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02 Aug 2013
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Sun Rack II capacity calculator [32053]
New version

A new release of the Sun Rack II capacity calculator is available on eSTEP portal.

The tool calculates all the data necessary (power requirements, BTU, number of rack units, needed power outlets etc.) while inserting the many different kind of HW equipment in a Sun Rack II cabinet (version 1000 and 1200). It takes into consideration most of the available servers, storage devices, tapes, and Netra products. There are also a couple of third party products which are taken into account.

The spreadsheet can be downloaded from eSTEP portal.
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17 Jul 2013
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Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine X3-4 [31862]
Features significant software enhancements and hardware updates

Oracle announced a new release of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine X3-4. The new system features significant software enhancements and hardware updates, dramatically expanding the capabilities of the industry's first high-speed engineered system for business analytics.

The new Exalytics X3-4 system features 2 TB of main memory, 2.4 TB of flash storage, and 5.4 TB of hard disk. Oracle also released system upgrades to increase memory capacity for existing Exalytics X2-4 customers, and updated software for all Exalytics customers.

Oracle Exalytics X3-4 system has been designed to provide organizations with a data driven competitive advantage by providing a packaged solution to manage the ever increasing volume, scale and scope of business questions that require real-time answers. Specific optimizations have been made to accelerate the platform's ability to handle strategic business questions in the areas of advanced planning, data discovery, scenario modeling, burst reporting and what-if analysis.
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31 May 2013
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Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 [31190]
Launch Webcast: Now on Demand

"You're invited to watch Oracle executives, including President Mark Hurd, in a replay of the launch Webcast introducing the latest release of Oracle Database Appliance. You'll also hear customers discuss how Oracle Database Appliance has revolutionized the way they deploy, manage, and support a database platform.

View the Webcast to learn how the latest release offers midsize businesses and enterprise departments a simple, reliable, affordable, and virtualized appliance that:

  • Increases performance up to 2x and expands storage capacity up to 4x
  • Hosts both databases and application workloads for a variety of complete solutions in a box
  • Extends capacity on-demand licensing to all Oracle software

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18 May 2013
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Making drawings with Oracle hardware components [31010]
Oracle-Servers.zip

Kemer Thompson writes, "For those of you who like to (or need to) create architectural drawings with reasonable renditions of components and all the requisite connections, you are probably already aware of Microsoft Visio, or for those of you who prefer Macs (such as myself), Omnigraffle Pro. Did you know that we have an open repository with a growing selection of components on VisioCafe? We just updated this Tuesday night, adding stencils of Oracle's new SPARC T5 and SPARC M5 servers. You will find them in the zip bundle Oracle-Servers.

We have also added Visio templates for Oracle's Exadata Database Machines. In case you didn't know the difference between stencils and templates, templates provide a more powerful (and efficient) representation that allows you to reorganize the racks to match your actual configuration..."
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13 Feb 2013
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Evaluating and Comparing Oracle Database Appliance Performance [29779]
White Paper Reports Performance on OLTP- and DSS-type Workloads

"Evaluating and Comparing Oracle Database Appliance Performance," an Oracle white paper, documents the performance testing on OLTP- and DSS-like workloads executing of Oracle Database Appliance. During the performance testing Oracle Database Appliance demonstrated scalable performance for both workloads. Using all 24 cores, Oracle Database Appliance supported 10,000 concurrent Swingbench users and more than 9800 Swingbench transactions per second while maintaining an average response time of less than 30ms. With the DSS type workload, Oracle Database Appliance easily supported a sustained IO throughput of more than 2400 MB/Second. Some configuration adjustments and tuning were needed to obtain maximum performance from the Oracle Database Appliance.
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12 Feb 2013
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Big Data Appliance X3-2 Updates [29776]
Review of Changes in Hardware and Software

The release of Big Data Appliance X3-2 includes improvements in both the hardware and in the software, reports Jean-Pierre Dijcks. The new 2 x 8-core count CPU (as compared to the earlier 2 x 6-core CPU) results in more parallel compute power while saving some 30% in energy and heat. Changes in the software include CDH 4.1.2 and the default set up of highly available name nodes for Hadoop, the Oracle Enterprise Manager management of the BDA, the uptake of the Oracle R Distribution and the updates to Oracle NoSQL Database, as well as numerous bug fixes.
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