Oracle Exadata X4 database machine – software insights

December 6, 2013 by Leave a comment 

The newest Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4 is available for ordering! After I reviewed in my last article some hardware insights of Oracle Exadata X4, let’s talk about the software options, improvements and new features that will be available soon in the new Exadata.

If you order an Oracle Exadat X4 system you can choose between two Oracle database versions: 11g or 12c.  The relevant database version will be pre-installed by Oracle Advanced Customer Support (ACS) Services with additional Grid infrastructure software including Oracle ASM and RAC. Prerequisite is that you have enough database and RAC licenses.

Oracle Exadata X4 Machine will be delivered with the new Exadata software version 11.2.3.3.0 that provides the following major capabilities:

– Automatic Flash compression on X3 and X4 systems
– Improved support for consolidation of multiple databases
– Many management improvements
– Many robustness and availability improvements

See below some major new Exadata software featurues that are going to be incorporated to the new X4 machines.
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Oracle Exadata X4 database machine – hardware insights

November 30, 2013 by Leave a comment 

The last version of Oracle Exadata Database Machine X3 was announced shortly before the Oracle Open World 2012 Conference. It was great to see at that time more power for the same price, 1/8 rack option and the new Platinum Services on the top. General availability date for the new Oracle Exadata X4-2 is not finally communicated at the moment but I guess it will be released already early in 2014. Below I give some insights of the expected hardware changes  compared to Exadata X3.

As with the previous version Exadata X4 will provide large performance and capacity increases with no changes in Exadata Hardware or Software Prices. Increased CPU cores may require more database licenses though.

Hardware changes in Oracle Exadata X4-2 Database Server

– 50% More Database Cores (2 Twelve-Core Intel® Xeon® E5-2697 v2 Processors x 2.7GHz)
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Oracle DOAG 2013 Conference highlights

November 23, 2013 by Leave a comment 

DOAG Conference 2013 in Nuremberg

DOAG Conference 2013 in Nuremberg

The German Oracle User Group (DOAG) came together this week in Nuremberg at the annual Oracle users’ conference. It was three days of pure knowledge, the most current information on using Oracle solutions, and the exchange of hands-on experience. In addition to about 450 keynote sessions, technical lectures and presentations, the exhibition offered a comprehensive overview of the services and products on the market from about 60+ companies.

Being a part of the event I had also the great opportunity to expand my network and benefit from the know-how of the Oracle community. This time DOAG could attract a lot of the Oracle technology gurus from all over the world including members of Swiss and Austrian Oracle User Groups and the Oracle experts from Oak Table Community. All of this complemented with modern facility of the Nuremberg Convention Center, great organization and nice networking events. Read more »

My Oracle presentation at 25 years of DOAG anniversary

September 23, 2013 by Leave a comment 

25 years anniversary of German Oracle User Group (DOAG)

25 years anniversary of German Oracle User Group (DOAG)

Last week on Tuesday, 17th of September on the occasion of 25 years anniversary of German Oracle User Group (DOAG), a DOAG Regional meetings around entire Germany took place. I visited the event in the Oracle Office in Nuremberg. It started with live broadcasting of DOAG chairman greeting Dr. Dietmar Neugebauer in all the German regions and DOAG groups at 17:00. Then it continued with a live presentation of Dierk Lenz on a subject Is it worth the migration from Oracle 5 to 12c. With one DOAG quiz the jointed part finished. After that I gave a presentation in Nuremberg on the subject Oracle database High Availability strategy, architecture and solutions. Since I architect, build and administer Oracle database environments for more a decade also doing service management I could manage to combine a 25 page presentation from my previous reports and experience. I must admit that when I started preparing this topic I realized it’s so extensive and complex that I decided starting slowly describing the things that any DBA or Infrastructure architect should understand before building a high available database system in my next few articles on my DBMS Blog.

After my presentation we had an interesting discussion on the same topic. I also took a few pictures including a funny fridge in form of Oracle Exadata machine in Oracle office. I share them in this post as well as my presentation: Read more »

Oracle OpenWorld 2012 Wrap Up – Part 2

October 19, 2012 by Leave a comment 

Oracle technology highlights at OpenWorld 2012

Key Session – Oracle technology highlights at OpenWorld 2012

Read below is the second part of Oracle OpenWorld 2012 Wrap Up. It’s about OEM Cloud Control, Unstructured data, Database Consolidation and some other topics. Read more »

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