Patching Exadata

One of the biggest drawbacks of running a custom-built Oracle system is that it may be a one-of-a-kind configuration. Even in environments with tight standards, it is very difficult to maintain consistency between hardware, firmware, and operating system configurations. Most organizations do not have the time needed to ensure that every build has the exact same Fibre Channel HBAs, internal RAID controllers, and network cards running the same firmware level, much less go through a testing plan to upgrade each of these components in a single maintenance window. Over the course of a year, it is atypical to find exactly ...

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