Oracle Database Appliance Review

It is easy in terms of management of virtual infrastructure. There are no solutions like this one.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to use it as a virtualization platform. This is great because you can run the Oracle Database layer as ODA_BASE domain and use Oracle VM templates to build Oracle applications as VMs so you can also have the application layer in the same platform.

How has it helped my organization?

It is easy in terms of management of virtual infrastructure. With "oakcli" is the all-in-one CLI to manipulate the virtual environment of the ODA.

What needs improvement?

It had a lot of bugs, especially with the old patch bundles. There was no support for connecting it to an FC tape drive for backups.

For how long have I used the solution?

The ODA X3-2 has been up and running since August 2013. This was the first model of the appliance.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We had issues with the virtual infrastructure. Sometimes the shared repositories go into status Unknown, VMs crashing etc. Also the automatic failover of the VMs sometimes failed.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We had no issues with scalability. It allows only two disk enclosures for storage space, and for servers you can upgrade the RAM.

How is customer service and technical support?

I would rate the technical support at 8/10.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Our previous solutions were building a high availability environment for Oracle Database with blocks, server storage OS, network configuration, etc.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was very easy. It is great to have a fully configured and tested HA environment for Oracle Database in two days. All the built-in automation scripts do it for you.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

If you compare the pricing of ODA vs traditional architecture it can be a bit high but you get more value by minimizing the risk, a short implementation time, and all-in-one patching.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There are no solutions like ODA.

What other advice do I have?

Overall it is a great product for consolidating Oracle Databases.

With the newer models there are a lot of optimizations both in hardware and software. For example the cluster interconnect card went from 10GbE in ODA X3-2 to InfiniBand QDR in ODA X5-2. The "oakcli" has added features with the new patch bundles.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Our company is an Oracle Gold Partner and sells, implements and supports Oracle Systems.
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