RE: Oracle RAC Server Conf.

  • From: "Matthew Zito" <mzito@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <oraracdba@xxxxxxxxx>, <exriscer@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2010 16:15:17 -0500

I was being a little tongue in cheek in my original post, following along with 
the previous poster.  My only comment about proprietary is that I can't call up 
Oracle and buy the exadata software license and then install it on any machine 
I want, or with any storage I want.  Is that *really* proprietary?  Well, it's 
certainly inflexible.

None of this is a knock on exadata - I was just continuing in Robert's vein of 
pointing out that the original user gave almost no boundaries or parameters for 
what they're looking for.

And yes, you can run the Exadata software on a VM, though you obviously lose 
the InfiniBand RDMA performance enhancements.


-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Heisey [mailto:oraracdba@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Sun 1/24/2010 2:39 PM
To: exriscer@xxxxxxxxx
Cc: Matthew Zito; 'Oracle-L Freelists'
Subject: RE: Oracle RAC Server Conf.
Yes, SUN/HP install and configure the HW but this typical for most HW vendors 
of middle to high end installs. This is also typical of disk array vendors as 
well. Oracle Advanced Customer Support (ACS) does a basic install and creates a 
skeleton DB and that is all. Oracle consulting is typically not engaged in 
exdata unless the customer asks for consulting. 


After this install then the environment is yours. You can tune and manage this 
environment just like you would any Oracle environment. 


The only thing is that exdata comes with void the warranty rules. Oracle has 
some strict rules for exadata HW. 


1.       No one else can plug into the infiband network

2.       No other equipment other than SUN/HP in the rack.


If the Cell cmcli packages where not tied to the infiniband firmware you could 
build this on your own with any network. I have not personally done this but 
you should be able to build an exadata environment out of virtualized 



If you don't want to follow these rules then you can just by the equipment 
piecemeal just as we have for years. 


My original point is that exadata is no more proprietary than any other HW 
vendor. At this time exadata is a niche product and trying to move into a all 
purpose product with V2. 


In general the rack configuration you want is what you can afford. If you are 
just testing then Ebay is great place. You can buy and setup 3 linux quad cores 
for under $1500. Use 1 box as an iscsi target and the other 2 as a cluster. I 
bought 2 SUN U60's and a D1000 off of ebay in 2002 and they still run like 


From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of LS Cheng
Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2010 1:42 AM
To: oraracdba@xxxxxxxxx
Cc: mzito@xxxxxxxxxxx; Oracle-L Freelists
Subject: Re: Oracle RAC Server Conf.


Only Oracle support and consultants can install, configure, modify an 
Exadata/DB Machine software platform. So why learn something when you cannot 
ever touch it...?

Probably that is wgar Mat means


On Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 6:44 AM, Scott Heisey <oraracdba@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Matt, Just out of curiosity, what makes exadata proprietary? The version of 
Oracle on exdata is not special and neither is linux. You are stuck with HP or 
SUN as the vendor infiniband for the network and there is specific HBA that is 


I wouldn't call exdata any more proprietary than IBM HW. However exadata is a 
HW solution for a particular application like DWH. 




From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Matthew Zito
Sent: Saturday, January 23, 2010 1:19 PM
To: robertgfreeman@xxxxxxxxx; verma.labs@xxxxxxxxx; Oracle-L Freelists
Subject: RE: Oracle RAC Server Conf.



Personally, I'd say skip the Exadata platform - why lock yourself into a 
proprietary architecture?  Buy 100 2 x 4-core processor servers with 48GB of 
RAM each.  That should give you a really good sense of whether your application 
will scale in RAC environments.  Of course, to make sure I/O doesn't become a 
bottleneck, I'd recommend a 2000-disk EMC VMAX with a mix of flash and fibre 
channel drives.  Each one of the servers should have at least 4 4-Gb/sec links 
into the SAN.

This is just for the development environment, of course. 

Or, the OP could just google "oracle rac test environment" and see the options 
presented.  For me, the third one is "Build Your Own Oracle RAC Cluster on 
Oracle Enterprise Linux and iSCSI", which definitely won't be as fast as our 
solutions, but is almost certainly cheaper.  Or, the sixth option down the page 
is a presention by the always-popular Dan Norris on building a RAC environment 
with VMware.


-----Original Message-----
From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Robert Freeman
Sent: Sat 1/23/2010 11:52 AM
To: verma.labs@xxxxxxxxx; Oracle-L Freelists
Subject: Re: Oracle RAC Server Conf.

I'd buy 2 Oracle Exadata 2 servers with about 10tb of storage. You can do lots 
of testing there!!
OH! You say that does not meet your budgetary requirements? Did you mention 
what your needs or requirements were?


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From: AMIT VERMA <verma.labs@xxxxxxxxx>
To: oracle-l <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sat, January 23, 2010 7:49:17 AM
Subject: Oracle RAC Server Conf.


i would like to test oracle rac 10g & 11g. please advise me what os, vm  &  
hardware should i use..

thanks in advance
amit v

Amit Verma

"Winning takes talent but it takes character to keep winning"


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