Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Review

Allows us to run mixed workloads for Oracle and non-Oracle environments.

What is most valuable?

  • Flexibility to run mixed workloads for Oracle and non-Oracle environments.
  • One stop to all your applications; for example, consolidation of various platforms, Linux, RHEL, WM Windows and Solaris into one single system.
  • Provisioning for rapid application deployments (in just a few hours).
  • Also, cloud-ready solutions.

How has it helped my organization?

Any new deployment typically takes weeks or months to get things ready. With PCA, the deployment provisioning is made easy; the new environment can be ready in just few hours. Thus, this will hep organizations to avoid delays in launching new deployments.

What needs improvement?

  • Support and more awareness of the system functionality and internal mechanism.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for less than six months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Initial system planning is most important; how to distribute the resources, configuring the virtual network, and the best usage of OEM is important for the new deployments. Besides, teams with VM concepts and background would be handy to execute the project. When you have such teams available, you're unlikely to encounter any serious issues during the deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Planning of resource distribution and management is a vital step in configuration; also, network setup. When you put best practices in place, you shouldn't be facing any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not experienced any scalability issues yet.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Since the PCA is relative new, finding experienced resources is bit hard; need a lot of improvements in terms of documentation and technical details.

Technical Support:

Technical support is satisfactory.

How was the initial setup?

Engineered System setup is never going to be an easy or straightforward installation, anytime; requires solid planning and skilled resources.

What about the implementation team?

A combination of Oracle Customer Support (ACS) and an Oracle global partner implemented it.

What was our ROI?

Rapid provisioning of new environments make launch of production on-time.

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

No additional software licenses are required for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance.
The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance system price includes all the required software. It's the most cost-effective solution for your mixed Oracle and non-Oracle workloads. Achieve efficiencies by only paying for the Oracle Database software licensing that you actually use.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We compared various cloud options that supports the full range of Oracle software, including AWS, MS Azure, etc.

What other advice do I have?

Oracle PCA is definitely worth investing in.

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