Oracle Introduces Cloud Workload Appliance

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Oracle has launched its Virtual Compute Appliance, intended to work with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and the 12C database

Oracle on 16 April released its Virtual Compute Appliance, designed to work with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and the 12C database, two separate products.

Oracle claims that the appliance in conjunction with the other components enables rapid, repeatable software-defined infrastructure deployment for “virtually any x86 application and workload”.

Turnkey system

Oracle positions the Virtual Compute Appliance X4-2 as a “wire-once” engineered system that comes fully assembled and is ready to run production workloads with software-defined configurations.

It also is designed as a turnkey solution for flexible private cloud platforms that can be used with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to deploy cloud services ranging from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to Database as a Service (DBaaS) with features such as automated provisioning, elasticity and cloud governance (showback, quota, access controls).

The appliance is able to run Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, other Linux distributions and Microsoft Windows side by side. Customers can consolidate multiple applications onto one platform using the product.

New products and services

The release follows the recent launch of two new services, Database Backup and Storage Cloud, for the Oracle Cloud store. Oracle also recently introduced versions of its main database and most of its middleware for use on Verizon’s growing cloud and an adapter for apps; it also recently completed a deal allowing Microsoft to sell Oracle cloud services on the Windows Azure cloud.

In February, Oracle bought BlueKai to meet its requirement for a key cloud app for marketing support.

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