Oracle Database Appliance Room for Improvement

Augustine Octavius
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Currently in Ghana, where I work, there are just a few companies that can afford it, because the price is a little bit high. Even though for the private sector it's not that high, if this would come in much smaller boxes, and much cheaper, it would be much more affordable for SMBs, that's small and medium businesses. That would be helpful. View full review »
Applications And Database Operations Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oracle ODA is a fixed server appliance. It would be improved if it were an engineered system with scale-out capabilities. Virtualization features could also be improved. A web-based GUI would be a good start. Also VM-specific features, which provide VM-level fault tolerancy, could be added to this product. (This improvement would depends on the scale-out capabilities). View full review »
Ahmed Baraka
Database Administrator
The following issues need attention: * I would be happy to see the Oracle Auto Service Request (ASR) pre-installed in it instead of installing it in a separate machine. * The Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM) is quite slow. Sometimes the page takes ages to open. * The shutdown procedure in this box is different from many other servers that I worked with. For example, when you shut down the server, you see the LEDs of the storage part still on, and there is no button for that part to turn the power off. You can only unplug the power socket! View full review »
Lars Bo Vanting
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The following issues need some attention: * Ease of administration and deployment. With ODA X6-2 there are different “OAK” administration commands for the S/M/L models (e.g. “odacli”) compared to the HA model ("oakcli"). * In my opinion only one single command should be used for all ODA models, as it’s confusing. * Some of the new commands have limitations/restrictions, though I assume they’ll be improved over time. View full review »
Senior System Engineer with 51-200 employees
It had a lot of bugs, especially with the old patch bundles. There was no support for connecting it to an FC tape drive for backups. View full review »
Martin Ruthner
Senior Oracle DBA at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The following issues need some attention: * There is no option to combine a second ODA X2 in real application cluster mode. Therefore high availability is limited to same-cabinet RAC, and to offsite standby. * Storage expansion was not possible for ODA X2 so we frequently ran into storage limitations. * Even in an RAC setup it is not easy to avoid downtime because OS patching requires both nodes to be patched with very short overlapping. * Apparently there is a way to avoid downtime, but we did not explore that option anymore because we added a remote standby. View full review »
IT Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I would like to see some improvement in the capacity. View full review »
Abdul Hameed Qureshi
Chief Information Officer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The main thing would be to make ODA more affordable, to make it a more economical machine. Also, I would like to see virtualization, so you could implement all of your functions on one machine. Finally, improvement in the speed and performance would be good. View full review »
Mithil Reddy
Owner at a tech services company
Customers cannot cluster multiple appliances together to create a larger cluster (beyond two servers), nor can they expand the internal disk storage of the system beyond two storage trays. This area can be improved. View full review »
Mustafa Can
Database and Application Systems Expert at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Creating a VM on ODA could be improved. View full review »
Kiyoka Takahashi
DBA at a marketing services firm with 10,001+ employees
Patching: Oracle Database Appliance patching comes out two to three months after the regular patching cycle. . View full review »
Oracle DBA at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Patching cycles have many bugs that need to be addressed. View full review »

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