Re: "egenera" 10gRAC ? -- Responses

  • From: Hemant K Chitale <hkchital@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2006 21:49:40 +0800

Thank you, all, for your feedback.

From Mark Teehan :
We've been running RAC on eGenera linux blades for about three years now (in singapore and other locatons)- currerntly we have 10.1 RAC and 10.2 RAC. The new opteron blades, with 32GB of RAM allow you to run quite a number of instances. The drivers can be a bit tricky as eGenera use their own virtual network interfaces and that may cause some stability issues. But we run a lot of business off eGenera's with no problems.

From Alex Gorbachev :
I can say that our clients are quite happy with it and we have great
experience with that platform. If you are interested in any particular
detail, drop me a mail.

From Matt Zito :

We've got extensive experience with 10gR2 + egenera. Short story: RAC works equally well with egenera as normal hardware. Long story: since the egenera boxes look just like normal servers, there's no advantage either way. Egenera talks a good game about their software helping with RAC, but I've never seen a customer leverage their provisioning or anything like that to help make RAC easier to deploy (in fact, we've had a number of companies come to us to do RAC provisioning on egenera). I have heard people complain that the egenera interconnect is unstable under very high IO loads, but have not seen it myself. My .02 on the matter: Egenera is very expensive compared with what you can get by assembling your own hardware. The commoditization of high-speed compute connects using InfiniBand means that the last argument for Egenera - that you can dynamically create IO connections with high throughput - has gone away. Just go buy your hardware vendor of choice and get Topspin IB from Cisco with their IO allocation technology.

Hemant K Chitale


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