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RIDWAAN Kaka
Database and Applications manager at AfroCentric Health
Real User
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Provides a huge reduction in storage requirements; ability to create environments from snapshots

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is VDB provisioning."
  • "Could be improved with richer reporting capabilities."

What is our primary use case?

My team manages Delphix on site. We are customers and resellers of Delphix. 

What is most valuable?

Without a doubt, the most valuable feature of Delphix is VDB provisioning. That feature has the ability to provision virtual databases and provide us with a huge reduction in storage requirements. In fact, it enables us to provision databases on demand at a fraction of the storage requirement that we would have needed without it.

Then there's the feature that enables us to rewind and create environments from snapshots of other environments and parent-child relationships. In general, we found everything around VDB provisioning and virtual databases to be exceptionally awesome. In my 20 years as an Oracle VBA, it's changed the landscape drastically.

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see some improvement on the reporting side, but we haven't had the opportunity to delve into that right now because we're in transition to a new company structure. We've been using mission control, the reporting aspects, and I would appreciate having more when it comes to rich reporting capabilities. On the whole, I think that the reporting side is the biggest area which needs improvement and could do with a bit of a refresher. That said, I'm on the management level and have only worked with reporting when issues arise whereas those who work with it on a day-to-day basis, may have other features they'd like to see.

We've had some discussions with Delphix regarding the ability to do cross-platform migrations, something we are very interested in. If you have Delphix on an AIX or Spark machine with a large endian database architecture and you want to run your CDBs on a small architecture or vice versa, it should be possible to do a conversion. That's currently not the case. Other than that, there's not much more they could improve.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using Delphix for close to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable, everything runs well.  

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven't had much need for scalability, no requirements since inception. When we did have some discussions regarding scaling Delphix, I think it was quite evident that it would be easy to do due to its flexibility.

How are customer service and technical support?

I believe that Delphix's support team is one of the best around. They are helpful and they don't walk away from a problem. We've had instances where other vendors such as VMware have blamed Delphix for certain issues and when Delphix assisted us we eventually found out that it was actually errors outside Delphix that were causing the issues. Their support is helpful because they guide you through the upgrades, I think it's probably the best out there right now.

I rate this solution a nine out of 10. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

From a GUI perspective, I haven't worked with anything like Delphix before and haven't seen anything yet that is as good as Delphix. I think a couple of other products on the table might be IBM InfoSphere and Oracle Snap Clone, but there's no guarantee that we'll be going with those because we're still waiting for confirmation on whether those technologies can run against our IBM Z line architecture.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was quite easy. Implementation staff were not required to undergo any training. We were closely assisted by the reseller who helped with the setups, and that process was easy. We've been managing that environment ever since and whenever we encounter issues we have been very well accommodated by the vendor support team.

What about the implementation team?

For the implementation, we received help from the reseller and it was quite easy.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I think the price is reasonable but we haven't truly been able to compare Delphix with similar solutions and their costing, so I can't say for certain whether it's cheap in comparison. I'm not too in touch with the actual costing because it's not my area but when it comes to support, I believe we pay roughly 5 million South African Rand annually. If I look at cost savings alone, I reckon we are saving something close to eight petabytes worth of storage with Delphix. I see that as a game changer. 

What other advice do I have?

I haven't been exposed to anything else out there that's similar, but from the reading that I've done it seems that a lot of people have found Delphix offers quite a bit. At the end of the day, I think it's awesome technology. We have people managing it now that are not even experienced or certified for Oracle resources. It's quite an easy technology to implement and then maintain, and using it is also quite easy. 

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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