catching up: Solaris IB in Exadata & Exalogic

Currently, one of the biggest stories at Oracle is the Exadata product. The current generation of this product is known as "X2" with a version using 2-socket x86 servers (X2-2) and one using 8-socket x86 servers (X2-8). It is well known that InfiniBand is the communication fabric at the heart of these products.

What is perhaps not as well known is that Solaris has been announced as an option for this product family. The Solaris 11 Express announcement mentions that Oracle Solaris 11 Express will also power the Oracle Exadata X2-2 and X2-8 Database Machines, as well as the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud machine.

The Exalogic product family also uses an InfiniBand communication fabric with an option to use Solaris 11 Express. The Exalogic X2-2 product uses x86 2-socket servers. As mentioned in the previous link, Exalogic has been optimized for integrated use together with Exadata. Now you can have InfiniBand's high bandwidth and low latency operating through all your internal data center tiers.

The Exalogic T3-1B version uses SPARC processors with Solaris 11 Express. The announcement link also mentions Solaris 10 Zones as a way to migrate from Solaris 10 to this platform.

For further information on the new IB features in Solaris 11 Express, please see my previous post.

As always, this blog should only be regarded as my personal opinion. If some official statement contradicts me, I am probably wrong.

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