Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Oracle, HP unveil new computer

SAN FRANCISCO, September 25 – Longtime business software giant Oracle has announced it is diving headlong into the computer hardware business with a brainier, brawnier machine crafted to manage the explosion of digital data.

The company\’s chief executive Larry Ellison on Wednesday unveiled an Exadata Storage Server and a Database Machine built in partnership with computer titan Hewlett Packard.

"Oracle is getting into the hardware business but we are not doing it alone," Ellison said during a speech at an Oracle Open World conference in San Francisco.

"Conventional storage arrays simply cannot compete with the Oracle-HP Database Machine."

Oracle and HP have worked together for years on solutions to the rocketing growth in the amount of data businesses have crammed into their machines.

The amount of digital information is doubling or tripling annually and the number of people companies need to have access to that information is multiplying exponentially as well, according to industry statistics.

Businesses grapple with an increasingly difficult challenge of sifting through growing mountains of data for insights regarding customers, inventories, performance and other vital aspects of operations.

More than a third of the executives overseeing computer networks at major US firms believe that their data centers will not be able to meet growing demands by the year 2010, according to HP vice president Anne Livermore.

"At the heart of this is a data center badly in need of transformation," Livermore said in a preface to Ellison\’s presentation. "They need a next-generation data center."

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Ellison says Oracle and HP have addressed the problem by building a machine that pairs Intel multi-core processors with blocks of memory, essentially giving each data storage disk a brain of its own.

Instead of huge chunks of data being sent over limited bandwidth connections to business servers for processing, the "brainier" memory disks send just the details being sought.

Tests of the machines indicate they handle information more than 10 times faster than systems currently in use, according to Oracle.

"I think we are bringing to the market what two great companies do best and we are doing it as a team," HP chief executive Mark Hurd said during a video broadcast appearance with Ellison.

"It\’s an exciting day for us. I think it\’s a great thing for Oracle, HP, the market, and customers."

The HP Oracle Database Machine combines Exadata servers, beefed-up connections, and high-performance processors in a package.

"I hope your teams are ready to turn these things out like iPods," Ellison quipped to Hurd, implying the machines would be hot sellers.

Exadata servers using the Linux open-source operating system are available immediately and models based on other operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows Vista, "are on the way," according to Ellison.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Click to comment

More on Capital Business

Executive Lifestyle

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – The country’s super wealthy individuals are increasing their holding of bonds, gold and cash, a new report by Knight...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi has urged members of the public to exercise extreme caution when making any...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi is set to own half of Centum Investment Company PLC, following a go-ahead...

Ask Kirubi

It is without a doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has caught the whole world by surprise. Although its full impact is yet to be...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun17 – Kenya’s tea leaves manufacturer Kericho Gold, has been awarded the Superbrands Seal by Superbrands East Africa for their quality variety...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Commercial Banks have been ordered to provide relief to borrowers on their personal loans, with loans eligible from March...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13 – As the local telecommunications industry gears up to roll out 5G networks in the country, the Communications Authority of...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 22 – Airtel Kenya is offering free internet access for students in order to enable continued learning at home in the...