Compare Oracle Exadata vs. Snowflake

Oracle Exadata is ranked 2nd in Data Warehouse with 6 reviews while Snowflake is ranked 4th in Data Warehouse with 10 reviews. Oracle Exadata is rated 8.8, while Snowflake is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Oracle Exadata writes "Exadata can significantly improve performance but there's a learning curve in a few key areas". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Snowflake writes "Fast, convenient and requires almost no administration". Oracle Exadata is most compared with Teradata, Netezza and Oracle Database Appliance, whereas Snowflake is most compared with Apache Hadoop, Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse and Amazon Redshift. See our Oracle Exadata vs. Snowflake report.
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Pros
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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I like the idea that you can assign roles and responsibilities, limiting access to data.It has great flexibility whenever we are loading data and performs ELT (extract, load, transform) techniques instead of ETL.The snapshot feature is good, the rollback feature is good and the interface is user-friendly.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.The initial setup is straightforward. You just need to follow the documentation.They separate compute and storage. You can scale storage independently of the computer, or you can scale computing independently of storage. If you need to buy more computer parts you can add new virtual warehouses in Snowflake. Similarly, if you need more storage, you take more storage. It's most scalable in the database essentially; typically you don't have this scalability independence on-premises.The most valuable features are the clustering, LS50, being able to change the size, the pay per use feature, the flexibility with many different sources and analytic applications.As long as you don't need to worry about the storage or cost, this solution would be one of the best ones on the market for scalability purposes.

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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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If you go with one cloud provider, you can't switch.They do have a native connector to connect with integration tools for loading data, but it would be much better to have the functionality built-in.Availability is a problem.Maybe there could be some more connectors to other systems, but this is what they are constantly developing anyway.The solution could improve the user interface and add functionality to the system.The solution should offer an on-premises version also. We have some requirements where we would prefer to use it as a template.Support needs improvement, as it can take several days before you get some initial support.There are some stored procedures that we've had trouble with. The solution also needs to fine-tune the connectors to be able to connect into the system source.

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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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You pay based on the data that you are storing in the data warehouse and there are no maintenance costs.The whole licensing system is based on credit points. You can also make a license agreement with the company so that you buy credit points and then you use them. What you do not use in one year can be carried over to the next year.Pricing can be confusing for customers.

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17,496
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Average Words per Review
669
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8.3
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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
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Financial Services Firm21%
Comms Service Provider16%
Insurance Company16%
Retailer11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company45%
Comms Service Provider9%
Financial Services Firm9%
Media Company5%
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Software R&D Company37%
Financial Services Firm8%
Retailer7%
Comms Service Provider7%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise65%
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Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise60%
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Small Business4%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise79%
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