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Oracle Introduces Sunfire SSD Firmware Appliance

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October 4, 2015

In September 2015, Oracle introduced a new ?Database Appliance?, a firmware combination of hardware and software, designed for the consolidation of many RAC instances onto a single server environment.  

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:

  •  Automated installation and configuration

  •  Bundling error logs for problems

  •  Making patching easier  

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 the software.  

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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