From 4 to 5 today, I attended the Exadata SIG.
Because it's fun.
Dan Norris was supposed to be there, but he got caught by the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano.
Here's what I got from the meeting.
1. The database software that runs atop the hardware is 11gR2. Exactly the same software that I run on my OEL virtual machine. It is no different.
2. Exadata is a "game changer." The word I was thinking about was it represents a paradigm shift. What do I mean? Well...the consolidation of roles means that IT has to figure out how to deal with Exadata. Who's going to be the point person on support issues?
If you read that article I just linked to, it talks about the consolidation of roles...meaning that the DBA can (should?) handle all things Exadata. In other words, no system administrators, no storage administrators...just the DBA.
From my point of view, this is exactly what technology is supposed to do.
I'm hoping to volunteer for future endeavors with the group...you'll be duly notified.