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The automation and provisioning of the environment, as well as the centralized monitoring, have all improved over the years.
Provides high-speed network, strong storage features (ZFS), High Availability out of the box, and is Integrated with a large number of products.
Exalogic offers integration with other engineered systems, which increases the throughput capability and enables processing of bigger and heavier workloads.
Server consolidation. In a cloud architecture, moving the HA VM from one to other is faster. This is because of the InfiniBand network fabric between the compute nodes and storage nodes (ZFS Storage).
Scalablility: When we need to upgrade from an eighth-rack to a full-rack, the real downtime is less then an hour.
Enterprise high-speed interoperability: With IPoIB we can deliver to other environments, either IP-Ethernet-based or IP-InfiniBand-based protocol, both with minimum bandwidth capacity of 10Gbps, 20Gbps, or 40Gbps, redundantly.
The component integration means I don't have to worry about technology mismatches.
Finding a fully bundled, deployed, and configured solution with a short delivery time and unique support is really attractive.
Some of the key features are the ease of operation and access, without constraining actions. The tool is available to actually move things around, do things quickly quickly.
We have seen measurable increases in our system performance. Those increases have been directly measurable in application performance and the delivery of critical business information to our users.
The XtremIO All-Flash array delivers performance, reliability, and deduplication.
It has improved system performance, batch times for off-hours processing, and reliability with production applications.
The high redundancy of components has minimized frequent service degradation/failure.
Access to VMs is now faster due to the centralized management console.
The solution is prone to disk failures. This needs to improve. Over the past four years we've had to replace about six of them. They've failed almost every three to six months.
Middleware application services, such as statistics, data mining, could be better.
The integration with other vendors' products needs to be looked at. It's not as flexible as we would like it to be.
While most public clouds are deployed on Linux, there is current no certified Vblock working on KVM hypervisors.
I would like to see them improve their switching infrastructure and rely on Cisco configurations. They are a bit more complex and technical, but result in a slightly reduced cost in terms of switching on the network side of it.
Tighter alignment could simplify and speed up the configuration and delivery process.
Improve the patching process and timeliness of updates/releases.
It needs more customer/client involvement in back-end management.
RCM upgrades were not scripted, and you needed to roll on your own. We were led to believe this would be otherwise.
VCE tools, like Vision or AMP were not stand alone, and depended too much on other management consoles.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Pricing and licensing are two very delicate aspects when talking about Oracle, especially engineered systems. The prices are quite high compared with other similar products, so the CapEx analysis and investment return have to be very well studied.
To expand the hardware's capability requires a massive investment.
Get the price of the license you will need for the middleware that will be running on top of the Exalogic. Otherwise, you can use another middleware solution, as long as it can run on top of Oracle Linux.
I think the pricing is on the higher end of the spectrum. There could be some adjustments that could be made there. Regarding licensing, watch compatibility with external products that you run on Vblock. It has got to be properly architected, otherwise, you will run into licensing issues.
It is not cheap.
Vblock appears from the first while to be very expensive. There are more items you cannot see in the BOQ: customer service, support, delivery short time, and highly experienced VCE engineers.
I would not say the pricing is not good value. It is still on the expensive side, near the top-end of cost compared to what's available now. Also, the licensing has to be improved. There has to be a clear definition of the licensing from the initial set-up so the customer knows what they are paying for, without being hit later on with extra licensing. The licensing definitions should be clearer and, perhaps, have one set of licenses rather than multiple licenses.
Related to tech support: I believe it is too expensive.
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Also Known As
|Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud||VCE Vblock|
Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is a datacenter building block that integrates compute, networking and storage hardware with virtualization, operating system and management software. It provides breakthrough performance, reliability, availability, scalability and investment protection for the widest possible range of business application workloads, from middleware and custom applications to packaged applications from Oracle and hundreds of 3rd party vendors, in both conventional and cloud deployments. As an Oracle Engineered System, Oracle Exalogic delivers faster deployment, higher user productivity, lower TCO, reduced risk and one-stop support.
For more information on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, visit Oracle.com
VCE Vblock Systems is an all-in-one virtualization platform that integrates the leading storage, network, and compute technologies from the likes of EMC, VMware and Cisco. VCE Vblock allows organizations to easily and securely deploy cloud computing and virtualization in their environments, supporting these multiple technologies and providing flexibility and agility for changing business needs.
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