There are a number of machines now available in the Oracle engineered system family. These being:-
First machine out the door and aimed at running the Oracle database optimally.
The "middleware" machine. Optimised for Weblogic, Coherence and Tuxedo in the first place with the Oracle apps following on.
- SPARC SuperCluster
Exalogic for the fans of the SPARC processor. Bringing the power of the T4 chip together with the ingenuity of the Exadata storage cells so that this machine covers all tiers in a typical enterprise deployment.
Perfect machine for running in-memory analysis of data.
- Oracle Database Appliance
For those who don't need all the power of Exadata but do want the simplicity and manageability of a database appliance.
- Oracle Big Data
Moving away from the structured data of the traditional SQL database into the world of gathering unstructured data and analysing this. Picking up feeds from the likes of social media applications.
- Exalogic (1 rack)
Up to 30 x86-64 compute nodes. (12 cores per node)
A ZFS storage appliance. 40Tb raw or ~18Tb actual once mirroring, spares etc. has been done.
Up to 4 Inifiniband switches to give a superfast backplane network across the machine (These are used to bridge out to a 10Gb Ethernet network for client access.)
1 Cicso 1GbE switch for management
- Sparc Super Cluster (SSC)
Up to 4*T4-4 compute nodes
Same ZFS storage capability as the Exalogic machine
Up to 6 Exadata storage cells