Home > Store

Oracle Exadata Expert's Handbook

Register your product to gain access to bonus material or receive a coupon.

Oracle Exadata Expert's Handbook

eBook (Watermarked)

  • Your Price: $35.19
  • List Price: $43.99
  • Includes EPUB and PDF
  • About eBook Formats
  • This eBook includes the following formats, accessible from your Account page after purchase:

    ePub EPUB The open industry format known for its reflowable content and usability on supported mobile devices.

    Adobe Reader PDF The popular standard, used most often with the free Adobe® Reader® software.

    This eBook requires no passwords or activation to read. We customize your eBook by discreetly watermarking it with your name, making it uniquely yours.


  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 544
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-378097-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-378097-0

The Practical, Authoritative, 360-Degree Technical Guide to Oracle Exadata: From Setup to Administration, Optimization, Tuning, and Troubleshooting

The blazingly fast Oracle Exadata Database Machine is being embraced by thousands of large-scale users worldwide: by governments, the military, enterprise organizations, cloud service providers, and anyone who needs extreme performance. Now, Oracle Exadata Expert’s Handbook provides authoritative guidance to running Oracle Exadata with maximum reliability, effectiveness, performance, and efficiency.

Six renowned Oracle technology experts have brought together core technical information, experience, best practices, and insider tips in a concise reference. Covering both 11g and 12c versions of Oracle Exadata software, they deliver hands-on coverage of best practices, setup, migration, monitoring, administration, performance tuning, and troubleshooting. Whether you’re an Oracle Exadata DBA, DMA, architect, or manager, you need these insights.

  • Get a 360-degree overview of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine
  • Efficiently deploy RAC within the Oracle Exadata ecosystem
  • Fully leverage Storage Cell’s extraordinary performance, via Offloading, Smart Scans, and Hybrid Columnar Compression
  • Manage Exadata with OEM 12c: perform setup, configuration, asset/target discovery, and day-to-day administration
  • Tune Oracle Exadata for even better performance
  • Perform Exadata Backup/Recovery/DR with RMAN and Data Guard
  • Migrate to Oracle Exadata from other platforms
  • Use Oracle Exadata with the ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Consolidate within the Exadata Database Cloud

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Preface         xvii

Acknowledgments         xix

About the Authors         xxiii

About the Technical Reviewers and Contributors         xxvii

Chapter 1: 360-Degree Overview of Exadata         1

An Exadata Synopsis   2

Hardware Architecture   5

Software Architecture   7

Models and Configuration Options   9

Examining an Exadata Machine   35

Summary   37

Chapter 2: Real Application Clusters (RAC) in Exadata         39

The Significance of RAC in Exadata   40

An Overview of RAC   41

Setting Up RAC Clusters in Exadata   43

Operational Best Practices   45

Managing RAC with OEM 12c   49

Common Utilities and Commands   50

Troubleshooting and Tuning RAC   55

Summary   59

Chapter 3: The Secret Sauce: Exadata Storage Cells         61

An Overview of Exadata Storage Server   61

Storage Architecture and Formulation   72

Disk Architecture in Non-Exadata   74

Disk Architecture in Exadata   74

System Users for Cell Administration   77

Managing the Cell Server   82

Troubleshooting the Cell Server   83

Storage Cell Startup and Shutdown   85

Solving Disk Problems   87

Enforcing Cell Security   89

Summary   92

Chapter 4: Flash Cache, Smart Scans, and Cell Offloading         93

Concepts of Exadata Flash Cache   93

Storage Server and Flash Cache   95

The Database and Flash Cache   99

Summary   120

Chapter 5: Exadata Compression: HCC Demystified         121

Columnar Storage Models   122

Oracle Implementation of DSM–Hybrid Columnar Compression   125

HCC and Performance   131

HCC and DML   140

HCC and Locking   144

Practical Uses of HCC   147

Summary   148

Chapter 6: Oracle Database 12c and Exadata          149

12c Partitioning Features   149

New 12c Optimizer Features   157

Information Lifecycle Management   164

Application Continuity   167

Multitenant Architecture   168

Exadata Software Updates   183

Summary   183

Chapter 7: Exadata Networking: Management and Administration         185

Exadata Network Components   185

The Role of the InfiniBand Network   186

Network Architecture   187

Network Setup Requirements   188

Troubleshooting Tools and Utilities   190

Log Files Collection   194

Integrated Lights Out Manager   195

OEM Cloud Control 12c   197

Summary   199

Chapter 8: Backup and Recovery and Data Guard         201

RMAN Disk-to-Disk Backups   202

Data Guard   216

Far Sync   233

Switchover Considerations   242

Summary   244

Chapter 9: Managing Exadata with OEM 12c         245

Exadata Targets Discovery   246

Oracle Exadata Plugins   248

Exadata Database Machine Discovery   250

Exadata Components   260

Summary   265

Chapter 10: Migrating to Exadata          267

Exadata Implementation Lifecycle   267

Phase I: Architectural Strategy   268

Phase II: Planning and Design   277

Phase III: Migration Testing   287

Exadata Migration Best Practices   290

Summary   291

Chapter 11: Upgrading and Patching Exadata and ZFS Storage Appliance         293

Planning an Exadata and ZFS Upgrade   294

Quarterly Full Stack Download   297

Patching Tools and Processes   297

Oracle Patch Types   302

Exadata High Availability Upgrades   305

Reviewing Settings with Exachk   306

Exadata Full Stack Upgrade   307

ZFS Upgrade   333

Summary   336

Chapter 12: ZFS Storage Appliance for Exadata         337

ZFS Family Line   338

Increased Storage Capacity   340

ZFSSA Browser User Interface   342

Creating NFS Shares   343

Preparing Exadata for Direct NFS   345

Other Industry Use Cases   355

Learning on the Simulator   355

Summary   356

Chapter 13: Exadata Performance Tuning         357

Oracle Performance Tuning   357

Application Design for Exadata   362

Database Design for Exadata   364

SQL Tuning for Exadata   372

Exadata RAC Tuning   374

Optimizing Exadata I/O   386

Summary   388

Chapter 14: Database Consolidation on Exadata         389

Database Consolidation Models   389

Exadata Consolidation Planning   390

Grouping Applications   391

Evaluating Sizing Requirements   393

Setting Up Exadata for Consolidation   394

Isolation Management   405

12c Pluggable Database   410

Summary   411

Chapter 15: Exadata Smart Flash Cache in Depth          413

Solid-State Disk Technology   413

Exadata Flash Hardware   422

Exadata Smart Flash Cache   423

Exadata Smart Flash Logging   433

Smart Flash Cache WriteBack   439

Summary   443

Chapter 16: Advanced Exadata Flash Configuration          445

Using Flash as Grid Disks   445

Flash Tablespace versus Flash Cache   451

Storage Tiering Solutions   458

Summary   463

Chapter 17: Exadata Tools and Utilities          465

Exadata Diagnostic Tools   465

InfiniBand Network Diagnostic Tools   469

Other Useful Exadata Commands   475

Monitoring Exadata Storage Cells   484

Summary   491

Index           493


Submit Errata

More Information

InformIT Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from InformIT and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.


Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information

To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.


Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites, develop new products and services, conduct educational research and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.


If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email information@informit.com.

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information

Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at customer-service@informit.com and we will process the deletion of a user's account.


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by InformIT. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive: www.informit.com/u.aspx.

Sale of Personal Information

Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to NevadaDesignatedRequest@pearson.com.

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents

California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure

Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact

Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020