Re: ODA 12.1.2 Databases on ACFS

From: Job Miller <>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:44:39 +0000
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From the FAQ: Oracle Database Appliance customers can purchase database and database option licenses starting from a minimum of 2 processor cores, up to the Oracle Database Appliance X5-2 system maximum of 72 processor cores. Customers can start small, licensing only the processor cores they use and purchase additional licenses as their business demand grows. The whole setup from a hardware perspective has a list price of 60k. The $60k gets you:

A 6U rack mountable system  containing two Oracle Linux servers and one storage shelf.  Each server features two 18­ core Intel Xeon E5­2699 v3 processors, 256 GB of memory, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) external networking connectivity.  The two servers are connected together via a redundant InfiniBand interconnect for cluster communication  and share direct ­attached high performance SAS storage.

The appliance contains 64 TB of raw storage that’s double­mirrored or triple­mirrored, offering 32 TB or 21.3 TB, respectively, of resilient usable database storage. In addition, there are four 400 GB solid ­state drives for frequently accessed data and four 200 GB solid­state drives  for database redo logs to  boost performance. The appliance is also designed with misssion ­critical requirements in mind, with hot­swappable and redundant components.

If you only need to use a few cores for an HA Oracle DB, you can use the rest of it with Oracle's VM to run your application workload as well.What you could save in EE + RAC licensing alone makes the $60k hardware cost for a fully configured DB appliance almost inconsequential.


     From: Mladen Gogala <>  To:
 Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 10:11 AM  Subject: Re: ODA 12.1.2 Databases on ACFS    

On 01/26/2015 09:43 AM, Seth Miller wrote:
> Thanks Mladen. I appreciate your feedback.
> ODA is certainly not just a Linux box with Oracle, ASM and ACFS. And
> yes, it is RAC.
> Seth Miller

OK, do you get any license savings? How is it licensed? Is it licensed per CPU core or is it a fixed cost? As for the files on ACFS, I'm not sure that's an advantage. ASM does a pretty good job by itself, especially with the newer releases, where I can copy the files in and out of ASM using asmcmd. In contrast with ASM, extent based file systems like ACFS are susceptible to fragmentation and ACFS has no defragmenter. FS snapshots are a nice thing, but every storage manufacturer has disk snapshots. It's not a big deal.

Mladen Gogala
Oracle DBA


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