Oracle Exadata Review

It provides fast communication between the storage and database.


What is our primary use case?

performance

What is most valuable?

This is an engineered system by Oracle. It provides very fast communication between the storage and database. A lot of data processing is done at the storage level.

How has it helped my organization?

This makes the queries and processing much faster than before; reports can run within minutes rather than hours.

What needs improvement?

Cost is very high. It needs to be made affordable to grab more customer base. A lot of the technical enhancements are being made by Oracle regularly. Now, it is available on the cloud also.

If you deploy a normal server setup with SAN or direct disks, the cost is very low. Exadata machine is supplied by Oracle and hardware also maintained by Oracle. They charge as per their standards and pricing. Its quite costly in that regard.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for five years, since about the time it was launched.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were no stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There were no scalability issues. In fact, scalability is one of its prime features, it is very flexible.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is, as usual, good from Oracle.

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

Earlier, we used SAN and the traditional servers. That was also good and time-tested for decades. This is all together a new concept.

How was the initial setup?

It was a normal Oracle database setup.

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

The price and license costs are high as compared to the normal database setup. It depends on the client's requirements and size of the databases. Clients/ buyers have to take the call.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No other options were available in this category at that time or even now.

What other advice do I have?

You should evaluate your requirements and budget.

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