Exadata 2 - Software By Oracle, Hardware By Sun

I just finished watching Larry Ellison and John Fowler launch Oracle's Exadata 2 product. Software by Oracle, hardware by Sun. This thing is a monster - and I mean that in a good way. I'm sure there'll be plenty of press dissecting the speeds, capacities, and so forth...the Oracle press release is a starter. What perked my ears up is that fault tolerance (redundancy, mirroring) is a key design predication of the system - something near and dear to me.

As for the OS running under the covers, it wasn't discussed during the launch. One would expect that it's Oracle Enterprise Linux. Wonder about getting OpenSolaris as the host os? I'd expect performance to get a boost. And on the fault tolerance front, Solaris FMA would provide a benefit - the systems are using Sun's X4170 Nehalem-based systems as the compute server building blocks, which are fully supported by FMA.

:wq

Comments:

I was wondering about the OS requirements as well. Storage Mojo seems to think that it would support both Solaris and RHEL/OEL.

Posted by Peter U on September 15, 2009 at 07:11 AM PDT #

Certainly the hardware platform would - the x4170 supports both OSs. I was more thinking about the Oracle software stack. My understanding of Oracle Enterprise Linux is that it's Redhat+bugfixes+Oracle middleware. Not sure any/some/all of the Oracle software relies on things they've done at the Linux level.

Posted by Scott Davenport on September 15, 2009 at 07:19 AM PDT #

Would the new product require ZFS capability to manage the hybrid storage pool? If so then I would think that openSolaris is needed to run on the storage cell x4275s, and the OEL or Solaris maybe running on the DB cell x4170s.

Posted by Peter U on September 15, 2009 at 07:28 AM PDT #

Perhaps....I think it'd come down to what "Exadata Storage Server Software Release 11.2" runs on. Haven't found anything online or at Oracle's site that discusses details of this SW yet.

Posted by Scott Davenport on September 15, 2009 at 07:51 AM PDT #

Found this on the public facing site:

http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/bi/db/exadata/pdf/exadata-storage-technical-overview.pdf

So indeed it is based on OEL

Posted by Peter U on September 15, 2009 at 07:58 AM PDT #

Thanks Peter....Slides 16, 17, 22, and 57 for those wanting not wanting to sift through the whole deck.

Posted by Scott Davenport on September 15, 2009 at 08:03 AM PDT #

Nice hardware, but I wanna see some Solaris and SPARC, dagnabit.

Posted by Dave on September 15, 2009 at 08:33 AM PDT #

It's a start towards the strategic integration of two companies I admire. More to come, I'm sure.

Posted by Dave McDorman on September 15, 2009 at 03:45 PM PDT #

The SUN.com site on Sep 15, did day OS was Linux. I wonder when Solaris and other support will be announced. Now that Exadata 1 (HP Oracle Database Machine) is dead, will it ever work on HPUX?

Posted by Shyam Varan Nath on September 16, 2009 at 01:45 AM PDT #

I'm certainly not "in the know", but I wouldn't hold out waiting for HPUX as the OS. And as you referred to, Oracle did announce the Exadata 1 systems are no longer available. http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idINN158061620090915?rpc=44

Posted by guest on September 16, 2009 at 03:33 AM PDT #

The one I installed is running OEL. What a sweet system. I do feel for the field guys that have to repair them if there is more than one rack. We were able to get to stuff from the side and it made life much easier.

Posted by Phil on September 21, 2009 at 02:14 AM PDT #

Sun Solaris support may be the next step, but Oracle still hasn't deliver 11g on Solaris x86_64 and Exadata2 require 11gR2.

But Oracle Support schedule shows CY2009Q4 as a release date for 11gR2/Solaris x86_64, so it is still permitted to hope :)

Posted by Laurent Schneider on September 28, 2009 at 06:15 PM PDT #

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