Oracle Database Appliance Review

We value the appliance architecture with its “everything-in-a-box” highly standardized setup.

What is our primary use case?

Database consolidation and for X6-2L also database performance improvement due to NVMe storage being used, which dramatically increases I/O performance

What is most valuable?

We value the appliance architecture with its “everything-in-a-box” highly standardized setup.

For the new ODA X6-2 models there is a possibility to deploy also SE/SE2 databases in a bare-metal deployment as well as the boosted I/O performance due to NVMe Flash disks.

How has it helped my organization?

For one customer it consolidated several databases from several Windows physical servers into one single ODA and resulted in increased stability.

For another customer it was used to “isolate” the last Oracle database system on one single ODA, thereby freeing-up SAN storage and rack server slots used by an old Linux cluster.

What needs improvement?

The following issues need some attention:

  • Ease of administration and deployment. With ODA X6-2 there are different “OAK” administration commands for the S/M/L models (e.g. “odacli”) compared to the HA model ("oakcli").
  • In my opinion only one single command should be used for all ODA models, as it’s confusing.
  • Some of the new commands have limitations/restrictions, though I assume they’ll be improved over time.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the solution since 2012. We implemented 2x ODA V1 systems.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

With the X6-2L we had a couple of early replacements, e.g. PCI card and battery

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We only had a stability issue with the ODA V1 due to an ASM disk mount issue (“ORA-600 [KFDJOIN3]”, bug). This issue delayed the go-live for production databases, but was fixed with the assistance of Oracle Support relatively fast.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We only had a scalability issue regarding local storage, especially on the ODA V1.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would rate the technical support as six out of 10. Over the past couple of years, I’ve found that the quality of Oracle Support first-level has decreased.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used custom-built single-server or cluster solutions. The ODA provides a high degree of standardization.

How was the initial setup?

The initial deployment of 2x ODA V1s was accomplished in one day, including unpacking and rack-mounting.

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

Leverage the Pay-As-You-Grow licensing, and consider using the ODA X6-2 S/M/L models also for SE2/SE.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Exadata, which often is overkill for many small and medium sized databases.

What other advice do I have?

If you go with 1x ODA then at least establish a Data Guard standby system on a Linux server, e.g. Public Cloud. I suggest to use 2x ODAs in each DR setup.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Trivadis is an Oracle Platinum Partner.
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