Eye on Oracle

Sep 15 2010   5:12PM GMT

Is the next version of Exadata on its way?

Shayna Garlick Shayna Garlick Profile: Shayna Garlick

This summer, Oracle announced that sales of Oracle Exadata Version 2 would approach $1billion in 2011, though it took nearly a year after its release for Exadata V2 to gain interest among users.

So is now too soon to start thinking about Oracle Exadata Version 3?

We don’t even know if that’s what it will be called — Oracle has not made any official announcement – but blogger Kerry Osborne is speculating how the next version of Exadata will compare to V2. And, though much of the hype for next week’s Oracle OpenWorld conference has been around Fusion applications, Osborne says that he expects to see some Exadata V3 announcements at OpenWorld.

Exadata V2 was a drastic change from Oracle’s first version of Exadata, which hardly sold more than two dozen units. While the original Exadata was focused on data warehousing, V2 is focused on both its online transaction processing (OTLP) capabilities and data warehousing appliances.  Those who have reported success with V2 have seen great improvements in performance time and speed , especially as queries are distributed across both storage and compute nodes.

In its next version, Osborne thinks we’ll see more memory, more processing power and physically larger database servers that include the option of attaching external storage.  Osborne also speculates the following improvements:

  • More flexibility in configurations
  • Some analytic and aggregate functions offloaded to the storage layer
  • A stand alone storage unit with a variable number of trays, or other software to perform some of the SAN features

What do you think? Do you use Exadata V2? What would you like to see in the next version?

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