Data is exploding and Exadata is catching up. With the proliferation of cloud technology and in-memory databases; Oracle Exadata X6-2 and X6-8 has it all. It seems to be an ideal platform for hyper-convergence for any data center running Oracle products.
Following are some of the salient features of Oracle X6:
- The compute nodes have twenty two-core Intel Xeon E5-2699 v4 processors
- The memory is DDR4 and of size 256Gb and it can be expanded to 768Gb.
- The local storage can now be upgraded to 8 drives from default of 4.
- The cell servers have ten-core Intel Xeon E5-2630 v4 processors.
- Flashcache has become massive here reaching up to 12.8TB. Full rack has 179TB of flash.
- There will be up to 1.7 PB of disk capacity (raw) per rack.
- The infiniband network will have 40Gb/second. There is no change to Infiniband. In X5 it became active/active – but that’s the only difference.
- On the software side, there are many improvement but one thing which caught my eye is the feature that enables Storage Indexes to be moved along the data when a disk hits predictive failure or true failure. This surely will improve performance by a long way.
With X6, Exadata has surely come a long way forward.