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Over the past couple weeks Oracle has announced several new product releases. With so many announcements in a short period of time, it can be hard to keep track of them all. Here is a spotter's guide to some of Oracle's most interesting recent product announcements.
Oracle Exadata X4-8
On July 17, Oracle announced the forthcoming release of a more powerful version of Oracle Exadata -- Exadata X4-8. This model is meant to coexist with Exadata X4-2, which was released in November. The only difference between Exadata X4-2 and X4-8 are their processing and memory capacities, with the X4-8 having more Intel CPU cores and more memory than the X4-2. Exadata X4-8 is meant for users with large workloads and is expected to be popular with in-memory users, global applications and data centers.
However, X4-8's smallest configuration is a full rack, which includes 240 chip cores and 12 TB of memory. However, it is possible to scale up by adding racks. Additional racks means increased hardware and software redundancy, which means another back-up and easier failover. It is possible to connect up to 18 racks of X4-8.
Oracle Big Data SQL
The tagline for Oracle Big Data SQL, announced July 15, is "one fast query on all your data." The basic concept for this product is to use SQL to simplify access to and integration of big data sources. Oracle Big Data SQL allows the user to query all data -- Hadoop, NoSQL, Oracle Database or other data stores -- with a single statement. Oracle Big Data SQL then presents all data sources as enhanced external tables, which transparently map the external semantics of data access to internal Oracle processing.
Oracle Big Data SQL focuses especially on Hadoop with a feature called Smart Scan. This includes data-local scanning, which allows data from Hadoop to be read and processed at the source. Complex parsing allows JSON and XML data to be processed at the source as well. Due to predicate evaluation and projection, only relevant data is transferred from Hadoop. All of these features speed up queries in Hadoop by lowering the amount of data that has to travel out of the Hadoop system for a query.
Oracle Virtual Machine 3.3
On July 1, Oracle announced a new release of Oracle Virtual Machine. Oracle VM 3.3 will come bundled with MySQL and its database backup tools. The platform is designed to work on Oracle and non-Oracle operating systems. It also has new Windows drivers and is Microsoft-certified.
VM 3.3 is free, and will be the first Oracle VM release to use OpenStack as an application. VM 3.3 is also the first to have embedded MySQL and full support for SPARC. It includes a plug-in for Storage Connect, a web service API and the ability to manage your own console. The Linux kernel used in VM 3.3 is the latest Linux kernel.
Oracle Mobile Suite
Oracle announced on June 30 the latest version of Oracle Mobile Suite, a development and deployment platform for mobile-enabled enterprise systems. The latest version includes a new iteration of Oracle Service Bus, Oracle Service Bus 12c, as well as the brand new Mobile Application Framework. The Mobile Application Framework is a cross-device mobile development platform designed to simplify the creation of multiplatform mobile applications.
Oracle Mobile Suite is now based in the cloud to simplify mobile development, with the company saying it can plug and play with any platform. The user also has a wide choice of development languages to use, including Java, Eclipse and HTML5. Oracle Service Bus can now expose back-end applications through JSON and REST.