Oracle Exalogic Review

We were able to decommission blade servers, all of which are now running on Exalogic.


What is most valuable?

OVM and the InfiniBand readiness ([IBO] TCP port settings) of the VM’s in this OVM version for Exalogic are the most valuable features.

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to decommission more then 20 blade servers, all of which are now running on Exalogic.

What needs improvement?

There is still room for improvement, especially in regards to Oracle support.

Also, the SDP InfiniBand protocol needs to be usable in VM’s and patches for OVM installed for delivery.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We had no issues deploying it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

OTD (Oracle Traffic Director) is failover architecture and is not as robust as advertised. Additionally, SSO and several other features sometimes went down.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have had no issues scaling it.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

6/10

Technical Support:

6/10

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

We previously used version X3-4 and upgraded to the current version.

How was the initial setup?

It is an environment which runs partly via bare metal and partly via hypervisor technology, and this type of installation cannot be simple. It is also an engineered system, which means that there are a lot of tweaks that enhance it a lot, but they aren't easy. There's a rather high entry point for just setting it up.

What about the implementation team?

We used both vendor and in-house teams for the implementation. First, we implemented OMCS and then, after several months, the rest of the DTAP environment. This was also the case with the functional servers (individual VM’s).

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

It was a little bit of a black box for me. It costs millions for the hardware and software licenses. However, the overall system runs five times faster than it did on IBM hardware.

What other advice do I have?

It is a great solution for an application server.


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