(At risk of asking a stupid question, i've searched around but couldnt find an answer.)
Is it possible to take the servers/racks out of a standard exadata cage, and stick it into an equivalent cage?
I understand that exadata comes pre-racked, to be simply plugged in for ease of installation.
however, I've been told our datacentre is supposed to be a certified to some sort of 'green' which has racks built in a custom format which allows better cooling. The PROBLEM with this is that custom cages like Oracle's Exadata and Sparc Super Clusters are not allowed (this is what the data centre manager is telling us DBA's).
Somebody suggested to take exadata's components out of the cage and stick them / cable them in the same order into our equivalent 'green' racks. I'm suspicious that this voids the warranty, but thought i'd ask what the larger oracle population has done with this type of situation. i'm sure we're not the first client to have encountered this.
to take your exadata in a new rack is possible (have also some customers which have done that), but there are some limitation.
Ask your Oracle Saler for the Oracle Exadata Reracking Document
It used to be not supported, that's true. But now it is - but only if an Oracle Engineer approves the re-racking, which is not free of charge. Ask your Oracle Support contact for it.
"Don't believe it, test it!"
Thank you for your comments, all -- we've been told by our sales staff that the re-racking is sold as a service package (not as a document that a customer can really follow). In addition, I was told that you're limited to a half-rack capacity and would not have the option to expand to full-rack.