Oracle Exadata Review

Good performance, security, and technical support

What is our primary use case?

We are using Oracle Exadata as a warehouse for historical reporting to provide the historical data that can be utilized by Power BI for reporting.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution meets all of my expectations.

What is most valuable?

The performance of the data is the most important part. It's quite good, and the security features are also quite good.

What needs improvement?

The management monitoring tools are quite important and an area that needs some improvement. The monitoring or consoles that are available should be available across the platform, and not only seen when logging onto the server.

The availability of the monitoring should be responsive and available all of the time.

I am planning to switch from Oracle Exadata to one of Microsoft's solutions, such as Synapse Analytics, to improve the performance. 

We have our Power BI and other parts in the cloud. 

The Exadata, being on-premises, creates problems at times because of the gateway.

I recommend that Oracle come up with connectors that can be utilized by Oracle Exadata to convert the data that we have in Oracle to MySQL. We can extend the reach of Exadata to other toolsets.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Oracle Exadata for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's stable and I have not experienced any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have been working with Oracle support for the last 15 years. I have no issues with support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was done by my infrastructure team and I don't think that they found any difficulty in it. They are knowledgeable in Oracle, so they didn't have any problems.

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

We are okay with the licensing, as it's not much. Oracle is always costly but it's fine.

What other advice do I have?

The ecosystem that we have in our company is majorly Microsoft-based. When I refer to power BI or other integrated tools, they are by Microsoft.

I would certainly recommend using Oracle. They have their cloud applications and I would say that it is not a good idea to go with an on-premises deployment. My suggestion is that people go with OCI instead.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

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**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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