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"Our machine is used for our internal development of Oracle-based solutions, PoC benchmarking, and training/familiarization.""Oracle has reliable solutions and this one is no different.""Exadata is also a very stable environment. Their Smart Scan feature is great for every banking environment and financial institutions willing to implement it.""The most valuable feature is the time to solution.""It has improved the performance, now we run with more performance cores with less CPU to attend all the database demands. Reducing Time to Market, increase our ability to face the competition with speed and low cost.""The offloading of data to the SIM is a valuable feature.""The data replication is very good.""On-premises Exadata is just as stable as the cloud version. It's a very stable platform."

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"Data sharing is a good feature. It is a majorly used feature. The elastic compute is another big feature. Separating compute and storage gives you flexibility. It doesn't require much DBA involvement because it doesn't need any performance tuning. We are not really doing any performance tuning, and the entire burden of performance tuning and SQL tuning is on Snowflake. Its usability is very good. I don't need to ramp up any user, and its onboarding is easier. You just onboard the user, and you are done with it. There are simple SQL and UI, and people are able to use this solution easily. Ease of use is a big thing in Snowflake.""I have found the solution's most valuable features to be storage, flexibility, ease of use, and security.""All the people who are working with Snowflake are extremely happy with it because it is designed from a data-warehousing point of view, not the other way around. You have a database and then you tweak it and then it becomes a data warehouse.""The way it is built and designed is valuable. The way the shared model is built and the way it exploits the power of the cloud is very good. Certain features related to administration and management, akin to Oracle Flashback and all that, are very important for modern-day administration and management. It is also good in terms of managing and improving performance, indexing, and partitioning. It is sort of completely automated. Everything is essentially under the hood, and the engine takes care of it all. As a data warehouse on the cloud, Snowflake stands strong on its ground even though each of the cloud providers has its own data warehouse, such as Redshift for AWS or Synapse for Azure.""Its performance is most valuable. As compared to SQL Server, we are able to see a significant improvement in performance with Snowflake.""The thing I find most valuable is that scalability, space storage, and computing power is separate. When you scale up, it is live from one second to the next — constantly available as you scale — so there is no downtime or interruption of services.""Its performance is a big advantage. When you run a query, its performance is very good. The inbound and outbound share features are also very useful for sharing a particular database. By using these features, you can allow others to access the Snowflake database and query it, which is another advantage of this solution. It has good security, and we can easily integrate it. We can connect it with multiple source systems.""Great scalability and near zero maintenance."

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"We would like an option of a hardware-only support solution, but Oracle currently does not provide this.""There is room for improvement with the handling of the Temp IO, which is often used for JOIN statements.""There is one aspect to Exadata that I dislike, and that's the inconsistency with other databases. When you try to get Exadata to function with another type of database like SQL, or others, there should be reliable and consistent operation. When this is improved on, we should start to see more applications growing the market.""Tech support sometimes takes some time to identify and rectify issues.""The initial setup process is very difficult and extremely complex.""The setup is a little bit complex. We would like to see the installation part get easier.""In a future release, I would like to see some upgrade analysis advisors to help with a clear roadmap on steps that need to be taken and some of the automated processes.""Oracle Exadata compatibility with the analytics could be better and the OBIEE could improve. Oracle BI to Exadata needs to be improved. Even if the full analytics practice for Oracle should be improved and when compared with other solutions it is weak."

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"They need to incorporate some basic OLAP capabilities in the backend or at the database level. Currently, it is purely a database. They call it purely a data warehouse for the cloud. Currently, just like any database, we have to calculate all the KPIs in the front-end tools. The same KPIs again need to be calculated in Snowflake. It would be very helpful if they can include some OLAP features. This will bring efficiency because we will be able to create the KPIs within Snowflake itself and then publish them to multiple front-end tools. We won't have to recreate the same in each project. There should be the ability to automate raised queries, which is currently not possible. There should also be something for Exception Aggregation and things like that.""It's difficult to know how to size everything correctly.""There are always a few operation updates here and there that can be made.""If we can have a feature where the results can be moved to different tabs, so that I can compare the results with earlier queries before applying the changes, it would be great.""It would be better if they had a data profile tool that tells me where the gaps are in my time series data.""Availability is a problem.""Every product has room for improvement, although in this case, it needs some broadening of the functionality.""We would like to see more security including more masking and more encryption at the database level."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The majority of our customers are in government or big enterprises, and the projects that we sell come out to several million USD. With this amount of money on the table, it's always better to have an experienced team of consultants, who know Exadata very well, handle the implementation.""It is an expensive product and you pay more for certain performance enhancements.""Oracle is always costly but it's fine.""The cost of the product could be improved.""The licensing can be a bit expensive because you need to have certain tools enabled that require them.""The price of the solution has been expensive to implement.""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.""All things considered, the price of this product is fairly high, as is always the case with Oracle."

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"The price of Snowflake is quite reasonable.""We used Snowflake to see if it is cheaper than using BigQuery. It was just to maintain the cost or the KPI regarding the cost of connectivity by users. Snowflake wasn't cheaper than BigQuery, and its affordability was the main issue.""It is per credit. It has a use-it-as-you-go model. We bought a chunk of 20,000 credits, and they were lasting us for at least a year. We didn't have the scale of data like a much larger company to consume more credits. For us, it was very inexpensive. Their strategy is just to leverage what you've got and put Snowflake in the middle. It doesn't make it expensive because most of the organizations already have reporting tools. Now, if you were starting from scratch, it might be cheaper to go a different way.""The price of Snowflake is very reasonable.""It is on a monthly basis. It is based on your usage. There are no additional costs from the point of the licensing fee. We do give some kind of evaluation to the customers about how much it is going to be. You can decide in Snowflake the virtual machine that you are using for customers. There are several kinds of virtual machines that you can use. It is similar to the clothing sizes: small to extra large. If you need more power in the coming month, you can decide in advance and take a more powerful machine. You can just select it from the platform. You can also decide which machine you want to take for extracting data.""Pricing is approximately $US 50 per DB. Terabyte is around $US 50 per month.""On average, with the number of queries that we run, we pay approximately $200 USD per month.""They give a different price for every single company. I don't know if I negotiated that well, but we got the enterprise tier for $3 a credit, and the other two were a dollar-ninety a credit. I suspect we don't have almost zero compute usage, but I know that our annual contract packages are below all of their minimums."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The performance on the databases is good.
Top Answer: When you talk about the pricing, the pricing is on the higher side. That said, if you're looking for good performance, then you definitely need to pay the price. Therefore, the price is reasonable.
Top Answer: The setup is a little bit complex. We would like to see the installation part get easier. Also, this installation is only for the OEM. They need partners. Some liberty should be given to the customer… more »
Top Answer: All the people who are working with Snowflake are extremely happy with it because it is designed from a data-warehousing point of view, not the other way around. You have a database and then you tweak… more »
Top Answer: There could be better ELT tools that are appropriate for Snowflake. We decided on Matillion and it seemed to be the only one. There need to be better choices, it would be great if Snowflake provided… more »
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Overview

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.

For more information on Oracle Exadata Database Machine, visit Oracle.com

Snowflake provides a data warehouse built for the cloud, delivering a solution capable of solving problems for which legacy, on-premises and cloud data platforms were not designed.

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PayPal, EBS, Organic Food Retailer, Garmin, University of Minnesota, Major Semiconductor Company, Deutsche Bank, Starwood, Ziraat Bank, SK Telecom, and P&G.
Accordant Media, Adobe, Kixeye Inc., Revana, SOASTA, White Ops
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm28%
Comms Service Provider15%
Insurance Company13%
Retailer9%
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Computer Software Company37%
Comms Service Provider14%
Financial Services Firm12%
Government4%
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Computer Software Company36%
Financial Services Firm12%
Comms Service Provider8%
Manufacturing Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider14%
Financial Services Firm8%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise61%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise48%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise70%
Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Exadata vs. Snowflake and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,305 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Oracle Exadata is ranked 2nd in Data Warehouse with 22 reviews while Snowflake is ranked 1st in Data Warehouse with 41 reviews. Oracle Exadata is rated 8.8, while Snowflake is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Oracle Exadata writes "High performing and reliable work environment". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Snowflake writes "Fast, convenient and requires almost no administration". Oracle Exadata is most compared with Teradata, Oracle Database Appliance, IBM Netezza Performance Server, Amazon Redshift and Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse, whereas Snowflake is most compared with Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics, Amazon Redshift, Vertica, Firebolt and Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse. See our Oracle Exadata vs. Snowflake report.

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