CHAPTER 4Oracle Exadata Database Machine Platform Hardware Components

Earlier in the book, we described how computer platforms evolved from systems consisting of tightly integrated servers, storage, and databases to systems assembled from components provided by multiple vendors. We also described how tightly integrated hardware and database solutions from single vendors are becoming popular again now that cost and complexity of integration of these components and the trade-offs in performance are realized. Now, we’ll describe the pre-integrated system and prebalanced hardware platform that is the Oracle Exadata Database Machine product.

We’ll begin by describing how system performance is optimized in hardware and how the components come together ...

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