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Sizing for the Cloud: Optimize Exadata Cloud Costs Using Universal Credits

The Universal Credits Model allows Oracle to dramatically alter cloud costs and deployment scenarios. Using Universal Credits, all OCPUs are treated the same, and all OCPUs can be elastically scaled to meet compute demand. This enables the most cost-effective Exadata Cloud deployments that Oracle has offered to date.   Databases, including consolidated databases, have a typical workload that is much less than the peak workload. In this post we discuss how workload variability...

Saturday, June 16, 2018 | Read More

Snapshots in the Exadata Cloud

Building on the previous blog entry by Gurmeet (Exadata Snapshots: Simple, Secure, Space Efficient), we are going to see how we can create snapshots in the Exadata Cloud.  Snapshot PDBs With the Exadata Cloud (Cloud Service and Cloud at Customer) we have two ways to create snapshots on our services. The first method is via SQL plus and works exactly like what was shown in the previous blog post. You need to have created a SPARSE disk group when you initially provisioned the...

Saturday, June 16, 2018 | Read More

Exadata Snapshots: Simple, Secure, Space Efficient

Database snapshots are widely used to re-create realistic workloads for database testing and development (test/dev). Almost all enterprise-class storage vendors support snapshot functionality that can create space-efficient point-in-time copies. However, using general-purpose snapshots for database snapshots requires compromises for test/dev activities and incurs extra process and management complexity as compared to database-aware snapshots. In this post we examine the...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 | Exadata Database Machine | Read More

Announcing Exadata Cloud at Customer Release 18.1.4: Enhanced Database Consolidation

We are excited to announce general availability of the latest update for Exadata Cloud at Customer.  This new release (18.1.4) brings customers some of their most requested features—features that unlock Exadata Cloud at Customer’s true potential as a database consolidation platform. The key features in this release include:  Support for multiple VM Clusters in a single Exadata Machine Network isolation between the VM Clusters Shared Oracle Homes Snapshots and Sparse Clones for...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | Read More

Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service

Not every company can own and staff a data center; there is alot involved. So where can you turn if you need the highest-performing and most available infrastructure for running Oracle Database? Well the Exadata Cloud Service of course.  Now while we can have a bit of fun with the beginning of this post, it bring some honesty as well. A good majority of our Exadata Cloud Service customers are new to Exadata. They have never owned one on premises and are able to start their...

Monday, February 27, 2017 | Read More

Announcement: Oracle Database 12c Release 2 on Exadata and SuperCluster

The last 10 days have been very exciting for Exadata. First we released Exadata Software 12.2.1.10 with over 30 features and enhancements. Then we launched Exadata SL6, unleashing the power of Software-in-Silicon for Exadata systems.  Now we are releasing the on-premises version of Oracle Database 12c Release 2 exclusively on Exadata and SuperCluster. Oracle Database 12c Release 2 enhances every aspect of theOracle Database. Let’s take a look at some highlights:...

Friday, February 10, 2017 | Read More

Exadata SL6: A new Era in Software/Hardware Co-Engineering

Since the launch of Exadata in 2008, Intel x86 processors have powered Exadata database servers.  Today we are expanding our Exadata family with the addition of Exadata SL6, our first offering with SPARC M7 processors. SL stands for “SPARC Linux”. The Exadata Database Machine SL6 is nearly identical to the x86 based Exadata, except it uses Oracle SPARC T7-2 database servers based on the SPARC M7 processor. SPARCM7 is the world’s most advanced processor to run Oracle...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 | Read More

Exadata 12.2.1.1.0: The Best Database Cloud Platform Just Got Better

We are announcing the general availability of Exadata Software Release 12.2.1.1.0.  This is a very content rich release with over 30 features and enhancements that improve every aspect of Exadata: faster analytics, high throughput low latency transaction processing, and massive consolidation of mixed database workloads. Compelling enhancements in this release make the platform more secure and easier to manage.Most of these new features are available on all supported...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | Read More

Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Machine now available

Continuing with our cloud innovation, we are very pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Machine (ExaCM). For the first time in IT, now you can deploy the most powerful Oracle Database - with all options and features, on the most powerful Database platform - Exadata, with all the cloud computing benefits, at your data center, behind your firewall. The associated Exadata infrastructure is managed by Oracle Cloud experts, which means you...

Saturday, December 24, 2016 | Read More

Exadata: Database Engineering at Cloud Scale

In our neck of the woods here in Silicon Valley, it’s not uncommon to find a lot of startups working on unique challenges regarding Database Engineering. Some are attacking the scalability aspect, some are attempting to reduce the latency of an OLTP database, others are trying to make the data warehouse run faster, while others are focused on bringing the latest innovations in silicon technology to database systems. Exadata is the culmination of all thosechallenges and then...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 | Read More

Applications and Exadata: Why Select Exadata

Exadata is now in its sixth generation with thousands of Exadatas deployed at thousands of customers.  The growth rate remains strong while systems become more powerful, pricing remaining relatively flat, and acquisition models (Capacity on Demand and Infrastructure as a Service Private Cloud) have made acquiring Exadata more attractive. There are many reasons why customers and partners choose runthe application’s database on Exadata. Most of the reasons to are focused on...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 | Read More

Collaborate '15: Observations on Exadata

During the week of April 13, I attended Collaborate in Las Vegas. I’d like to share some of my observations from Collaborate My favorite customer quote: No Unplanned Downtime: "We are a best of breed Dell and EMC shop. We did not select Exadata for its performance. We purchased Exadata for its availabity and stability. We cannot afford to be down every week.” Exadata Special Interest Group:Monday the IOUG Exadata SIG hosted a general meeting. These SIG meetings are for Oracle...

Thursday, April 30, 2015 | Read More

10 reasons to run Database In-Memory on Exadata

Exadata is touted by Oracle as the “best platform for running the Oracle Database”. The virtues of Exadata for dramatically improving database I/O performance are well documented and overwhelmingly supported by customer references. But is Exadata also the best platform for running Oracle Database In-Memory? After all, by definition an in-memory database avoids I/O by holding data in DRAM. Doesn’t that mean Exadata has no benefits for running an in-memory database compared tosi...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | Read More

Controlling Software Costs on Exadata

Users of Exadata Database Machines can now take advantage of several techniques to control database software license costs including Capacity on Demand (CoD), Elastic Configurations, and Trusted Virtual Machine Partitions. Exadata Capacity on Demand allows users to disable a subset of the cores on Exadata database servers to reduce licensing requirements. The maximum number of cores that can be disabled on an Exadata X5-2 Database Serveris 60%. In other words, with Exadata...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 | Read More