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A Review of the New Oracle Database Appliance X6-2S and X6-2M for Small and Medium Orgs

Posted on June 22, 2016 by Erik Benner

Tags: Oracle Database Appliance, ODA, Database, Engineered Systems, Oracle

This week, Oracle announced the first few systems of the next generation of the popular Oracle Database Appliance (ODA), the X6. The big news with this is that this generation of ODA is the first Engineered System that supports Standard Edition Database! The X6 generation also introduced several low cost options, with an entry level ODA starting at $18,000 list. Don’t take the fact that this is entry level leads you to think that it’s going to perform like a commodity x86 system, this still includes the secret sauce that Engineered Systems are famous for. The new S&M models are pure NVME flash based storage, with I/O 3x faster than traditional flash SSDs. The new S&M models have about 2.4TB usable space, and with the NVME expansion that can grow to 4.8TB.

NVM Express (NVME) is architected from the ground up for flash storage technology, also know as Non-Volatile Memory (NVM). NVME significantly improves both random and sequential performance by reducing latency, enabling high levels of parallelism, and streamlining the command set while providing support for security, end-to-end data protection. For the Database, this means that NVME based storage provides up to 3x performance improvement over legacy flash SSD.

The X6-2s includes 10 cores, 128G of ram, and 500G SSD boot disk, and a pair of 3.6T NVME drives for data. Network includes dual 10G-BaseT ports, and a pair of 10G SFP+ ports. You can also double the RAM and NVME storage.

The X6-2m doubles the CPU and memory for just $6,000 more! CPU is now 20 cores, and the unit ships with 256G of memory. You also gain two additional 10G-BaseT ports, for a total of four 10GBaseT ports plus and two 10G SFP+ ports! As with the “small” model, you can optionally double the RAM and NVME capacity.

The new ODA software 12.1.2.7.0 includes several new and powerful features.

Web Console for deploying the ODA, patching the ODA and management tasks. This simplifies administration for less experienced administrators, and compliments the EM Lite interface with Database 12c.

The Command Line Interface (CLI) moves to odacli and odaadmcli , with a new command set that should be easier for administrators to work with. odacli focuses on database management tasks, and odaadmcli are more for the system administrator with managing disk, memory and hardware. The new CLI also supports scripting, for more advanced administrators. The new ODA management software also adds support for a REST API, perfect for DEVOPs and AGILE environments.

On the new SM, since it is all NVME flash, you have a high performing database, perfect for OLTP workloads, with latency running about 100ms. I/O Operations per Second (IOPS) on the base configuration are 120k write and 240k read , and with the NVME expansion drives , that doubles to 240k write and 480k read. Yes, a 1RU database appliance with the IOPS performance that most dedicated SAN storage arrays can not match!

There are many new features with the next generation of ODA, including custom rations of DATA/RECO when deploying new systems, simplified management of networks and VLANs, support for ASM or ACFS which will simplify migrations from older ODAs, Integrated stack security. 

Need to know more about how you can turbo charge your OLTP workloads, please reach out to your Mythic’s sales rep. Mythic’s is the leading partner for the Oracle Database Appliance, being not only the first Specialized partner for the ODA, but also deployment experience with hundreds of ODAs. We also have multiple ODAs in our Technology Innovation Center, where we can show you the new ODA software, and how it works for your needs, but also how it can integrate the ODA with existing systems like the Exadata for supporting dev/test workloads, or a low cost disaster recovery option.

Erik Benner, Enterprise Architect, Mythics Inc.

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