Oracle Solaris 11 Express Available on Oracle Exadata Database Machines

Oracle Solaris 11 Express is available on Oracle Exadata Database Machines X2-2 and X2-8, enabling customers to take advantage of the reliability, scalability, and security of Oracle Solaris to run their online transaction processing (OLTP), data warehousing and consolidated workloads on the x86-based Oracle Exadata systems, Oracle announced.

Oracle Solaris Express 11 and Oracle Linux are preinstalled on the x86-based database servers.  At system deployment, customers have the option of running either operating system on the database servers.

"Customers have eagerly awaited Oracle Exadata running Oracle Solaris," says Tim Shetler, vice president of Product Management, Oracle. "Customers running Oracle Solaris environments can take advantage of Oracle Exadata in conjunction with their deep expertise and knowledge of Oracle Solaris systems to deliver extreme data warehousing and OLTP application performance."

According to Oracle, the combination of Oracle Exadata running Oracle Solaris offers customers: 

  • Continuous uptime with Oracle Solaris Predictive Self-Healing to diagnose, isolate, and help to recover from hardware and application faults;
  • The ability to safely analyze, tune, and troubleshoot applications on production systems with little or no performance impact with Oracle Solaris DTrace;
  • Up to 10x faster system updating and rebooting to help reduce planned downtime;
  • 10x average table compression for data warehouse data with Oracle Exadata Hybrid Columnar Compression;
  • Fast transaction response times and high throughput with Oracle Exadata Smart Flash Cache for caching frequently accessed ‘hot' data; and,
  • Improved performance and concurrency of queries by processing queries at the storage layer using Oracle Exadata Smart Scan to return only relevant rows and columns to the database server.