Tuesday Sep 15, 2009

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

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