Posts by Marc Fielding
I’ve started putting together some information about the Oracle Database Appliance in question-and-answer form. If you have an unanswered question, ask away in the comment section in this post.
Greg Rahn of Oracle’s real-world performance group posted a technical review of an article I wrote last summer, entitled Making the Most of Oracle Exadata. I have a few comments on the technical concerns Greg raised.
For those of you in the New York City area, I’ll be speaking at the NYOUG joint BI/DW and Web SIG meeting. The topic will be a case study of Pythian’s Exadata implementation at LinkShare.
The Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control monitoring plug-ins for Exadata have been released. This is great news for Exadata users, since important components like InfiniBand switches previously had no direct monitoring. The plug-in bundle includes five separate monitoring plugins, here they are.
I just got an Exadata Customer Advisory e-mail from Oracle, identifying “an important issue that needs your immediate attention” and pointing to MOS note 1265396.1. The only fix is to upgrade to the newly-released version 22.214.171.124.1 of the storage server software.
I was searching oracle.com for some Exadata-related wait events, and noticed some hits popping up from formerly closely-held Exadata documentation. Upon closer look, I found the full Exadata V1 user’s guide. I hope the V2 documentation will be posted soon.
For those of you who weren’t able to attend my webinar last week “Implementing Exadata: the results are in, recordings are now available here online.
One of the key features of Exadata V2 is the flash cache. Although commonly thought of as an OLTP-specific feature, it has also been marketed as a data warehouse accelerator. According to this frequently-used presentation slide, a full Exadata rack provides 21 GB/sec of disk throughput and 50GB/sec of flash throughput. was testing throughput using a simple query, making use of both smart scans and parallel execution. Here’s what the objects look like. They’re running on a quarter rack system with a stated capacity of 4.5GB/sec disk and 11GB/sec flash.
Following up on my earlier webinar Implementing Oracle Exadata – Strategies for Success, I’ll be giving another webinar to present the results of the Exadata implementation at LinKShare. I’ll be talking about actual performance results, our zero-downtime go-live, compression experiences, and performance tuning in an Exadata environment.
It looks like our lucky recipients of plane rides with Sean D. Tucker had a great time. Pictures are below. Thanks again to Team Oracle for facilitating the flights.