​4 Actions to Perform Before Updating Exadata Software

Oracle Exadata Database machine built on multiple software which required updates periodically. Effective plan to update the software help to execute task effectively.

Exadata software updates apply to three major component on exadata machine. 
  • Exadata Database Server Update
  • Exadata Storage Server Update
  • Exadata RDMA Network Fabric switches​​
Further Exadata Server and Storage server updates contains.
  • Database Server Operating System
  • Exadata System Software
  • Oracle Database
  • Oracle Grid Infrastructure
  • Firmware for various hardware components
Below are the 4 actions you should perform before updating any software on Exadata machines, this can be consider as pre-requisite for update process.

Exadata Quick Reference 6: Important Oracle Exadata Configuration Files

Oracle Exadata and Storage cell having multiple configuration files which define the Exadata configuration. We have listed down the important configuration files for Compute and Storage node which can be used as quick reference for any kind of troubleshooting during Exadata support.

Exadata Compute Node:

/opt/oracle - contains dbserver software

World's Fastest Database Machine....

Recently Oracle announced World's fastest database machine Oracle Exadata Machine X8M.

Mainly two technologies has been adopted by this new machine.

  • Persistent Memory, adding a new shared storage acceleration tier
  • RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) network fabric, enabling 100 Gb/sec RDMA

OLTP, Analytics and Mixed workload can get significant benefits from Oracle Exadata X8M machine.

For more information on Oracle Exadata X8M, see datasheet of Exadata X8M.

You would also like our question bank for 1Z0-070 and 1Z0-338 exadata certification.

Exadata Quick Reference 5: Top Exadata Wait Events

Here listed down top and most critical Exadata wait events for the quick reference.

cell list of blocks physical read 
cell manager cancel work request
cell manager closing cell    
cell manager discovering disks   
cell manager opening cell    
cell multiblock physical read   
cell single block physical read  
cell smart file creation   
cell smart flash unkeep    
cell smart incremental backup   
cell smart index scan    
cell smart restore from backup   
cell smart table scan    
cell statistics gather     
cell worker idle     
cell worker online completion   
cell worker retry  

Newly Released: Oracle Exadata X8-2

This post is bit late but important if still you are not updated.

Recently Oracle announced Latest Oracle Exadata X8 which is specially design to expand more capacity in terms of storage by increasing the size of storage disk.

There no huge changes compare to Exadata X7. The major change is the size of disk from 10TB to 14TB which will ultimately help to reduce cost as Oracle Exadata storage includes license cost for storage disk also.

There are not change in number of CPU but clockspeed of CPU has been increased in newer version. There is no change in size of memory.

Third type of storage has been introduced, Storage Server XT. This is a storage node without flash cards and with less memory and only a single CPU. This type of node is intended for long term data storage for archiving purposes. It will cost considerably less than the regular storage nodes.

Check out this data sheet for the full specification overview: 

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