Smoking! Running Apps 11i on the HP Oracle Database Machine

[Editor Dec. 6, 2010 Update:  At the time this article was originally written in January, 2009, the only product in this server class was the HP Oracle Database Machine.  As of December, 2010, Oracle now offers a second-generation server: the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8.  All statements about E-Business Suite compatibility made below apply equally to both hardware generations.]

Picture of HP Oracle Exadata Storage Server

Like every sysadmin I know, I yearn for bigger, beefier servers for my E-Business Suite environments.  I've been dreaming about the new HP Oracle Database Machine since its unveiling at OpenWorld 2008. 

In case you missed that announcement, this is a server with mainframe-class street cred: up to 14 GB/second in raw I/O bandwidth, which translates to up to 50 GB/second when handling compressed data.  Storage scales up to petabytes when combined with the HP Oracle Exadata Storage Server.  This machine is optimized for handling huge Oracle databases, so it's inevitable that EBS customers with large databases have shown interest in this hardware. 

The Database Machine runs Oracle Database 11gR1 and Real Application Clusters on Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.1.  We've just certified Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i with the 11gR1 database release, so it's now possible to run Apps 11i on this hardware. 

Coming Up:  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12

Once we certify Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 on the 11g Database, you'll be able to run Apps R12 on this server, too.   As usual, I don't have specifics that I can publish about that particular certification, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.  

If you've been lucky enough to get your hands on this hardware for some E-Business Suite benchmarking, our Applications Performance and Applications Platforms groups would love to hear from you.

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Very cool. Unfortunately (or not) I have no clients who need such an expensive system for their Apps system . Who provides the Hardware support? HP or Oracle? I know yet to find a single client of mine that wanted to go to Oracle Support for anything more than they had to, based on their experiences with Apps.

Posted by Jay Weinshenker on January 03, 2009 at 01:50 AM PST #

In addition to Steve's Exadata-related information here, I'd like to point to the following resources as well:

Posted by Kevin Closson on January 03, 2009 at 03:38 AM PST #

I'm surprised at this blog entry as the exadata DB machine is being marketed towards data warehouses. I saw Larry speak at open world, and as I recall, OLTP systems benchmarking was not really remarked upon. All the slides I saw only provided data warehouse stats.

Nonetheless, I bet 11i EBS does smoke on this VERY expensive hardware.

I cannot wait to see some "real world" comparisons such as running Autoinvoice for 100k records on this box vs other hardware from Sun, Dell, IBM.


Posted by Brad Moreland on January 04, 2009 at 11:26 AM PST #

I can't wait to get my hands on one of these...

Posted by Arnoud Roth on January 04, 2009 at 03:38 PM PST #


Oracle Database is also certified for R12 (12.0.4).


Posted by Rao on January 04, 2009 at 04:27 PM PST #

Hi, Rao,

Thanks for your comment. This is true, but unfortunately, not relevant to HP Oracle Database Machine interoperability yet. Remember this server runs, not R12 users will need to wait for to be certified before they can run their environment on this new hardware.


Posted by Steven Chan on January 05, 2009 at 02:10 AM PST #

Hi, Brad,

It's true that the marketing materials for this server have focused heavily on the data warehousing segment. This doesn't prevent EBS users from taking advantage of this new technology, though.

Our Applications Performance Group has been working through the process of getting access to one of these machines for detailed EBS benchmarking. Like you, I'm looking forward to seeing their results with real EBS data!


Posted by Steven Chan on January 05, 2009 at 02:16 AM PST #

Hi, Kevin,

My apologies -- something had happened to my RSS feed to your site and I'd somehow missed that you'd been covering this in such detail. Makes sense, seeing as how you're part of the development team for this server.

I'm planning a blog roundup of the latest recommended sites and will be sure to highlight your site once again.


Posted by Steven Chan on January 05, 2009 at 02:21 AM PST #

No problem, Steve.

Posted by Kevin Closson on January 05, 2009 at 08:20 AM PST #

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