Oracle Database Appliance Review
Capacity on Demand enables us to configure CPU cores according to licenses, increasing or decreasing as needed


What is most valuable?

  • Capacity on Demand: Valuable because we can configure the machine according to our licenses. When there is a need, we can directly increase or decrease the CPU cores of this machine.
  • NVM Express (NVMe) solid-state drives: This technology brings outstanding I/O performance for midsize databases. We have tested it by doing POCs on customer sites and the results were quite satisfying.
  • Virtualization: Using the KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine), we can virtualize this machine and run both databases and applications on it.
  • Affordable price: When we think about the technology and the features that this machine delivers, the price seems to provide a lot of value.
  • Engineered system: This machine is a 1U engineered system optimized, tested and delivered by Oracle. It is a ready-to-use, easy-to-deploy environment for running Oracle products.
  • Support for multiple database versions: Both 11.2.0.4 and 12c databases are supported with this machine.
  • Support for multiple database editions: Both Standard edition and Enterprise edition databases are supported with this machine.
  • ODA X6-2 is easy to manage: It delivers management utilities such as odacli and virt-manager (for virtualization management).

How has it helped my organization?

Nowadays, we migrate midsize EBS environments (EBS 11i, 12.1 and 12.2) to these machines. We use the machine as a consolidation environment and we also see a performance increase in the database layer.

Customers with limited licenses prefer this machine, as it has capacity-on-demand features which are completely aligned with Oracle licensing policies.

It is an easy-to-deploy database environment, which does not need much maintenance work. A DBA with knowledge of Oracle technologies, such as ASM and database, can manage it.

The system resources of this machine are quite enough for running midsize Oracle databases but, if there is a need, customers can expand their disk and memory resources.

This machine is also used as a standby database environment, especially for customers who have ODA HA or Exadata in their primary sites, and want to have an affordable engineered system for their standby sites.

What needs improvement?

Oracle ODA is a fixed server appliance. It would be improved if it were an engineered system with scale-out capabilities.

Virtualization features could also be improved. A web-based GUI would be a good start.

Also VM-specific features, which provide VM-level fault tolerancy, could be added to this product. (This improvement would depends on the scale-out capabilities).

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used ODA X3, X4 and X5 models for three years. This ODA X6-2M is a new ODA model and I have used it the last six months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

None.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues, but there is room for improvement here. Currently, there is no scale-out option for any of the models in ODA family.

How is customer service and technical support?

Quite good. When you buy this machine it is registered with Oracle. Any service request is created using this registration. SR creation and updates are fast.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Conventional systems. Most of the time, the reasons for switching are the optimal price and the promising features.

How was the initial setup?

Straightforward. The whole environment is built in one hour by following the Oracle documentation and using the related utilities.

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

Get benefit from the capacity-on-demand features. License your cores according to your licenses.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Standard HP servers and other members of the ODA family (such as ODA X6-2S, L and HA).

What other advice do I have?

To others looking into this product I would recommend they take a look at ODA X7, which has been released.

ODA X7 delivers more system resources and it also delivers Standard Edition Oracle Database support for the HA (High Availability) model.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Oracle Gold Partner.

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