Quick provisioning is the most valuable feature. It comes bundled with Oracle Database Appliance and we use it for our PeopleSoft instances. You could basically create an instance for your dev environment, QA, UAT and production, and do it quicker than doing it from bare metal.
Improvements to My Organization
As I’ve mentioned, it’s all about speed, quickness; do it pretty quick. We also have customizations. If we have a base image, we can take that base image, apply customizations, take a snapshot, and then we can copy it with a cookie-cutter approach for other environments as well.
I like the idea of, snap, and everything's available to you. You can tweak it, make another image again and you can copy it.
Room for Improvement
We're using NFS, which I've been informed might not be the best file system to be using. However, with the latest version, apparently, there are supposed to be some updates that will help with the drivers to use NFS; it would make it more stable and better, performance-wise, as well.
It is stable. For the most part, it's the guys I work with who use it. I'm a project manager, but they're pretty happy with the technology.
We have not had to scale it that much.
Customer Service and Technical Support
The guys I work with are not too keen with the Oracle support. They tend to find their own solutions.
The reason we decided to invest in this new solution was all about cost. We were going with an n-tier architecture. We had 12 physical servers. Now, with the ODA, we have two chassis that run on a virtualized platform and it makes it a lot easier to manage.
Initial setup was pretty good. It was basically out of the box because the Oracle Database Appliance is being promoted as out of the box. You turn on a switch and a login script starts up the whole process; that worked out well. We had a few glitches in terms of learning how it all works together. We certainly overcame some of those challenges and we're really happy with the product.
Other Solutions Considered
Insert linkThere were no other vendors on the shortlist, because we're an Oracle shop.
Nonetheless, when I do think about working with a vendor like Oracle, I look for depth of knowledge, reliability and whether they have a pretty good clientele out there. It's always good to compare notes or see what other people are doing out there and help one another.
Look at what other people are doing, take notes and talk to your Oracle rep. They really come on board and help you out through the process.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Nov 24 2016