Oracle announces the Exalogic Elastic Cloud system

Oracle has made a move into private cloud computing systems. The Exalogic Elastic Cloud, which was announced by CEO Larry Ellison at Oracle OpenWorld 2010, will further put the company into competition against the likes of IBM and HP.

It is a system containing 30 servers, each loaded with two six-core processors for a total of 360 processor cores. They are interconnected with each other and storage via Infiniband and
combine 64-bit x86 processors and solid-state storage an Oracle WebLogic Server, other enterprise Java Oracle middleware products and a choice of Oracle Solaris or Oracle Linux operating system software.

Speaking at the conference Ellison said the Oracle Exalogic had the fastest Java performance available. He also showed delegates benchmark results that had the  Exalogic system showing a 12-time improvement in internet applications performance.

The system can apparently support more than one million HTTP requests per second, which Ellison said meant the system could “handle Facebook’s traffic on two racks.”

In addition, Ellison said the Exalogic system showed a 4.5 times improvement over previous systems running messaging applications, meaning it can handle 1.8 million messages per second.

According to reports in eWeek, he also gave a little dig to IBM, claiming that the Exalogic system was faster and four times lower the cost of IBM’s best server. He said the Exalogic can scale to up to eight racks, whereas IBM’s top Power 795 system can’t.

The system also includes something called Remote Telemetry, which automatically notifies Oracle of any potential problems. There is no single point of failure on the system so if one VM goes down the stack will continue to operate. 

Exalogic follows the earlier release of the Exadata database machine in 2008, and ties generally into Oracle’s vision of selling customers integrated systems that combine its software with the hardware gained from its  acquisition of Sun Microsystems.