This week Oracle announced the second generation of its cloud in a box, Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0. The newest release of the platform introduces several improvements, most notably, more virtualization capabilities. Oracle’s improvements in version two may make the platform to finally live up to the elastic in its name.
Exalogic includes a combination of hardware and software that according to Oracle is “engineered to work better together” (a fancy way of saying vendor lock-in). The platform includes compute, storage, operating system, infiniband networking and system management software and is specifically designed to run enterprise apps from Oracle. The company claims application performance has increased tenfold in the second release of Exalogic and provisioning is now six times faster than in the previous version.
The previous version of Exalogic included some virtualization capabilities, but Oracle significantly enhanced the features in version. Exalogic has been integrated with Oracle VM to add a layer of server virtualization. The improved virtualization allows users to provision virtual capacity without knowing anything about the physical server, storage, or network capacity. In addition, Exalogic now supports Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 and natively integrates with the Oracle Traffic Director load balancer, so high-performance applications can run smoother during usage spikes.
“Since the general availability of Oracle Exalogic in January 2011, customers are experiencing tremendous improvements in application performance and vast reductions in the complexity of their application infrastructures, while improving their time-to-market of revenue generating services,” said Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java Products, Oracle.
Oracle may be excited, but it does seem the market is. Exalogic hasn’t been living up to Oracle’s internal sales expectations.Wikibon’s David Floyer wrote a report that explores some of the reasons behind that. The paper also talks about Exadata, the company’s attempt to create a big data appliance that has also received some mixed reviews.