The problem as I see it is you are targeting a very niche market , i.e one for which an ODA + sunfire server is too small and and eigth rack of exadata and exalogic is too large. this is probably not large enough a market to be sustainable and it would eat into the standard exadata/exalogic use cases. So I don't see this happening in the near future. I bet Oracle marketing would reason that if some one is willing to buy a rack comprising of an eight exadata and eight exalogic in a single rack , they probably wouldn't mind buying two ( since there is not likely to be any price difference) and this would give customers room to expand if they wanted to consolidate.
Thank you for your reply.
Actually rather than a niche market, it's the case of a startup, where a relatively small volumes are currently present, and plan to spend 18 month development thean roll-out products where substantial more volumes are expected.
A 1/8 Exadata rack is affordable, even a 1/4 if this is flexible enough to allow all tiers. The nature of the business dictates for a DR site, so if you consider a 1 Exalogic + 1 Exadata for production, than 1 + 1 replicated for the DR site would be cost prohibitive now, but acceptable in three years plan.
Hence why a general purpose engineered system similar to the T4-4 for the Exastack Intel range, would be ideal,, otherwise perhaps a T4-2?
Essentially the first step entry level is still too high, unnecessarily because all the components are available literally off the shelf.
I have re-visited the Oracle engineered systems and have a general question:
Given Oracle offers general purpose engineered system SPARC supercluster T4-4, would tere be the possibility of having an equivalent for the X86 platform?
i.e. Exadata 1/8 rack + 2X SUN X3-2 servers + ZFS Storage Unit in the same rack, which essentially is an Exadata + Exalogic = Exastack general purpose engineered system.
Since this has been done for the SPARC supercluster T4-4, there is no technical difficulties achieving the same for the X86 platform with Oracle VM / Oracle Linux.
The argument being, this would give another entry level to SME / startups to enter the Exastack range, than scaling out as business / volumes grows.
My perception this is really an Oracle marketing strategy rather than a technical one perhaps?
Appreciate any point of views.