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Oracle followed on the footsteps of Exadata with another integrated server appliance. This one was made for middleware and came with WebLogic built on top of a Java framework: Oracle Exalogic is the company's "cloud in a box."
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison bragged that two full racks of Exalogic running side by side could run Facebook's operations.
In the video to the right, Oracle VP of development Adam Messinger breaks down the details of Exalogic and tries to explain its performance benefits.
Oracle's move into the cloud with Exalogic has since been the topic of much discussion: Exadata, Exalogic and Oracle's move into the converged cloud. Like Exadata, going with Exalogic leads to an approach that has some users worried over vendor lock-in. From the story:
With Exalogic, the single-vendor paradigm tends to be more severe, simply because Oracle’s Exalogic locks buyers into a variety of Oracle technologies, ranging from Fusion Middleware to JRockit and HotSpot. There is no direct path to a competitor in that situation.
With Exalogic essentially being Oracle-Sun hardware tied in with Oracle software, its release also had people wondering: Is Oracle's Exalogic really cloud computing?
Late in 2010, Oracle released a new, Sparc-based version of Oracle Exalogic: Oracle pushes Sparc Exalogic server hardware.
And finally, it is always worth wondering: Are Oracle Exadata and Exalogic selling as well as Oracle says?