Last years Oracle Openworld, uncle Larry announced the sparc based exadata SL6-2, so this means that we have to give the sparc chips a warm welcome to the Exadata family.
During the conference I wrote 2 blogposts. You can find them here and here.
To recap, a little picture of the new one in the family:
Nowadays, we’re used to the big X for the exadata’s. This is for the x86 infrastructure they are running on. So SL stands for “Sparc Linux”. You should follow the Oracle guys on twitter as well, then you see this product (Linux for sparc) is growing very rapidly. One of the questions which pop into the mind directly, which endianness is this using? Well, linux on sparc is using big endian as the sparc chip itself is big endian.
So in my blog posts I was eagerly looking forward to the spec-sheet and here it is! http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/exadata/exadata-sl6-ds-3547824.pdf
A shameless copy out of the datasheet:
“The Exadata SL6 Database Machine uses powerful database servers, each with two 32-core SPARC M7 processors and 256 GB of memory (expandable up to 1TB)”
According Gurmeet Goindi’s blog (@exadatapm) it comes at the same cost as the intel based variant. You can read his blog here: https://blogs.oracle.com/exadata/entry/exadata_sl6_a_new_era
Look what’s there! In stead of 2 QDR ports, we now have 4. And also the elastic configs remain. Also remarkable is that the storage cell’s remain on Intel based architecture.
This looks interesting as well (same as the X6-2 trusted partitions):
On this moment (or I have read over it) I can’t see yet how virtualisation will be done, so if someone has info about this, I will be happy to hear this. I heard several rumours about this, but I am eager to find out what it’s going to be!
One question remains … when will I be able to find a customer who buys it and let me explore this to the bottom 🙂
As always, questions, remarks? find me on twitter @vanpupi