This book was borne from our personal experiences with managing, configuring, and migrating databases and applications to the Exadata platform. Along the way, we took notes, tried this, tried that, and eventually came to an understanding of what Exadata could do and how it does it. We didn’t go into great detail on the inner workings of the system (Kerry Osborne, Randy Johnson, and Tanel Pöder have already provided an excellent text at that level), opting instead to provide a guide for the working DBA who may not have time to read through and digest a “nuts and bolts” book. Thus, this book is designed to lead the DBA through what we feel are the most important aspects and concepts of Exadata, without getting bogged down in details. ...

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