Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse vs. Oracle Exadata

As of April 2019, Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse is ranked 14th in Data Warehouse with 3 reviews vs Oracle Exadata which is ranked 1st in Data Warehouse with 30 reviews. The top reviewer of Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse writes "Gives us the ability to distribute large data sets across nodes". The top reviewer of Oracle Exadata writes "Thanks to Smart Scan, the amount of data transferred from storage to database nodes significantly decreases". Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse is most compared with Oracle Exadata, Teradata and Netezza. Oracle Exadata is most compared with Teradata, Netezza and Oracle Database Appliance. See our Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse vs. Oracle Exadata report.
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It handles high volumes of data very well.​It has allowed fast daily loads and analysis of millions of rows of data, which eventually moved to near real-time.​

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Reduced the cost while providing the benefits of Exadata storage, like, HCC compression, high disk capacity, etc.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.They just have a lot of products, and they work well together.It is a highly relevant option with extreme performance.Exadata with the In-Memory option is several levels about SAP HANA.Backup/Restore performance: Fast backups, fast restores (especially useful for creating clone environments).

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It needs more compatibility with common BI tools.​Concurrent queries are limited to 32, making it more of a data storage mechanism instead of an active DWH solution.

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They should have allowed SQL offloading with reduced cost.We had issues with system restoration.We would like an option of a hardware-only support solution, but Oracle currently does not provide this.It would be nice to have a single click button to, say, migrate my VMware VM into the Oracle VM, or vice-versa.I would like to see more database features and maybe more archiving features, because we need to do data archiving.Sometimes it takes too long time to get help with technical issues.Certification should also be improved. Today, Oracle doesn't certify applications with engineered systems.

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Companies with limited budget for high end technology can now afford the Exadata machine.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.I think it's free.The Initial investment price could use improvementIn the sizing phase, you can also decide whether to license all cores, or reduce the number cores using capacity-on-demand features of Exadata, as well. This has a direct impact on licensing.

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Also Known As
Microsoft PDW, SQL Server Data Warehouse, Microsoft SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse

The traditional structured relational data warehouse was never designed to handle the volume of exponential data growth, the variety of semi-structured and unstructured data types, or the velocity of real time data processing. Microsoft's SQL Server data warehouse solution integrates your traditional data warehouse with non-relational data and it can handle data of all sizes and types, with real-time performance.

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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Sample Customers
Auckland Transport, Erste Bank Group, Urban Software Institute, NJVC, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Tata Steel Europe PayPal, EBS, Organic Food Retailer, Garmin, University of Minnesota, Major Semiconductor Company, Deutsche Bank, Starwood, Ziraat Bank, SK Telecom, and P&G.
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm21%
Comms Service Provider16%
Insurance Company16%
Financial Services Firm43%
Comms Service Provider17%
Health, Wellness And Fitness Company8%
Company Size
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise50%
Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise66%
Small Business13%
Large Enterprise87%
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