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ODA X6-2 Small / Medium: Important New Tools in Our Solution Architecture Toolbox

We at Cintra have been fans of the Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) platform since it was released in late 2011, seeing it as a great fit for some common use cases among our customers, namely:

  • Modernization, Upgrades and Cloud Roadmaps
    • Customers looking to refresh, upgrade and adopt a modern platform
    • Customers looking to adopt a portable, agile platform as part of an overall journey towards Cloud adoption
  • Oracle SE to EE Upgrades and 12c Adoption
    • SE customers wanting to upgrade to EE without the higher cost of traditional platforms, by leveraging the ODA’s capacity on demand CPU model
    • Customers looking to upgrade to Database 12c on an optimized, templated appliance
  • Cost Saving Measures
    • Customers looking to reduce hardware and software costs and do more with less
  • Simplified RAC Database Clustering
    • Customers who need RAC clustering redundancy but don’t have the time or skills to integrate
  • Windows Customers
    • Customers seeking greater resilience with Linux and clustering, rolled out in a templated, wizard-driven fashion
  • Storage Performance
    • Customers looking for a low cost fix for storage performance issues
  • Apps in-a-box
    • Applications customers looking to consolidate the full apps stack onto a single platform

While the “traditional” ODA (made up of two database servers and at least one storage tray) is still available, rebranded as the “ODA X5-2 HA” for its high availability capabilities, Oracle recently released two new models named the ODA X6-2 Small and the ODA X6-2 Medium.

These new models add some interesting capabilities to the Oracle Engineered Systems family, in particular:

  • Support for Oracle Standard Edition
  • Lowest cost of entry into the Engineered Systems platforms
  • All flash high performance storage
  • Small form factor (1 rack unit)

In a nutshell, the new models are single-node database servers (virtualization is currently not supported on them) designed for small to medium database workloads where high availability is not required (or where a more limited recovery time using Data Guard is an option.) The technical specs are as follows:

  • ODA X6-2 Small
    • Single socket with 10 CPU cores
    • 128GB RAM, upgradeable to 384GB
    • 4TB NVMe Flash, upgradeable to 12.8TB
  • ODA X6-2 Medium
    • Two sockets with a total of 20 CPU cores
    • 256GB RAM, upgradeable to 768GB
    • 4TB NVMe Flash, upgradeable to 12.8TB

These appliances are deployed in a similar way to the traditional ODA, using a new streamlined web console, and benefit from the same automated monitoring, faster provisioning and patching of the entire technology stack.

While one size doesn’t fit all in solution architecture design, these new ODAs do add some interesting tools to our toolbox. If we team these up with some of Oracle’s new Cloud offerings, we can get extremely creative in building new database architectures that offer extreme agility and business value, for very modest investments.

For more information on the ODA family, and how they might form part of a solution architecture to benefit your business, contact Cintra today!

Written by Simon Rice, VP Enterprise Services, August 2016

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