CHAPTER 11

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Patching and Upgrades

As Exadata is engineered as a complete and integrated system, Oracle periodically releases certified Exadata patches to facilitate patch and upgrade management on Exadata. Similar to other Oracle-engineered systems (and unlike traditional, disparate vendor solutions), Oracle’s Exadata patches are pre-tested sets of patches designed to applied in a non-disruptive, rolling fashion and yield a comprehensive, validated end result. The goal of the Exadata patching is to remove uncertainty and non-compliance; for example, an Exadata DMA wouldn’t download “one-off” patches for a database tier or storage server firmware. ...

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