Oracle Exadata Review

The out-of-the-box performance and data compression allows us to manage larger volumes of data more easily.

What is most valuable?

The extreme performance and data compression that comes straight out of the box.

How has it helped my organization?

With Exadata, everything is simply better optimized, and our organization has been leveraging the fact that it can now manage larger volumes of data much more easily than it could previously. For example, we almost never hear our internal or external customers complain about performance issues these days. Performance problems were a recurring problem for us in the past.

What needs improvement?

X5 supports virtualization, but I think the performance on virtualization is not all that great. I have heard it from a customer, though I admit I haven't tested it out myself.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this for about three months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We find X5 to be very scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

We have always had excellent customer service.

Technical Support:

It's excellent.

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

We were convinced that with Exadata we would be able to consolidate our databases, have a serious performance boost, and leave a smaller footprint on the Data Center.

How was the initial setup?

There were some complexities because a lot of departments were involved, and there were some communication gaps, but generally speaking, it went smoothly.

What about the implementation team?

It was done in-house, but with help from Oracle.

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

Your TCO and Operational expenses will definitely go down with Exadata.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, we were pretty much decided on Exadata from the outset.

What other advice do I have?

This product actually does what it promises to - it gives extreme performance on your data set.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

X5 Quarter Rack
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are Platinum Partners
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