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New Oracle Database Appliance Aims At Small, Midsize Firms

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Oracle's new Database Appliance product, unveiled on Wednesday, should appeal to small and mid-size businesses that run both transactional and analytic applications, analysts said.

Oracle's new Database Appliance product, unveiled on Wednesday, should appeal to small and mid-size businesses that run both transactional and analytic applications, analysts said.

The tightly integrated hardware, software and storage bundle features Oracle Database11g Release 2 and Real Application Clusters software running on a 2-node, 24-processor core, Sun Fire server cluster hardware.

The pre-configured, pre-installed appliance should appeal to small and mid-size businesses because it can be used virtually right out of the box, analysts said. Sweetening the deal is Oracle's offer of a pay-as-you-grow database software licensing model for the new platform, they added.

The company said the hardware component of the appliance will be sold separately. A configuration that includes two Sun Fire servers, 192GB of main memory, 24 processor cores, 12TB of raw disk storage and 292GB of solid-state disk is priced at $50,000. The company didn't disclose software pricing by press time.

The full Database Appliance's starting price tag is expected to fall below Oracle's popular Exadata integrated database appliance that's targeted at large enterprises.

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