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Oracle Exalytics BI In-Memory Machine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (Doc ID 1435778.1)

Last updated on JANUARY 30, 2020

Applies to:

Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database - Version and later
Oracle Exalytics Software - Version and later
Hyperion Essbase - Version and later
Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition - Version and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


The purpose of this document is to answer common and frequently asked questions regarding Oracle Exalytics, BI In-Memory Machine.

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Questions and Answers
   1. What is Oracle Exalytics?
   2. Is Oracle Exalytics compatible with Oracle Exadata?
   3. What are the key technologies behind Exalytics?
   4. Is there any functional difference between Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite components on Exalytics and Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite licensed separately?
   5. Will Hyperion Planning or Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management (HPCM) run on Exalytics?
   6. Can the "Plus" components (Interactive Reporting, Web Analysis, SQR, Financial Reporting) of OBIEE Plus run on Exalytics?
   7. Is there any functional limitation in Essbase running on Exalytics? Are all of the Essbase capabilities also available in Essbase on Exalytics?
   8. What enhancements have been made to the OBIEE end user interface to take advantage of all of the performance gains of Exalytics?
   9. How does Exalytics help mobile Business Intelligence?
 Software Technology and Configuration:
   1. If Exadata has not been deployed. Can benefits be obtained from Exalytics?
   2. Will Exalytics run with Oracle Databases on other server platforms?
   3. There is no Oracle database deployed. Can benefits be driven from Exalytics?
   4. Exadata is already installed, is Exalytics needed?
   5.  How is Exalytics optimized for Exadata?
   6. Exalogic is already installed, what would be the need for Exalytics?
   7. Can the Exalytics software be installed manually (BI Foundation, TimesTen) on a non-Exalytics machine and experience the same performance boosts?
   8. Which version of Weblogic is bundled with Exalytics?
  9. Can an existing OBIEE, Times Ten or Essbase license be transferred to Exalytics?
 10. Is all of the required software pre-installed on the Exalytics machine?
 11. Can other software be run on Exalytics?
 12. Can Exalytics be configured with Weblogic/web servers located outside of Exalytics machine?
 13. Do Essbase service components (EAS, APS, Essbase Studio etc.) need to be installed on Exalytics, or can they be installed on a separate machine?
 14. Is it possible to leverage Weblogic Enterprise Edition for clustering? If yes, how can it be configured?
 15. Does Exalytics T5-8 come pre-installed with all the required software?
 16. Does Exalytics T5-8 support Endeca Information Discovery?
 17. Which Exalytics Software release does T5-8 support?
 18. What software licenses are needed to run Exalytics?
 19. What is the Exalytics In-Memory Software product and why must it be licensed?
 20. What is the Oracle recommended approach for Exalytics backup?
 21. Can Oracle Data Integrator(ODI) or GoldenGate be utilized for Exalytics TimesTen data population?
 22. Are there any version constraints for Business Intelligence Applications running on Exalytics?
 23. What enhancements have been made to the OBIEE end user interface to take advantage of all of the performance gains of Exalytics?
 24. Will the visualization enhancements be available on Oracle BI software outside the Exalytics?
 25. Is Platinum Support available for Exalytics?
  1. Is it possible to set up virtualized environments in an Exalytics machine?
  2. What are the deployment requirements for using Trusted Partitions?
  3. Why is Oracle Virtual Manager(OVM) needed?
  4. Can OVM Manager or Enterprise Manager be installed on Exalytics?
  5. How can OVM Templates that will be run on Exalytics be developed?
  6. How many virtual machines can Exalytics support?
  7. What are the recommended configurations for Oracle VM for sub-capacity licensing?
  8. What is the performance impact of virtualization?
  9. Can the Oracle VM support be used to run multiple instances of OBIEE (Test, Prodution)?
 10. Can Oracle VM run Essbase and OBIEE at the same time on Exalytics?
 11. What are the limitations of running Exalytics with Oracle VM?
 12. How do I size the OBIEE instance running on Oracle VM?
 13. Can virtual and non-virtual implements be mixed on the same Exalytics server?
  Hardware Specifications and Configuration:
   1. What are the hardware configurations supported by Exalytics?
   2. Will customization or after-market modification of the Exalytics machine be possible?
   3. What processor architecture does Exalytics use?
   4. What network interfaces does Exalytics provide?
   5. Can more than one Exalytics machine be used for a single BI application?
   6. Can Exalytics be mounted in the same rack as Exadata?
   7. What storage options are available for Exalytics?
   8. How is the local storage allocated?
   9.  Can NIC cards be added to an existing Exalytics server?
 10.  Does Exalytics support externally attached high speed storage such as fibre connected SAN?
 11.  What is Exalytics In-Memory Machine T5-8?
 12.  What configurations are available for Exalytics T5-8?
 13.  How do the various Exalytics systems compare to one another (i.e. X2-4, X3-4, X4-4 and T5-8)?
 14. Can I use more than one Exalytics T5-8 machine for a single BI Application?
 15.  How can Exalytics T5-8 be sized for BI or EPM applications?
 In-Memory Features and Optimizations:
  1.  What in-memory technologies are available in Exalytics?
  2. What is TimesTen?
  3.  Can the Times Ten environment be monitored in the Enterprise Manager?
  4. What workloads is TimesTen designed for?
  5. How is the In-Memory cache populated?
  6. Will the Adaptive In-Memory Cache be available for deployment without Exalytics?
  7.  How frequently is the Adaptive In-Memory Cache refreshed?
  8. Does the entire In-Memory database need to be refreshed, or can only certain aggregates be refreshed?
  9. Is it necessary to use the Adaptive In-Memory cache? Can data be chosen to be put into TimesTen and load it via the TimesTen load utilities?
 10. OBI already has a caching mechanism in presentation layer and BI server layer. How is the new in-memory caching better for performance?
 11. How has OBIEE been enhanced to take advantage of the Exalytics machine?
 12. How has Essbase been enhanced to take advantage of the Exalytics machine?
 13. How does Exalytics help Business Intelligence Applications?
 14. How does Exalytics help EPM Application deployments?
 15. Is the Oracle Database In-Memory option the new name for Oracle TimesTen?
 16.  Does the Oracle Database In-Memory option replace the need for TimesTen?
 17. Does the new Oracle Database In-Memory option replace the In-Memory Database Cache option?
 18. Does the Oracle Database In-Memory option replace the need for Exalytics?
 Oracle 12c Database In-Memory Option (12c DBIM):
 1. What is Oracle 12c Database In-Memory Option (12c DBIM)?
 2. Is 12c DBIM exclusive to Exalytics or have any specific Exalytics optimizations?
 3. On which Exalytics HW can we run 12c DBIM?
 4. Is there any restrictions between Oracle Database software running on Exalytics vs. other hardware?
 5. Why deploy DBEE and DBIM on Exalytics vs Exadata or commodity
 6. Is TimesTen for Exalytics still available/supported?
 7. Does 12c DBIM offer higher performance or scalability compared to TimesTen?
 8. Is there a migration tool to migrate TimesTen databases to 12c DBIM?

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