The latest version of Oracle’s Exalytics In-Memory Machine, version X3-4, features significant software enhancements and hardware updates to improve the capabilities of the high-speed engineered system for business analytics. The new Exalytics X3-4 system doubles the amount of on-board RAM to 2TB, and now features 2.4TB of flash storage, and 5.4TB of hard disk.
Oracle Exalytics X3-4 system has been designed to provide organizations with a data-driven competitive advantage by including a packaged solution to manage the increasing volume, scale and scope of business questions that require real-time answers. Specific optimizations have been made to accelerate the platform’s ability to handle strategic business questions in the areas of advanced planning, data discovery, scenario modeling, burst reporting and what-if analysis.
With the latest version of Exalytics, there can be more users, more applications, larger cached in-memory results sets, all running on Exalytics, Paul Rodwick, vice president of product management at Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing. This is especially important as more companies use Exalytics as part of their enterprise business analytics standard and seek to go beyond simple query reporting and analysis to add capabilities such as unstructured analytics with Endeca Information Discovery, or Hyperion Planning, or other scenario modeling or planning applications - all running on the same box.
Built using industry-standard hardware, market-leading business intelligence software and in-memory database technology, Oracle Exalytics is an optimized system pre-integrated to reduce the cost and complexity of an organization’s IT infrastructure, while increasing productivity and performance. First introduced over a year ago, the Exalytics In-Memory Machine has had the "fastest uptake of all the Oracle engineered systems," says Rodwick. The rapid acceptance, says Rodwick, can be attributed to the success customers have experienced with Exadata and other engineered systems as well as the immediate benefit Exalytics provides to existing Oracle customers. Customers can take an existing Oracle application and move it to Exalytics to experience better visualizations, faster performance, better scale, and more responsive mobile BI capabilities, says Rodwick.
With Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite as the core software component of Oracle Exalytics, customers will be able to analyze critical information and get the intelligence they need to optimize their business. There are more than 200 enhancements software enhancements, including new visualizations, improved end user interactivity, new native connection into Hadoop as a data source supported by Oracle BI Foundation Suite, enhancements to the Essbase component of BI Foundation Suite, and significant new capabilities across the board, says Rodwick.
Existing Oracle Exalytics X2-4 customers can benefit from new software features, and may choose to purchase upgrade kits to add 2.4TB flash memory, or flash memory and an additional terabyte of main memory.
More information about the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine is available.