Oracle Announces Exadata X3-2 and X3-8

Well, it’s finally public, so we’re able to openly talk about the new Exadata X3 systems.  Looking back on my pre-openworld predictions, I was pretty close on a few things.  I was correct on the database servers, which will have Xeon E5-2690 CPUs (8 core, 2.9GHz) with 128GB RAM upgradeable to 256GB.  It looks like […]

Exadata X3-2 1/8th Rack

There have been a couple of posts we’ve seen lately about expectations of an Exadata X3-2 and X3-8 release at Oracle Open World 2012.  I mentioned in my previous post about the possible release of an X3-2 1/8th rack configuration.  I had guessed that this would be similar to the old V2 basic system that […]

Upgrading the Oracle Database Appliance to Version 2.3.0.0.0

As you may have guessed, applying patches on the Oracle Database Appliance can be a little bit different from your standard Oracle environment.  Oracle releases a software version that covers all aspects of the ODA – firmware, operating system, and Oracle software stack (grid infrastructure, rdbms).  Versions are numbered like this (image courtesy MOS note […]

Enkitec Extreme Exadata Expo 2012

Enkitec will be hosting the first annual Enkitec Extreme Exadata Expo (E4) this August at the Four Seasons Hotel & Resort in Irving, TX.  While I would generally tell people to stay away from Texas in August, this event will definitely be worth it.  Enkitec has managed to stockpile some of the greatest minds in […]

Yum Repository for Oracle Enterprise Linux

One of the new requirements of the Exadata Storage Server patches (starting with 11.2.3.1.0) is that the compute nodes will be patched through yum.  Previously, the minimal pack was bundled with the storage server patch and applied directly to the database servers.  Instead of having the compute node directly receive updates from Oracle’s yum repository […]