Oracle Announced Exadata Database Machine X6-2 and X6-8

Recently Oracle announced seventh generation Exadata Database Machine X6-2 and X6-8 with cloud enabling, more processing power, better networking and of course larger storage and memory than earlier version. In one sentence it's just awesome. 
Key features:
  • Up to 836 CPU cores and 14.6TB memory per rack for database processing
  • Up to 360 CPU cores per rack dedicated to SQL processing in storage
  • From 2 to 19 Database Servers per rack
  • From 3 to 18 Storage Servers per rack
  • Up to 460 TB of flash capacity (raw) per rack
  • Up to 1.7 PB of disk capacity (raw) per rack
  • Hybrid Columnar Compression often delivers 10X-15X compression ratios
  • 40 Gb/second (QDR) InfiniBand Network
  • Complete redundancy for high availability

You can go through the below link to get more details about this high performance Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

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Oracle Exadata Growth Story...

First exadata box V1 released in 2008 with the combination of Oracle software and HP hardware. Since that time Oracle came up with multiple exadata version with improved hardware and software. 

Oracle Exadata X6-2 released in Arpil-2016 which is the 7th generation of exadata. Since 2008 its first release V1, exadata gone under a number of significant changes in terms of resource performance and capacity. 

You can go through our earlier post for more detailed history of Exadata.

"The Only Permanent in Life is Change"

Following graphs will give you better understanding of exadata growth from V1 to X6 release. This article will also helps to the folks who are preparing for the certification.

Oracle Exadata Release Year:

Note: Growth given based on a full rack configuration of 14 storage servers, 8 compute servers.

Growth pattern for Database server memory:

Growth pattern for Database server CPU:

Growth pattern for Storage server CPU:

Growth pattern for Storage size:

Growth pattern for Flashcache:

Growth pattern for dataload rate:

Growth pattern for connectivity:

Be connected, we will continue the success story with next version :)

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Oracle To Grid and Database Upgrade On Exadata

Recently one of our consultant has upgraded grid and oracle database on Oracle Exadata from to He has shared upgrade instructions as per the Oracle best practice and documentation. 

Hope it will help who are planning to upgrade exadata environment.

If proper plan is in place than upgrade activity is not much difficult.

There are five main section for upgrade.

1. Prepare the Existing Environment
2. Install and Upgrade Grid Infrastructure to
3. Install Database Software
4. Upgrade Database to
5. Post-upgrade steps

Now let's see what all are the steps need to perform for each section.