Oracle accelerates Exadata database cloud service

Oracle released the latest iteration of its Exadata Cloud Service today, providing users with increased database scale and performance.

The updated Exadata Cloud Service X8M is set to be generally available later this month, the vendor said.

Exadata Database Machine is Oracle’s purpose-built database hardware server platform, while the Exadata Cloud Service makes Exadata systems available on a consumption basis in the Oracle cloud.

The Redwood City, Calif. tech giant first introduced the Exadata X8M hardware in September 2019. Now Oracle has rolled out X8M across 26 global cloud regions on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure platform.

The Exadata X8M hardware uses Intel Optane persistent memory to enable more data to reside in-memory, providing faster access to data. The X8M also gets advanced connectivity capabilities including 100 gigabit remote direct memory access (RDMA) over Converged Ethernet. With the updated Exadata Cloud Service, the X8Ms are helping to enable a new level of scalability for database workloads in the cloud. According to Oracle, a database workload running on Exadata Cloud Service X8M can have up to 25 petabytes of capacity spanning up to 4,600 CPU computing cores.

Accelerating workloads with Exadata Cloud Service

“Enterprises know they need to run more efficiently,

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BepiColombo Space Probe Makes First Venus Fly-by on Way to Mercury

A spacecraft bound for Mercury swung by Venus on Thursday, using Earth’s neighbour to adjust its course on the way to the solar system’s smallest and innermost planet.

Launched almost two years ago, the European-Japanese probe BepiColombo took a black-and-white snapshot of Venus from a distance of 17,000 kilometers (10,560 miles), with some of its own instruments in the frame.

The fly-by is the second of nine so-called planetary gravity assists that the spacecraft needs for its seven-year trip to Mercury. The first, around Earth, took place in April.

The European Space Agency has described the EUR 1.3 billion (roughly Rs. 11,183 crores) mission as one of its most challenging yet. Mercury’s extreme temperatures, the intense gravity pull of the sun and blistering solar radiation make for hellish conditions.

BepiColombo will make one more fly-by of Venus and six of Mercury itself to slow down before its arrival in 2025. Once there, the spacecraft will split in two, releasing a European orbiter nicknamed Bepi that will swoop into Mercury’s inner orbit while Mio, built by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, gathers data from a greater distance.

Both probes are designed to cope with temperatures varying from

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