips and running Solaris to go alongside its Intel x86 version, demonstrated at OracleWorld in September.

The SPARC Exalogic is the new middleware platform for cloud systems; 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.

At OracleWorld, 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, they showed two 7-foot-high SPARC racks-one Exadata and one Exalogic-on stage.

"We have been hearing about the 'Sun-set' and 'Sun-down' programs for quite some time now, but that's hardly the case. There is also a book called 'The Sun Also Rises,'" Ellison said. "We did our research, and our theme is now called the 'Sunrise' program.

"The mission-critical IT world still runs on Unix and Linux and Java: 10 of the top 10 banks, 10 of the top 10 telcos, and lots of others. SPARC Solaris and Java are still No. 1, as far as we can tell. Seventy to 80 percent of our [database and server] business is Solaris and Linux-based, and we're No. 2 on both Windows and on IBM mainframes."

HP adds its reaction to Ellison

On Dec. 3, an HP spokesperson, after reading this story, sent a corporate statement to eWEEK in response to Ellison's remarks:

"HP is the No. 1 provider of enterprise servers in the world.  We are focused on our customers, and those customers continue to be won over by our combination of technology, product performance, and pricing. The numbers prove it - our Enterprise Storage and Servers segment saw 25% revenue growth year over year during Q4 FY2010, and HP was the only major UNIX vendor that reported server growth. 

"Larry Ellison bought a money-losing business [Sun Microsystems] that had steady market share declines for years, and which still ranks at the bottom of the market. Customers aren't fooled by outdated benchmarks, no matter what Oracle says. HP's market share results prove it. Sun customers are running to HP in droves because they recognize we deliver superior technology, performance and pricing."

Editor's note: This story was updated at 2:30 p.m. Pacific time Dec. 3 to include the HP statement noted above.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison compares benchmark speeds among the Oracle Sun SPARC, IBM P7 and HP SuperDome clusters at the Dec. 2 launch event. (Photo by Chris Preimesberger, eWEEK)

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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