In September 2015, Oracle introduced a
new ?Database Appliance?, a firmware combination of hardware and
designed for the consolidation of many RAC instances onto a single
An Oracle RAC installation has always been
complex and time-consuming because RAC is very sensitive to the
specific hardware. Knowing this, Oracle has designed the database
appliance to be self-installing, saving the DBA dozens of hours of
manual installation and configuration. In a nutshell, this combo of
RAC hardware and software simplifies DBA duties:
With the acquisition of Sun Software by Oracle.
It was only a matter of time until Oracle started offerings bundled
solutions of both servers and custom software.
It was this soup-to-nuts vendor support that
made IBM dominant in the 1980's and now Oracle stands to provide
similar full-stack solutions, supporting every layer including the
server hardware, disk devices, operating system (Oracle Linux) and
This yet-unnamed database appliance consists of
two Sunfire servers with a high-speed network connection and
solid-state disk (SSD) media, which is hundreds of times faster than
the antiquated spinning platter disks.
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