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A warm welcome to exadata SL6-2

A warm welcome to exadata SL6-2

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:

Exadata SL6-2

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

Exadata SL6-2 hardware specifications

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):

Exadata SL6-2 mgmt features

 

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

 

 

 

My trip to Oracle Openworld 2016 #OOW16

My trip to Oracle Openworld 2016 #OOW16

It all started a couple of months ago. I submitted a presentation and my friend Philippe Fierens submitted a panel session together with Adam Bolinski (Ora600.pl) , but unfortunately, I’m joining #teamRejected Lots of cool and nice people had to join as well, so it’s not too bad.
Then great news came and my boss asked if I was interested of visiting Oracle Openworld. I didn’t have to think twice, so my answer was yes very quickly.

The trip starts early. Very early … on saturday at 04:30 in the morning we had the appointment at the company. There a little coach picked us up and after a 2hour drive, we arrived at schiphol.

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A nice group of friendly and interesting people traveling together. This will be fun!

After a short check-in, bagage drop-off and all other security checks, we had breakfast and after that, off we go!

 

img_0868 Immediately it became very clear what the main topic of this Oracle Openworld would be: CLOUD! 🙂

Personally, I’m very sceptic to this new “hype”, but the only way to know if I’m right or wrong is to go with an open mind and experience it.

 

 

10:30h of flying later, we safely landed in San Francisco. Then the necessary checks, and we took a cab to the hotel. Checking in and then off we went to the Moscone center for the registration.

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It IS impressive. People told me it’s big and large, but if you stand there for yourself, you know they’re right. This is going to be cool.

After registration we went for a walk. Doing something a little bit active in order not to suffer from the jetlag. Then I received a message from Philippe, he’s already at Jillians, so we went to have some drinks together to catch up. Always nice to see friends again! And friends do have some good ideas, this night’s dinner would be sushi. A very typical sushi bar but so good! If I could find it back, I would recommend it!

The next day, sunday, ok there are already some sessions, but for my first time in San Francisco I really wanted to see the bridge. So with the oracle belgium people we we went biking. After riding the Goldengate bridge and taking the Ferry back, it’s time to follow some sessions.

I tried to create a varying schedule filled with attending some sessions and going to the demo-grounds. My personal feeling was that you really had to search well for technical sessions, whilst when walking a moment in the demo grounds, you could talk to lots of technical people and some of my questions I had were answered very quickly. So it became clear very quickly that this was the place to be.

Sunday evening, the glorious moment of every OOW – virgin. Larry’s keynote. To be honest, he let me down. After hearing so much about the keynotes maybe my expectations were a bit high but, it is an impressive event. We closed the evening with some drinks and then … early to bed!

Monday a day full of sessions/demogrounds/… but most of all, trying to get to know as much as possible about the newly announced exadata, the Exadata SL6-2. A sparc based engineered system which I think Oracle is going to push pretty hard. Engineers I was talking to, said that this machine is to be used in the Oracle cloud. Still trying to figure out on how to check it easily to confirm this.

Tuesday it became very clear that Oracle is focusing on cloud … but … “there will be a coexistence of about 10 a 15 years”. I like this, but in some way it feels like they aren’t very confident in their own product, but time will tell. Larry held his second keynote and this was really what I had expected. If you’re curious, you can see it here. And that evening we had a blast during the benelux party. So we went early to bed, literally 🙂

Wednesday, the last full day. I spent most of the time on the demo grounds this day. Taking a picture of the famous America’s cup  and an interesting session about the exadata technical deep dive and internals. Congratulations also to Oren Nakdimon (@dboriented on twitter), he had a nice presentation about upgrading his pl/sql code without any downtime on standard edition.

Last full day, apparently means also the appreciation event. It was announced to be Billy Joel, but he cancelled and was replaced by Gwen Stefani and Sting. Personally, I’m not really a Gwen Stefani fan … but Sting was really fantastic and he got the atmosphere going!

Thursday was a day of buying some presents for home and rushing to the airport.

A common topic through many presentations and talks at the geek theatre at the demo grounds is encryption. It’s almost named in one sentence with cloud. Which they immediately turn directly to sparc. So my guess is sparc will be pushed more and more. Just because of the encryption on the chip and the software in silicon which can help you with the in-memory option of the oracle database. This screams for some tests.

In summary, my first Oracle Openworld experience was fantastic. I can advise everybody that you need to have experienced it at least once. Such nice friendly people, and lots of knowledge transfer. Thanks Exitas for letting me doing this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Exadata SL6-2!

Welcome Exadata SL6-2!

EDIT: a new entry about this Exadata SL6-2 launch can be found here!

During a session of Juan Loaiza with the lovely title “Oracle exadata: what’s new and what’s coming” suddenly following slide popped up.

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So it looks like this is really going to happen. In the session no exact timings were given, but I’m awaiting this system to play with.

Basically I think this will be useful to migrate current solaris / sparc users to exadata. I’m a bit sceptic about these extreme performance numbers, but hey … if it’s launched, i’ll be happy to test it.

To be continued!

Exadata on sparc: sl6-2

Exadata on sparc: sl6-2

EDIT: a new entry about this Exadata SL6-2 launch can be found here!

Yesterday while walking to Larry’s keynote  on Oracle OpenWorld 2016, all people had to pass the engineered systems.

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Curious as I am, and fed by lots of rumors I wanted to have a look at them. And indeed, there was one “new” one standing.

the nice thing is that you just can talk to the guys and this extremely friendly guy told me “this one is being announced on Tuesday”. It’s all about the exadata sl6-2. You’d think, ok another exadata, but this one is a bit special. The compute nodes are sparc t7 based and they run Linux on sparc. The nice thing they have 2ib cards and thus potentially 160gb/s available. Sounds something nice to test 🙂

Storage cells are still Intel, but who knows what’s going to come. I had the chance to play with it a very short bit and it’s really running Linux on sparc, ofcourse it’s just exploring and it should be available around December and the virtualized version was to be expected around May 2017. Anyhow, I ‘ll be attending the keynote (so that’s why Larry will do a second one 🙂 ) and then we’ll hopefully know more.

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What I know now is that it will come in same elastic configurations as the current Intel based exadata’s

Anyhow … To be continued!