Compare Apache Hadoop vs. Oracle Exadata

Apache Hadoop is ranked 5th in Data Warehouse with 10 reviews while Oracle Exadata is ranked 2nd in Data Warehouse with 7 reviews. Apache Hadoop is rated 7.6, while Oracle Exadata is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Apache Hadoop writes "We are able to ingest huge volumes/varieties of data, but it needs a data visualization tool and enhanced Ambari for management". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle Exadata writes "Exadata can significantly improve performance but there's a learning curve in a few key areas". Apache Hadoop is most compared with Snowflake, Pivotal Greenplum and Oracle Exadata, whereas Oracle Exadata is most compared with Teradata, Netezza and Oracle Database Appliance. See our Apache Hadoop vs. Oracle Exadata report.
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The most valuable feature is the database.It's good for storing historical data and handling analytics on a huge amount of data.The ability to add multiple nodes without any restriction is the solution's most valuable aspect.What comes with the standard setup is what we mostly use, but Ambari is the most important.The best thing about this solution is that it is very powerful and very cheap.The most valuable features are the ability to process the machine data at a high speed, and to add structure to our data so that we can generate relevant analytics.Two valuable features are its scalability and parallel processing. There are jobs that cannot be done unless you have massively parallel processing.Initially, with RDBMS alone, we had a lot of work and few servers running on-premise and on cloud for the PoC and incubation. With the use of Hadoop and ecosystem components and tools, and managing it in Amazon EC2, we have created a Big Data "lab" which helps us to centralize all our work and solutions into a single repository. This has cut down the time in terms of maintenance, development and, especially, data processing challenges.

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Compression is a great feature, where one can really save a lot of storage.The most valuable feature is that you have the same familiar environment of an Oracle database but with the additional performance you get from this architecture.The technical support team are real professionals. I admire their technical skills and supports. Their supports are really admirable.Our machine is used for our internal development of Oracle-based solutions, PoC benchmarking, and training/familiarization.

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It would be good to have more advanced analytics tools.The solution could use a better user interface. It needs a more effective GUI in order to create a better user environment.There is a lack of virtualization and presentation layers, so you can't take it and implement it like a radio solution.In the next release, I would like to see Hive more responsive for smaller queries and to reduce the latency.The upgrade path should be improved because it is not as easy as it should be.We would like to have more dynamics in merging this machine data with other internal data to make more meaning out of it.I would like to see more direct integration of visualization applications.Based on our needs, we would like to see a tool for data visualization and enhanced Ambari for management, plus a pre-built IoT hub/model. These would reduce our efforts and the time needed to prove to a customer that this will help them.

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The technical support is in need of improvement.It's too expensive per terabyte. It's complex.We had issues with system restoration.We would like an option of a hardware-only support solution, but Oracle currently does not provide this.

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This is a low cost and powerful solution.​There are no licensing costs involved, hence money is saved on the software infrastructure​.

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Exadata is an expensive tool, but, considering the ROI, it's worth going for the solution.The price is very high.I did note that Oracle does tend to internally oversize things especially if they want to fill up a budget, and hence third-party oversight is essential.

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The Apache Hadoop project develops open-source software for reliable, scalable, distributed computing. The Apache Hadoop software library is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models. It is designed to scale up from single servers to thousands of machines, each offering local computation and storage. Rather than rely on hardware to deliver high-availability, the library itself is designed to detect and handle failures at the application layer, so delivering a highly-available service on top of a cluster of computers, each of which may be prone to failures.

Oracle Exadata Database Machine is a modern framework, engineered to run databases and to scale out database servers.

The main benefit of Exadata is speed. It hosts operating systems, CPU memory, and hard drives. It runs all types of databases, including online transaction systems, processors and data warehouses, while solving poor performances of old database architecture.

The Oracle Exadata Database Machine features a simple and fast database storage system that protects and backs up your critical data. It accelerates data warehouse performance for faster access to business information. It is ideal for companies looking to build up their infrastructure from scratch.

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