Oracle Exadata Review

Exadata comes pre configured, just need to create your databases and load your data.


How has it helped my organization?

Database consolidation driving hardware and licensing cost reduction.

What needs improvement?

Complexity comes from patching the whole stack (firmware to database). If you have subscribed to a platinum support contract, Oracle will do it for you.

For how long have I used the solution?

5 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No, the whole stack is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No, it scaled linearly as claimed by Oracle pre sales.

How is customer service and technical support?

The Exadata support team is good, they will never let you down.

How was the initial setup?

Exadata comes pre configured, just need to create your databases and load your data.

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

Public price is high, as usual with Oracle. You need to make a deal with Oracle sales.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.

What other advice do I have?

You should carefully plan your Gridisk/ASM disk layout, One big +DATA and +RECO, or one by database. Also think about your ORACLE_HOME: just one or many? Having several Oracle_Home gives you flexibility in patching (you can stop only one database) but increase DBA works, several Oracle_Home to be patched.

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