Oracle Database Appliance

Oracle Database Appliance X5-2 (“ODA”) is a single box containing two physical servers, networking hardware and fast, resilient storage. It is a perfect pre-configured environment for running Oracle Database Enterprise Edition with Real Application Clusters (“RAC”).

Pro DBA is an authorised reseller of ODA, is an Oracle Specialized ODA Partner, and has expert technical and sales knowledge of the product.

Oracle Database Appliance - a scalable, low maintenance, pre-built solution for running Oracle Database Enterprise Edition

What is Oracle Database Appliance?

ODA is a fully integrated, pre-configured system of servers, storage, networking and software.

The appliance is aimed at customers with mission-critical database hosting requirements, as all components include either hot-swap or redundancy support.

 
What can I run on Oracle Database Appliance?

ODA comes with Oracle Linux and Oracle Appliance Manager pre-installed, and will accommodate Oracle VM. It supports the following Oracle Database software choices:

  • Oracle Database Enterprise Edition 12c or 11g R2 standalone (no HA)
  • Oracle Database Enterprise Edition 12c or 11g R2 with Oracle Real Application Clusters One Node (Active-Passive HA)
  • Oracle Database Enterprise Edition 12c or 11g R2 with Oracle Real Application Clusters (Active-Active HA)

 
Why choose ODA over a self-configured system?

There are a number of compelling reasons, including:

  • The entire system is pre-built and fully tested for compatibility and component redundancy
  • Deployment is quick and simple
  • Administration costs are low, with simple patching of the entire appliance including all firmware and software through the pre-installed Appliance Manager software
  • The entire stack is provided by Oracle, so certification and support is assured
  • Processor cores can be disabled (minimum 2 cores per server) to limit database software costs initially, then enabled to increase capacity later
  • Virtualisation support via Oracle VM is included

Oracle Database Appliance hardware

The latest Oracle Database Appliance X5-2 model's specification includes:

  • Two servers, storage and networking in a 4U rack-mountable chassis
  • Two 18-core Intel Xeon E5-2699 v3 CPUs per server (total 72 cores)
  • 256 GB (8 x 32 GB) of RAM per server, expandable to 768 GB (24 x 32 GB)
  • 64 TB of raw storage (32 TB double-mirrored, or 21.3 TB triple-mirrored usable capacity)
  • Four 400 GB Solid State Drives for frequently accessed data
  • Four 200 GB Solid State Drives for redo logs
  • Two 600 GB 10K drives (mirrored) per server for OS
  • External NFS storage support
  • Optional second storage shelf to double storage capacity
  • Four 100/1000/10000 Ethernet ports per server
  • Six USB 2.0 ports per server (2 front, 2 rear, 2 internal)
  • Four PCIe 3.0 slots per server
  • VGA 2D graphics controller (1600x1200x16-bit @ 60 Hz via rear HD15 VGA port per server)
  • Two redundant PSUs per server, plus two per storage shelf
  • Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (Oracle ILOM) for full remote management

 
ODA restrictions

One of ODA's key strengths is that it is a standardised solution. This also means, however, that a number of restrictions are imposed. The main ones are listed here.

  • Need to use Oracle VM if you want to run Oracle Database Standard Edition or Oracle Database Standard Edition One
  • Oracle Linux is the only certified OS, though you can run others on Oracle VM guests

 
Find out more

Please contact us for more information. We can help you decide whether Oracle Database Appliance is the best solution for you. We also offer big discounts on ODA list prices, and can arrange a free hardware trial.

Our consultants are ODA specialists and we're an Oracle Database Appliance Specialized Partner, so we're well-qualified to assist.