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08 Oct 2014
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Certified Platinum Configurations [38723]
Engineered System, Hardware, Operating System, Oracle Database, Programs

The tables in this document describe the Certified Platinum Configurations as of the effective date of the applicable table. In order to determine which table applies to you, please note the following: (a) if you are installing Platinum Services for the first time, please refer to the most recent table noted below or (b) if you already have Platinum Services installed and/or are adding a new hardware system(s), please refer to any of the below tables...
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15 Sep 2014
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Making Sure Your Exadata Is Running Right [38359]
By Rick Ramsey

Rick writes, "Oracle makes some pretty big claims about its engineered systems, too. For instance, you've probably heard something along these lines for the Oracle Exadata Database Machine:

'An engineered system with preconfigured, pretuned, and pretested hardware and software components that is designed to be the highest performing and most available platform for running Oracle Database.

How can you know whether these claims are true? Because you have Brian Bream on your side, that's why. Brian is the Chief Technology Officer at Collier IT, and Instructor of the Year for both Oracle University and Sun Microsystems University. He knows his stuff. And he just wrote an article that will interest anyone who manages an Exadata Database Machine..."
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10 Sep 2014
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Build Your Own Exadata? Questions that make you go Hmmmm. [38249]
By Robert Freeman

Robert Freeman writes, "So, I've been told on occasion 'Hey, this Exadata stuff is expensive! I've just costed out my own Exadata Killer and it's like a quarter of the price. I'm just going to build my own!'

Yeah - right. I had the ability to participate in a discussion about this and I postulated a lot of things that I don't think that people who throw out the 'Build my own' argument ever consider. Let me share my thoughts with you about this. I'm going to chop this up into three parts over the next week or so.

Here are the thoughts I expressed:..."
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07 Sep 2014
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Gartner Positions Oracle in Leaders Quadrant for Integrated Systems [38142]
Architects, integrates, and implements the entire technology stack of hardware and software

"Gartner, Inc. has named Oracle a Leader in its latest Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems. Gartner's Magic Quadrant reports position vendors within a particular quadrant based on both their completeness of vision and their ability to execute.

The authors of Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems define integrated systems as 'combinations of server, storage, and network infrastructure, sold with management software that facilitates the provisioning and management of the combined unit.'..."
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05 Aug 2014
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Oracle Boosts Exadata Database Clusters With Custom Xeon E7s [37685]
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

TPM writes, "For some workloads, a big eight-socket server node with a hefty memory footprint is going to support a database workload better than four two-socket nodes in a database cluster, which is why Oracle offers two different flavors of its Exadata database machine. The Exadata clusters were updated with Intel's Xeon E5 v3 processors last November and now they are getting the option of having larger nodes based on Intel's Xeon E7 chips.

The new machine is called the Exadata X4-8, and by moving to the Xeon E7 v3 processors, the database nodes in the Exadata machine have a lot more cores and main memory that can be deployed to support a single database instance..."
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17 Jul 2014
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New Oracle Exadata Database Machine Optimized for Large-Scale In-Memory and Database Cloud Workloads [37395]
Exadata Database Machine X4-8 Features Extreme Compute, Storage, and Memory Capacity

Supporting large database workloads used to require large numbers of high-end servers and storage arrays. Now, with Oracle's new Exadata Database Machine X4-8, workloads that previously required dozens of racks of equipment can run dramatically faster on a single engineered system.

The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 delivers extreme compute and data throughput for large database workloads using powerful 8-socket database servers, intelligent storage, ultra-fast PCI flash cards, and unified InfiniBand connectivity.

While the Exadata Database Machine X4-8 excels at traditional database workloads such as online transaction processing (OLTP) and data warehousing, it is specifically optimized for a new generation of workloads: database as a service (DBaaS) and database in-memory. With up to 12 terabytes (TB) of DRAM memory, the Exadata Database Machine X4-8 can consolidate hundreds of databases and can run massive databases entirely in-memory.
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