Oracle Exadata Review

It is easy to manage infrastructure as a whole.

What is most valuable?

One of its most valuable features is the ease of managing infrastructure as a whole; software and hardware coming together in one place to manage all the architecture, networking, hardware, software, storage, etc.

What needs improvement?

Every year, there is definitely some incremental improvement; faster storage, more compute nodes, better networking, etc. At some point, regarding the whole computation model, instead of just having more and more CPUs, the core itself probably needs to get smarter. Instead of saying, “Oh, it's 16 cores. Now, it's 32. Now, it's 64.”, I would like to see the 16 cores able to do smarter work. That's what I think. I can see it's kind of heading that way, so we might get some improvement in that space.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using it for a little bit over three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's stable. We haven't had any, what I would call Sev 1-type, issues that have caused us a problem with Exadata.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is a scalable solution. I think it's going to meet the company's needs moving forward, without problems.

How are customer service and technical support?

Between 1 and 10, technical support is 7 or 8. Time to time, we do run into some issues, here and there, where it takes us a little while to get through, to make sure that engineers understand what's going on. For the most part, we don't have any major hiccups, I guess. Sometimes, the issue is finding the right person, getting to the right person to have that conversation. Once you have that then it's fine, but getting to it takes a little bit of time.

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

We previously just had commodity servers that we replaced with Exadata for the ease of convenience.

How was the initial setup?

The initial infrastructure setup is straightforward because it is delivered in a box. It's all pre-configured for the most part. Again, I think it boils down to how each company does it after it's deployed at their site. That's where it gets a little bit challenging and that's where you have to put a little bit of effort in to make sure you lay it down right.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend Exadata to someone in a similar job role as myself at a similar-sized company, but I would also them to understand the need of what they’re trying to do and not necessarily go to Exadata just because it's nice. They need to spend time on what they want to get out of it. Yes, it's a nicely engineered system but they also need to evaluate cost versus benefit. It's not cheap, I can tell you that.

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