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ExaData : Oracle's Database Appliance hardware

Oracle ExaData is a database appliance hardware and software product that provides both OLTP and OLAP support. It was first made as a collaboration between Oracle Corporation and Hewlett Packard. It was designed as an "off-the-shelf" solution for database management; one unit combining the all the hardware, software, operating system, etc. to host a database application.

  • Oracle designed with the following
    • Database software. The database software for Exadata takes advantage of special hardware features such as SSD disk drives and allows for some queries to execute directly on the disk subsystem.
    • Operating system (Oracle's Linux Distribution)
    • Storage Hardware and Software (Disk drives and ASM disk management software)
  • HP designed the hardware for the first version.

Later on, Oracle bought Sun Microsystems and created the Exadata Version 2 with improved performance and usage of Sun Microsystems Storage Systems technologies.

Links

Oracle FAQ on first version

Oracle web site