Oracle announce the new exadata db x2-8 server and new exadata storage cell
- base on x4800 server, 8 socket x7560 (2.26Ghz) CPU and 1TB memory,5U
- 4 QDR IB HBA and 4 10ge HBA and 4 1 ge port
- support OEL 5.5 or Solaris 11 express on DB server and RAC 18.104.22.168
- the new storage cell will support 600GB 15k rpm or 2TB 7200 rpm SAS, no more SATA HDD
- storage cell will support 6 core westmere CPU, Xeon® L5640, 2.26 and 24GB
- x2-2 will be westmere 6 core CPU,2.93 X5670CPU Ghz and 96GB memory
- single x2-8 db server will be much higher price than 4 x2-2 db server but x2-8 support more RAS features, all PCI-E EM is hot swapable and the interconnect of QPI should be better than the QDR IB HBA.
- 2 x4800(5U)+14 x4270M2(2U)+ 3 IB 36 port Switch (1U)+ ethernet switch(1U) is already 42U, there is no more room for KVM and LCD tray
- SAS HDD has better RAS than the SATA HDD
- Due to the fast moving intel CPU roadmap, many user just start to consider exadata V2 and now one already facing the HW upgrade and SW upgrade issues already
- the new name x2-8, x2-2 indicate these are x64 server(I ASSUME), may be there will be SPARC based ODM in the near future e.g. S2-4, 4 socket SPARC T3-4 server, 5U??
- recent IDF intel mention that next year, westmere-EX will have 10 core and it is socket compatible with Nehalem-EX (8 core) and double the memory so with 32 GBDIMM 4 socket system can support 2TB and 8 socket can support 4TB
- Current system of x4470 is 3U system so one cannot build x2-4 exadata server, may be one can build a 2U 4 socket system that be part of x2-4 exadata ODM
- ASR is part of the new offering