Exadata Storage Server Version 12.1.1.1.0 Released

Oracle has released the much-anticipated version of cellsrv compatible with Oracle Database 12.1.0.1 (patch #16980054). Before thinking about upgrading, read MOS note #1571789.1 carefully.  Unless you are planning to run database 12c on your Exadata, it would be advisable to continue down the 11.2 branch of the cellsrv software, which currently has a latest version… Read More »

Oracle Announces Exadata X4-2

Today, Oracle announced the Exadata X4-2 model.  The X4 has some considerable improvements, namely: 12-core Intel Xeon e5-2697 CPUs, up from the 8-core models found in the X3-2 (hello, database licenses!) 256GB RAM per database server, upgradeable to 512GB 96GB RAM per storage server 800GB Sun Flash F80 cards – 3.2TB of storage per cell… Read More »

Stuck Timezone Upgrades and Smart Scans

I heard a strange report from a client late last week – they weren’t getting any smart scans on their Exadata – a data warehouse, no less (and we checked to see if cell_offload_processing was set to true).  Queries would run normally, but for some reason, the “cell physical IO interconnect bytes returned by smart… Read More »

Virtualization on Exadata?

A while back, I noticed this session in the Open World 2013 content catalog.  I didn’t think much of it at the time, other than that it had a catchy title.  The other day, I downloaded the latest Exadata deployment utility via the OneCommand tool.  I noticed something a little strange when I was going… Read More »

Reminder – “Getting Ready for Exadata” Seminar in London

Just a quick reminder – I’ll be presenting my “Getting Ready for Exadata” seminar in London on July 1. We’ll cover various topics on what you need to know before you purchase an Exadata and how to manage one of these systems on a daily basis. We’ll have lots of time for Q&A, and most… Read More »

dbnodeupdate.sh on Exadata Compute Nodes

Rene Kundersma at Oracle just published a nifty new utility named dbnodeupdate.sh that will assist with the sometimes-cumbersome process of updating the compute nodes in an Exadata environment.  Starting last year with 11.2.3.1.0, Oracle introduced yum updates for the Exadata compute nodes.  Previously, each Exadata storage server patch came with a “minimal” or “convenience” pack… Read More »

Adding Windows DNS Records Via Command-Line

This is something that is almost completely off-topic, but something I’ve found myself doing quite a bit at Enkitec.  You see, we keep adding new hardware (Big Data Appliance in August, new Exadata X3-2 earlier this year), and that means that we need to add a bunch of DNS entries at once.  Even an eighth… Read More »

Exadata 11.2.3.2.1 NFS Issues – Ksplice Support for Exadata?

When the 11.2.3.2.1 release of the Exadata Storage Server software was released, I was a little excited.  There were numerous oneoff patches for the previous release, 11.2.3.2.0, which was the first version to support the Exadata X3, writeback flashcache, run UEK on the X#-2 systems, etc.  With that many large changes introduced in one version,… Read More »

2013 Presentation Schedule

Well, it’s been a really busy past few months, and I hate to admit it, but I’ve been neglecting this space more than anything. Despite having many different posts in the works, nothing is quite finished yet. I do have a little time to mention a few of my upcoming speaking events, though. First, I’ll… Read More »

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… Read More »