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“Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is the world’s first and only integrated middleware machine—a combined hardware and software offering designed to revolutionize data center consolidation. Enterprises can bring together tens, hundreds, or even thousands of disparate, mission-critical, performance-sensitive workloads on Oracle Exalogic with maximum reliability, availability, and security. Oracle Exalogic’s unique high-bandwidth, low-latency interconnect fabric means that complex, distributed applications can run with a responsiveness simply not achievable with typical servers used in data centers today.” (source)
Well you read it correctly. It is a machine and it sounds like IBM trying to sell you a mainframe. I think this is what we typically call “cloud washing”. You take a product, put “cloud-“ before it and presto, you have joined the hype.
Apart from that it is an impressive machine capable of running applications faster and utilizing the very awesome Exadata technology. Too bad it is running Oracle’s own version of Linux with a Oracle dedicated kernel, a true open source OS would have shown Oracle’s embrace of the community much more.
But elastic or scalable? This remains unclear to me, I expect only in one direction; “buy more, not less”.