The Oracle Database Appliance saves time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of high-availability database solutions. Built with the latest generation of the world’s most popular database—Oracle Database 11g—it offers customers a fully integrated system of software, servers, storage, and networking in a single box that delivers high-availability database services for a wide range of homegrown and packaged online transaction processing (OLTP) and data warehousing applications. All hardware and software components are supported by a single vendor— Oracle—and offers customers unique pay-as-you-grow software licensing to quickly scale from 2 processor cores to 24 processor cores without incurring the costs and downtime usually associated with hardware upgrades.
Providing access to information 24/7 and protecting databases from unforeseen as well as planned downtime can be a challenge for many organizations. Indeed, manually building redundancy into database systems can be risky and error-prone if the right skills and resources aren’t in-house. The Oracle Database Appliance is designed for simplicity and reduces that element of risk and uncertainty to help customers deliver higher availability for their application databases.
The Oracle Database Appliance hardware is a single 4U rack- mountable chassis containing two Oracle Linux server nodes, each with two 6-core Intel Xeon processors X5675 and 96 GB of memory. The two server nodes are connected via an internal redundant gigabit Ethernet (GbE) interconnect for cluster communication, and each provides both 1 GbE and 10 GbE external networking connectivity. The appliance contains 12 TB of raw storage that’s triple-mirrored, offering 4 TB of resilient usable database storage. There are also four 73 GB solid-state disks for database redo logs to boost performance. The appliance is designed with mission-critical requirements in mind, with hot-swappable and redundant components.
The Oracle Database Appliance runs Oracle Database 11g, Enterprise Edition, and customers have the choice of running Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) or Oracle RAC One Node for “active-active” or “active-passive” database server failover.
To help customers easily deploy and manage their databases, the Oracle Database Appliance features Appliance Manager software for one-button automation to provision, patch, and diagnose database servers. The Appliance Manager feature greatly simplifies the deployment process and ensures that database configuration adheres to Oracle’s best practices. It also drastically simplifies maintenance by patching the entire appliance, including all firmware and software, in one operation, using an Oracle-tested patch engineered specifically for the appliance. Its built-in diagnostics also monitor the system and detect component failures, configuration issues, and deviations from best practices. Should it be necessary to contact Oracle Support, Appliance Manager collects all relevant log files and environmental data into a single compressed file. In addition, the Oracle Database Appliance Automatic Service Request feature can automatically log service requests with Oracle Support to help speed resolution of issues.
The Oracle Database Appliance offers customers a unique pay-as-you-grow software licensing model to quickly scale from 2 to 24 processor cores without any hardware upgrades. Customers can deploy the Oracle Database Appliance with as few as 2 processors cores to run their database servers, and incrementally scale up to the maximum of 24 processor cores. This enables customers to deliver the performance and high availability that business users demand, and align software spending with business growth.