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Chapter 1: What Is Exadata? > History of Exadata

History of Exadata

Exadata has undergone a number of significant changes since its initial release in late 2008. In fact, one of the more difficult parts of writing this book has been keeping up with the changes in the platform during the project. Here’s a brief review of the product’s lineage and how it has changed over time.

images Kevin Says: I’d like to share some historical perspective. Before there was Exadata, there was SAGE—Storage Appliance for Grid Environments, which we might consider V0. In fact, it remained SAGE until just a matter of weeks before Larry Ellison gave it the name Exadata—just in time for the Open World launch of the product in 2008 amid huge co-branded fanfare with Hewlett-Packard. Although the first embodiment of SAGE was a Hewlett-Packard exclusive, Oracle had not yet decided that the platform would be exclusive to Hewlett-Packard, much less the eventual total exclusivity enjoyed by Sun Microsystems—by way of being acquired by Oracle. In fact, Oracle leadership hadn’t even established the rigid Linux Operating System requirement for the database host....


  

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