What constitutes an Exalytics Implementation

This is part 2 of a series of articles discussing Exalytics components:

Part I – Exalytics In Memory – Software Features

Let’s continue the discussion by defining the Exalytics machine’s hardware and software components as a refresher.

How do the various Exalytics systems compare to one another (i.e. X2-4, X3-4 and T5-8)?

Feature
Exalytics X2-4
Exalytics X3-4
Exalytics T5-8
Processors
4 Intel XEON E7-4870
40 Cores
4 Intel XEON E7-4800
40 Cores
8 SPARC T5
128 Cores
Dynamic Random-Access Memory
1 TB
2 TB *
4 TB
Hard Disk Drive
3.6 TB
5.4 TB *
7.2 TB
PCI Flash Storage
None
2.4 TB *
3.2 TB
Networking
40 Gbps InfinBand – 2 Ports
10 Gbps Ethernet – 2 Ports
8 GbpsFibre channel – 2 Ports
1 Gbps Ethernet – 4 Ports
40 Gbps InfinBand – 2 Ports
10 Gbps Ethernet – 2 Ports
8 GbpsFibre channel – 2 Ports
1 Gbps Ethernet – 4 Ports
40 Gbps InfinBand – 4 Ports
10 Gbps Ethernet – 4 Ports
8 GbpsFibre channel – 4 Ports
 *upgrade kits available for additional memory and flash storage

Software: (Certification Matrix)

Exalytics X2-4
Exalytics X3-4
-OR- Exalytics X3-4 with Upgrade Kits
Exalytics T5-8
Server Operating System
Exalytics Base Image on Linux x86-64 1.0.0.6
Exalytics  -Oracle Solaris 11.1 SRU11.4 (64 bit)
OS Kernel Version
Exalytics  -Oracle Linux 5.8 (UL5)  with UEK
Linux Kernel Version Number:
2.6.32-400.11.1.el5uek
N/A
Exalytics Base Image for Oracle VM
2.0.1.3
N/A
Exalytics Base Image Kernel for OVM
 Oracle Linux UL5  with UEK – Oracle Linux Server release 5.6
Kernel 2.6.39-300.32.6.el5uek on an x86_64
N/A
 Exalytics Oracle VM Template (Guest)
2.0.1.3
N/A
 Exalytics Oracle VM Template (Guest) Kernel
 Oracle Linux UL5  with UEK – Oracle Linux Server release 5.6
Kernel 2.6.32-200.21.2.el5uek on an x86_64
N/A
BI Foundation
OBIEE 11.1.1.7.x,  
TimesTen 11.2.2.5.x, 11.2.2.6.x
Essbase 11.1.2.2.200+/11.1.2.3.001+
TimesTen
 TimesTen 11.2.2.5.x, 11.2.2.6.x
BI Application
11.1.1.7.1
7.9.6.3
7.9.6.4
EPM
11.1.2.2 or 11.1.2.3 (depends on module/component)
OVM Manager
3.2.4 (X2-4),  3.2..7(X3-4)
EM
Agent – 12.0.1.3+
Endeca
3.0/3.1

We can use Exalytics to perform the following functions:

  1. BI Apps implementation: The Enterprise Data Warehouse connected to the ERP system in use – PeopleSoft, EBS, JDE, SAP etc. Oracle has pre-built analytics compromising of a DW Schema, ETL/ELT for bringing the data from the ERP Database to the Data warehouse, OBIEE Model (RPD) and the reports and dashboards.
  2. Custom BI Applications: Many organizations have custom BI implementations over their applications, this comprises of a Data Warehouse/Data Mart, ETL/ELT process, OBIEE Model and Reports and Dashboards.
  3. EPM Implementation: Oracle’s Financial Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting tool for the enterprise. This constitute of Essbase, OBIEE, Hyperian Financials.
  4. Endeca
I will discuss the OBIEE/BI Apps (#1/#2) implementations in the next blog.

Sachin
Architect – Oracle Engineered Systems
Exalytics/Exalogic/Exadata
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