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Also new is the SPARC64 VII+ processor jointly developed by Sun and Fujitsu and which was used to refresh Oracle's entire SPARC Enterprise M-Series of servers.
John Fowler, executive vice president for systems at Oracle, said that, going forward, all new M-series servers based on the new SPARC64 VII+ processors will be co-branded with the Sun and Fujitsu names.
In addition to the new the new Oracle SPARC Supercluster servers, Oracle's new SPARC T3-4 processors were also used as the base for a new series of appliances, the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud T3-1B.
The Exalogic Elastic Cloud is a complete hardware and software offering based on Oracle's T3-1B server blades, and when it ships in the first quarter of 2011 will be configured with 30 servers and 480 processor cores.
It was designed for customers looking to build cloud computing infrastructures, and provides virtualized compute, storage, and networking resources in a single appliance that can be deployed and released on demand, Ellison said.
"When a job hits a peak load, it goes out and grabs resources," he said. "When it is finished, it returns those resources to the pool."
Based on x86 servers, the original version of the Exalogic Elastic Cloud was unveiled in September at Oracle Openworld.
In addition to the new hardware, Oracle also unveiled Solaris 11, the newest version of the company's Unix operating system.
Fowler said Solaris 11 includes a wide range of new features, including the ability to work with hundreds of processors and thousands of cores with the power to run batch jobs in real time and run entire databases in memory.
Solaris 11 allows servers to be booted up in seconds and to be updated without rebooting, Fowler said. It also includes extensive fault management and application service managements which allows failed applications and services to be restarted quickly.
With Solaris 11, security is turned on by default, ensuring that applications are secure as they are booted up, Fowler said. The new operating system enforces role-based root access, and automatically provides security for Oracle's ZFS storage.
In addition to server and storage virtualization, Solaris 11 now also includes network virtualization, Fowler said. The virtualization capabilities of Solaris 11 can be run across a cloud environment, he said.
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