Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 Feature Summary

Introducing Oracle Database Appliance X3-2Are you still thinking about taking advantage of the world's most popular database—Oracle Database—in a single, easy-to-deploy and manage system?

In May 2013, we’ve delivered a webast on the newly, then,  introduced ODA X3-2. As we discussed back then, the Oracle Database Appliance is a high availability clustered database system that includes software, servers, storage, and networking, all engineered to work together in a single box. We believe Oracle Database Appliance is a solution in a box that can really make a difference in delivering partner solutions and apparently Customers Worldwide experience Simplified Database Management with over 1,000 Appliances Deployed, Saving Organizations Time and Money. We will be guiding you, our partners, on how can ODA improve your solution with some feature posts over the next couple of weeks. 

The Oracle Database Appliance currently supports Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release 11.2.0.2, but since the Oracle Database 12c was recently launched we soon expect a new update.

Oracle Database Appliance

  • consists of Oracle’s Sun Fire X4370 M2 which is a 4U, two –node rack -mountable server with two 6 -core Intel Xeon Processors X5675 and 96GB of memory per node. The two server nodes within the Sun Fire X4370 M2 are connected via an internal redundant 1 GbE interconnects for cluster communication, and each provides both 1GbE and 10GbE external networking connectivity.
  • contains 12TB of raw SAS storage, offering resilient 6TB of triple-mirrored,usable database storage. There are also four 73GB solid state disks for high performance processing of redo logs.
  • Comes with Oracle Linux pre-installed  and certified .
  • Runs any OLTP and data warehousing workloads making it the ideal platform for consolidating small Oracle databases.
  • Can be used for the databases of Oracle Applications such as E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft Enterprise Applications, Siebel CRM, JD Edwards, and a multitude of 3rd party horizontal and industry specific applications from Oracle’s partners.
  • Was engineered with mission-critical requirements in mind. It includes redundant server nodes, internal redundant 1 GbE interconnects triple-mirrored storage, redundant power and cooling, and many hot swappable components.
    To complement redundancy built into the hardware components, Oracle Real Application Clusters or Oracle Real Application Clusters One Node are highly recommended for Active - Active or Active - Passive server failover, respectively. While the Oracle Database Appliance is a one-size hardware configuration, customers can configure single or clustered database instances (using Oracle RAC or Oracle RAC One Node) that can run on specific number of licensed processor cores.

Customers are only required to license processor cores that they plan to use. In other words, the Oracle Database Appliance enables customers to “pay-as-you-grow” and purchase database licenses using a sub-capacity model.

Customers can choose to license only a subset of the processor cores in the Oracle Database Appliance. This is done by disabling unnecessary processor cores in the BIOS, using a special interface. Cores can be enabled at a later time, allowing customers to increase the capacity of the appliance if required

Provided existing Oracle databases licenses are current they can be applied to the Oracle Database Appliance.

Other than the upgraded HW specs provided in the new ODA X3-2, the brand new addition was the Oracle Database Appliance support for Virtualization, as well as Weblogic installation.

The virtualized Oracle Database Appliance allows you to run multiple virtual machines, hosting different tiers of your system architecture all within a single Oracle Database Appliance. This is a major development for those looking for drastic cost reductions in managing their traditional multi-tier systems or even consolidating many systems into one, etc.

Now you can have one single platform, that is already extremely easy to setup, operate, and manage, and host many virtual servers, deploying everything from your database to application logic tier to the web-tier and other supporting systems such as a load balancer, security server, etc. all in a single environment. Some ISVs are already looking for building and selling ready-to-go complete systems for their customers with everything inside one Oracle Database Appliance. 

The Oracle Database Appliance Virtualized Platform can be used with Oracle Appliance Manager (OAK) 2.5 and above for V1 hardware and with OAK 2.5.5 and above with Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 hardware. If you are on the non-virtualized deployment of your Oracle Database Appliance (and all new systems are currently shipped from the factory with the non-virtualized ISO image), then you must re-image the server with the Oracle Database Appliance Virtualized Platform ISO image.

Once you have re-imaged the servers with the virtualized platform ISO image, Oracle Appliance Manager lets you deploy a special virtual machine or domain called (ODA_BASE domain) to host all your databases. You allocate CPU and memory to this ODA_BASE domain as per your need (and available database licenses). Dedicated access to shared storage is provided to this domain by design (bypassing any negative performance impact of virtualization that it would otherwise incur) using the PCI pass through technique. The rest of the server capacity is available for deploying additional virtual machines for your application and web tiers and for other purposes.

The next article will be on how to deploy a virtualized ODA 2.6, so stay tuned for more info and guides on ODA. In the meantime if you haven’t watched our webcast you can catch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2qavaWf6gw

Additional resources and information on ODA X3-2

http://www.oracle.com/us/products/database/database-appliance/overview/index.html

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/engineered-systems/database-appliance/overview/index.html

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E22693_01/doc.21/e23730/toc.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oracle_Database_Appliance

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/06/oracle_database_appliance_x3_2/


Author: Marius de Beer ( First Distribution - Oracle Partner Hub ZA) http://za.linkedin.com/pub/marius-de-beer/1/626/6a2

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