Menu
Oracle gives Exadata some backward compatibility

Oracle gives Exadata some backward compatibility

Database 10gR2 is now supported on Oracle's flagship 'engineered system,' although caveats apply

Oracle has made it possible to run a much older but still widely used version of its database software on Exadata, in a move that could make heretofore reluctant buyers pull the trigger on a purchase of the data-processing appliance.

Customers who are running Grid Infrastructure version 12.1.0.2 or later can now use Oracle's Automated Storage Management Cluster File System (ACFS) on Exadata, according to a blog post.

"The upshot is that you can now run Oracle Database 10gR2 on Exadata using ACFS as the storage for the Oracle Database," the post states. "Even though Oracle Database 10gR2 is at end of life, it remains in use in a large number of places," the blog adds. "This has caused problems when choosing to implement Exadata as a consolidation platform, or when choosing it during a hardware refresh process."

Version 10gR2 first became generally available in July 2005 and its extended support window ended in July 2013. Oracle has since released database versions 11g and 12c, and is hoping to get quick uptake of the latter, which includes optional features aimed at cloud computing and in-memory processing.

As for running 10gR2 on Exadata, there are some prerequisites apart from Grid Infrastructure 12.1.0.2, according to the blog.

Oracle's Linux distribution is also required, and if a customer wants to use Oracle's Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC) feature, they will have to apply a patch, possibly with the help of support.

Not every feature of Exadata will be available when running 10gR2, but capabilities such as the system's Infiniband networking fabric, lower power requirements and additional memory "justifies moving these databases to Exadata now," the blog adds.

Oracle first unveiled Exadata in 2008 and has since released several new versions, as well as other so-called "engineered systems" focusing on different computing tasks.

Co-President Mark Hurd recently said Oracle would ship its 10,000th engineered system in the current quarter.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags databasesHigh performanceapplicationsservershardware systemssoftwareOracle

Featured

Slideshows

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

​As the channel changes and industry voices deepen, the need for clarity and insight heightens. Market misconceptions talk of an “under pressure” distribution space, with competitors in that fateful “race for relevance” across New Zealand. Amidst the cliched assumptions however, distribution is once again showing its strength, as a force to be listened to, rather than questioned. Traditionally, the role was born out of a need for vendors and resellers to find one another, acting as a bridge between the testing lab and the marketplace. Yet despite new technologies and business approaches shaking the channel to its very core, distributors remain tied to the epicentre - providing the voice of reason amidst a seismic industry shift. In looking across both sides of the vendor and partner fences, the middle concept of the three-tier chain remains centrally placed to understand the metrics of two differing worlds, as the continual pulse checkers of the local channel. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable, in association with Dicker Data and rhipe, examined the pivotal role of distribution in understanding the health of the channel, educating from the epicentre as the market transforms at a rapid rate.

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel
Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

After Hours made a welcome return to the channel social calendar last night, with a bumper crowd of distributors, vendors and resellers descending on The Jefferson in Auckland to kickstart 2017. Photos by Maria Stefina.

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017
Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow Electronics introduced Tenable Network Security to local resellers in Sydney last week, officially launching the distributor's latest security partnership across Australia and New Zealand. Representing the first direct distribution agreement locally for Tenable specifically, the deal sees Arrow deliver security solutions directly to mid-market and enterprise channel partners on both sides of the Tasman.

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel
Show Comments