Oracle today announced a new database appliance product. It’s called Oracle Database Appliance (ODA). I’m not crazy about the name, but I really like the product. Here’s a picture of the one in Enkitec’s lab:
The project was code named “Comet” – thus the yellow sticky note. ;)
I really like that name better than ODA, so I think I will just stick with Comet.
Enkitec participated in the beta test program for the product and we were very impressed, particularly with the speed at which the product could be deployed and configured. There is a new tool called the “OAK Configurator” that is sort like the Exadata OneCommand for configuring the system. Keep an eye out for Karl Arao‘s upcoming post with screen shots of the tool in action.
I’m sure there will be plenty of people talking about the specs so I won’t get carried away with that. But I will tell you that it’s basically 4 terrabytes of usable storage, 2 node RAC with up to 24 cores and a SSD component that is used for improving redo write speeds (more on that later), all in a 4U chassis. Andy Colvin has already got a really good post on the hardware components that are included in the Oracle Database Appliance (along with pictures of the bits and bobs inside the chassis).
I should point out that while I have heard people refer to Comet as a “Baby Exadata”, I really don’t view it that way. That’s because it DOES NOT have separate storage and compute tiers. So there is no Exadata Smart Scan / Offloading secret sauce here. It also does not provide the ability to utilize Exadata’s Hybrid Columnar Compression. On the other hand, like Exadata, it is a pre-configured and tested system that can be dropped in a data center and be ready for use almost immediately (it took us only a couple of hours to set it up and create a database). Pretty unbelievable really.
So much like my favorite Bill Clinton quote, whether ODA is a “Baby Exadata” or not, really depends on your definition of the word “is”. It is a hardware platform that is built specifically to run Oracle databases, but it does not embed any of the unique Exadata software components. Nevertheless, it is an extremely capable platform that will appeal to wide variety of companies running Oracle databases.
And best of all, the list price for this puppy is only $50K. I predict this thing is going to sell like hot cakes!