Oracle entered the database appliance field in 2008 with its Exadata brand, originally in partnership with HP for the hardware.
Since its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in early 2010 the next generation of Exadata 'appliances' has been based on Sun hardware, notably its proven storage servers. Total sales of nearly 3,000 units to date certainly indicate a responsive target market.
"Although 'appliance' is already a popular term, we prefer to talk of them as 'engineered systems' in which...
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