As we reported last fall, Oracle's refresh of its Exadata database consolidation platform was a generation change with major architectural changes that turbocharge transaction processing and analytics. The Exadata X8M platform, introduced to on-premises customers last fall, is now becoming available in the Oracle Public Cloud, but with a major new twist. It is tapping the scale of the cloud to boost the capacity of Exadata for analytics to hold up to 25 PBytes of data. Oracle Exadata customers have embraced the new platform. In Q1 results released last month, Oracle reported that X8M accounted for the majority of Exadata Database Machine sales, and that overall Exadata on-premises sales for the quarter grew 15%.
Delivering extreme performance and availability, Oracle Exadata is the foundation for Oracle Autonomous Database, the world's first self-driving database, and Oracle Cloud Applications. In fiscal year 2018, Exadata set all-time product sales records with continued adoption across multiple workloads such as OLTP, Analytics, and IoT, and multiple verticals, including finance, retail, electronics, and telecommunications. "For the past 10 years, Exadata has been running the most critical workloads for thousands of customers around the world. Exadata now powers Oracle Autonomous Database and Oracle Cloud Applications," said Juan Loaiza, executive vice president, Mission-Critical Database Technologies, Oracle. "Today, we are improving the performance and capacity of the platform, and adding a broad range of capabilities based on artificial intelligence and machine learning to further increase Exadata's advantages."
Oracle has pushed out Exadata X8, the latest iteration of its engineered system optimised for the Oracle database. Unveiled today, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X8 introduces machine-learning capabilities drawn from the Oracle Autonomous Database. These include Automatic Indexing, which continuously tunes the database as usage patterns change. The Exadata X8 also incorporates automated performance monitoring which can determine the root cause of issues without human intervention, according to Oracle. The company said the software does this using AI combined with real-world performance triaging experience and best practices.
Roughly six months after AWS's Outposts hybrid cloud platform outposts hit general release, RDS databases, including MySQL and PostgreSQL are now generally available on it. That makes RDS on Outposts one of the first vendor-managed Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) offerings that can run inside the customer's data center. For the record, Oracle is the only other database provider to have a similar offering, with Exadata Cloud at Customer. On initial release, RDS on AWS Outposts will support MySQL 8.0.17 and PostgreSQL 12.2. AWS Outposts is a hybrid cloud platform that takes a very familiar form: the classic turnkey system, where the vendor provides bundled hardware and software, and manages the provisioning, database setup, patching, and backups. In essence, it is a piece of the AWS cloud that runs inside the customer's data center.