CHAPTER 1

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Exadata Basics

Since its introduction in September 2008, Exadata has fast become both a familiar term and a familiar presence in the IT/database realm. The system has undergone several changes in its short history, from storage solution to complete database appliance. Although it is not yet a household name, the number of Exadata installations has increased to the point where it will soon become commonplace in data centers across the country. So, what is Exadata? It might be better to begin by stating what Exadata isn’t. Exadata is not

  • the greatest thing since sliced bread;
  • the only database machine that can single-handedly eliminate ...

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