Virtualised Oracle Database Appliance POC – #3 Physical Networking by Simon Haslam

The Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) is one of Oracle's "Engineered Systems" - an implication of which is that you can't change the hardware components at all. Therefore it is important that its specification provided meets your requirements, and will do so for the expected lifespan of the system.

I briefly described the networking for ODA X3-2 in an earlier earlier post. In this one I will discuss the ODA's physical networking in more detail, how you configure it, and its suitability for my customer in this particular Proof of Concept (POC).

ODA X3-2 Physical Networking

Each of the servers in the ODA X3-2 has the following ethernet connections:

  • 4 on-board 10GbE (10Gbase-T copper) ports - for connection to your own networks
  • a dual port PCI card (10Gbase-T copper) - for the internal connection between virtual machines (e.g. RAC interconnect, WebLogic administration channel)
  • a Fast Ethernet (100base-T) port for the ILOM management controller

These are configured within the ODA (virtualised ODA 2.6.0 image) as shown in the diagram below (which is taken from p14 of the Oracle X3-2 and X3-2L System Architecture white paper but with my own annotations added): Read the full article here.

Simon Haslam ‏@simon_haslam Result for @JulianDyke's CPU test on Virtualised ODA X3-2 (E5-2690, 11.2.0.3.0 RAC, OL 5.7 UEK): 9.09s.

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