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A warm welcome to Exadata SL6

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Exadata SL6-2
Nowadays, we’re used to the big X for the exadata’s. This stands for the x86 infrastructure they are running on. So in Exadata SL6-2, SL indicates “Sparc Linux”. You should follow the Oracle guys on twitter as well, you will see this product (Linux for sparc) is growing very rapidly. One of the questions which immediately pop into mind, which endianness is this using? Well, Linux on Sparc is using big endian as the Sparc chip itself is big endian.

 

 

So in my blog posts I was eagerly looking forward to the exadata SL6 spec-sheet!

 

A quote out of the datasheet:

“The Exadata SL6 Database Machine uses powerful database servers, each with two 32-core SPARC M7 processors and 256 GB of memory (expandable up to 1TB)

 

Exadata SL6 hardware

According Gurmeet Goindi’s blog (@exadatapm) on exadata SL6 it comes at the same cost as the intel based variant.

Exadata SL6-2 server hardware

Look what’s there! In stead of 2 QDR ports, we now have 4. And also the elastic configs remain. Also remarkable is that the storage cell’s remain on Intel based architecture.
This looks interesting as well (same as the X6-2 trusted partitions):

Manageability Features

  • Oracle Embedded Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM)
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Exadata Plug-in
  • Active AWR includes storage stats for end to end monitoring
  • IPv6 Support for Ethernet Connections
  • Capacity on Demand
  • Trusted Partitions for Oracle Virtual Machine
  • Automated VLAN Creation
  • Oracle Exadata Deployment Assistant
  • Separate Management Switch and Connectivity
  • Exacli command line management from remote servers
  • Cellcli command line management of Storage Servers
  • DCLI distributed command line automation tool

At this moment (or I have read over it) I can’t see yet how virtualisation will be done. So if someone has info about this, I would be happy to hear it. I heard several rumours about this, but I am eager to find out what it’s going to be!

One question remains … when will I be able to find a customer who buys it and let me get to the bottom of this 🙂

As always, questions, remarks? Find me on twitter @vanpupi

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