Thursday, April 7, 2016

Exadata X6 released -- quick info

Here is an overview of new generation Exadata.

X6-2 released and announced in oracle.com at April 5, 2016.

For each Database node:

2x 22 core Intel Xeon E5-2699 v4 “Broadwell"
Memory is DDR4 (by default 256GB, explandable to 768GB)
Local storage by default 4 drives. 4x600gb (10000 RPM)
No Flash
2x Infiniband ports QDR
3x 1/10GB ethernet port for client connections
1x 1/10GB ethernet port for management connections
2x 10GB optical Ethernet ports
1x ILOM port

For each Storage node:

High Capacity: (HC)

2x 10 core Intel Xeon E5-2630 v4 processor
128GB memory 
4x 3.2 TB Sun Accelerator Flash F320 NVMe PCIe cards 12.8 TB per server
2x Infiniband ports QDR
1x ILOM port

Extreme Flash: (EF)

2x 10 core Intel Xeon E5-2630 v4 processor
128GB memory 
8x 3.2 TB Sun Accelerator Flash F320 NVMe PCIe cards, 25.6 TB per server.
2x Infiniband ports QDR
1x ILOM port

Key Benefits:

  • Uncompressed I/O bandwidth of up to 350 GB/second per full rack from SQL 
  • Ability to perform up to 5.6M database 8K read I/O operations or 5.2M database 8K write I/O operations per second 
  • Easily upgrade to meet the needs of any size application
  • Scale by connecting multiple Exadata Database Machine X6-2 racks or Exadata Storage Expansion Racks. Up to 18 racks can be connected by simply connecting via InfiniBand cables and using internal switches. Larger configurations can be built with external InfiniBand switches 
  • Pre-configured system optimized for all database applications

What is introduced with Exadata X6 Software,

  • In memory columnar formats in storage servers : same format as the database in memory, super fast vector processing.
  • Aggregation in storage : aggregation offload to storage
  • Set-membership using new kind of Storage Index :  set membership offloaded to storage
  • Smart Fusion Block Transfer for moving block between nodes : new protocol for hot block transfer in RAC.
  • Automated rolling upgrade accross full stack: From DB, to OS , automated the entire process.
  • 2x faster disk recovery
  • Hierarchical Snapshots 
  • 2x application connections
  • Automated VLAN creation
  • Extended Distance Clusters: 
  • 2.5X faster software updates
  • High Redundancy on Quorum Disks on 1/4 and 1/8 racks
  • Preserve storage index on rebalance.
Capacity-On-Demand Licensing:

For Exadata X6-2 at least  14 cores must be enabled per server.
For Exadata X6-8 at least  56 cores must be enabled per server.

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