What is most valuable?
The Oracle Database Appliance offers a pay-as-you grow model for Oracle licenses. This model allows you to only license the CPU count that you need, rather than the entire capacity. When virtualized, this is supported for both the database and the application tier.
How has it helped my organization?
The solution has good stability and it is easy to work with. We quickly deployed both database and application workloads in a single appliance on a virtualized platform, based on Oracle VM
What needs improvement?
Customers cannot cluster multiple appliances together to create a larger cluster (beyond two servers), nor can they expand the internal disk storage of the system beyond two storage trays. This area can be improved.
For how long have I used the solution?
I have used this solution for two years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
I did not encounter any issues with stability.
How are customer service and technical support?
I would rate the level of technical support 8/10.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
I previously used Fresh Install.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup was quite straightforward.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
The pricing and licensing is worth it.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
I did not really evaluate other options before choosing.
What other advice do I have?
In my opinion, if your organization is constantly evolving and looking for less infrastructure support/planning for virtualization, then this solution is a one-stop-shop and a nice product. If you are a mid-pace organization and can handle regular databases or Exacta, then you can skip this step.