Exadata X3 Key Points

This post will give a brief summary of the Exadata Database Machine X3 as it was announced at the Oracle Open World by Larry Ellision:

(URL above is the complete Keynote; X3 announcement comes at 31:29)

The X3 Storage Servers have 4 times the Flash Capacity than X2: Each cell comes with 1600 GB, using Oracle’s Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card now

The X3 Database Servers have now 2 x Eight-Core Intel® Xeon® E5-2690(SandyBridge) Processors instead of 2 x Six-Cores in X2

They have 128 GB memory each, instead of 96 GB on X2

The price of an X3 Rack remains the same except for the Software Licenses that are computed by the number of cores.

The X3 Entry Level Rack is now 1/8 Rack. It has got the same hardware as a 1/4 rack, but half of the cores, memory and storage capacity disabled.

Not only on X3, the Flash Cache will now work as a Write Back Cache. Older versions will be enabled to use Write Back Flash Cache with a Software Update.

More details:

X3-2 DBM

X3-2 Cell

X3 vs X2 video


  1. #1 von Amit Saraswat am Oktober 1, 2012 - 11:14

    Sounds like Exadata X2 got adrenal boost. Faster got fastest in servers for business operations.

  2. #2 von Alan Nolan-Davies am Oktober 1, 2012 - 12:02

    Is the Exadata Training workshop being updated to cover the X3?

  3. #3 von Uwe Hesse am Oktober 1, 2012 - 12:49

    Amit, yes, as Larry said: „If you thought Exadata X2 was fast, you ain’t seen nothing yet!“ 🙂

  4. #4 von Uwe Hesse am Oktober 1, 2012 - 12:53

    Alan, I see no new version of the existing Oracle University Exadata Admin Workshop in the making yet, but an OU Instructor will add the X3 information to the delivery of the course, for sure.

  5. #5 von Martin Bach am Oktober 5, 2012 - 09:33

    I especially like the processor upgrade. The E5 2690 is a real performance monster, and the old Westmere processors weren’t slow either. Now if only I could get one to experiment on 🙂

  6. #6 von Uwe Hesse am Oktober 5, 2012 - 10:29

    Same here! One processor alone costs (a lot) more than my notebook 🙂

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