When the 22.214.171.124.1 release of the Exadata Storage Server software was released, I was a little excited. There were numerous oneoff patches for the previous release, 126.96.36.199.0, 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, it was likely to see some bugs in the .0 release. Fortunately, Oracle was quick to fix many of those issues, but it resulted in several separate patches to update the cellsrv software.
I was working with (more...)
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 be in Denver for the Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group Training Days 2013, February 11-13. Enkitec has more than a few sessions during the conference, ranging from Exadata to Big Data to APEX. Check out the agenda for a full list. Also, we'll have an (more...)
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 we won't get active/active Infiniband for a while, since the cards in there are staying the same. On the X3-8, the compute nodes are staying the same, for reasons detailed by Kevin Closson a few weeks ago. I also previously blogged about the (more...)
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 would include one compute node, one storage server, and one infiniband switch - all placed in your own rack. It sounds like I was a little bit off from this original idea.
Oracle has stopped taking orders on X2-2 and X2-8 hardware, and we have (more...)
With only a month away from Larry Ellison's keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2012, I thought that I would make a couple of wild guesses about new products that may or may not get announced this year. I'll lump them into a few educated guesses and wild conjecture. Insert standard blogging disclaimer (please read this part, Oracle lawyers):
Everything contained in this blog post is pulled from publicly available information and conclusions drawn from products that are currently available outside of Exadata. None of this information comes from within Oracle - not that Oracle would be willing to give me any (more...)
I've got a handful of presentations coming up in the latter part of the year, so I thought I'd add a quick post with where all I'm going to be. Seems like I'm all over the map and I couldn't stop thinking of a game that I played way back when I was in elementary school. Well, over the next few months, I'll be in a few places talking about Exadata, OEM, and other Oracle topics. Here's a list of where I'll be, and what I'll be talking about.
Oracle Open World (San Francisco, CA - September 30 - October (more...)
If you missed Andy Mendelsohn's keynote at E4 last week, you may not have heard the hubbub that surrounded one of his last slides (tweeted by Frits Hooogland here). The mention of the write-back enticed Kevin Closson to talk about the potential ramifications of such a feature. There's a lot of information on that slide to digest (what's a pluggable database? virtualization of database servers?), but I'm going to focus on the flash-based write-back cache. Note that this is not mentioning the "Exadata Smart Flash Log" featured introduced last year with the 188.8.131.52.0 cell (more...)
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 #1397680.1:
The ODA was initially released with version 184.108.40.206.0, and has seen several releases over the last year:
||CPU bugfix, 220.127.116.11.5 GI PSU5
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 the world regarding Exadata and the Oracle database in general. A quick list of some of the speakers:
They've even invited a (more...)
One of the things that I've touched on before that tends to bother me - role separated grid infrastructure installations - gave me another reason to show my dislike a few weeks ago. While working on a system that was being upgraded from 18.104.22.168 to 22.214.171.124, we ran into a strange issue. After upgrading from 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52, we could no longer connect to our databases. When we would attempt to connect remotely, we would get:
[acolvin@homer ~]$ sqlplus system@odademo
SQL*Plus: Release 11.2. (more...)