Yesterday, Oracle announced the first Oracle/Sun post-merger announcement of a an integrated hardware/software product, known as Exadata Version 2 (see here). The previous version of Exadata was built on HP hardware, but it’s no surprise that Oracle has turned to Sun for this, though the timing of the announcement makes it hard to tell whether the decision to use Sun hardware came before or after the merger announcement in April.
On the hardware side it’s not particularly exciting, standard Intel Xeon 55xx-based Sun servers (not SPARC in case you were wondering) combined with Sun’s FlashFire SSD storage subsystem. Interesting, but not earth shattering in it’s ingenuity or innovation. I expect that you’ll see FLASH memory heavily used in future database configurations from many vendors. Dell, HP, and IBM are working with Fusion-IO and Dell has already published record breaking TPC-H benchmark numbers using Fusion-IO technology (see here) so it’s only a matter of time before this becomes common practice.
Unfortunately, the information available from Oracle at this point has no performance data to back this claim, maybe the “teased” October 14th announcement (see here) will fill in the blanks. Personally, I think that people will need to see more innovation from Oracle/Sun if the hardware part of the business is to survive.
Posted by: Nik Simpson