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Chris Bradham
Consultant
Senior Technical Director at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Sep 19 2019

What is most valuable?

We primarily run OLTP with some reporting. With that being said, the feature that provides us the most performance gains is the Smart Flash Cache for the OLTP databases… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have a number of statistics collected before cutover on our legacy environment compared to Exadata. Without doing anything other than copying the data across, we saw… more»

What needs improvement?

My biggest gripe has been patches which has dramatically improved since our initial Exadata was delivered (January 2011). The only issues we periodically experience are… more»

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

We had ACS perform the initial Startup Pack, however there are companies that can do this much cheaper to lower the original setup cost, such as ours. Day-to-day cost is… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We didn't switch, we were doing a technology refresh and went with Exadata instead of building out our own Oracle RAC configuration. We previously had a combination of… more»

What other advice do I have?

Exadata is a powerful solution. As I mentioned there is a learning curve. Working with a company that has experience with Exadata can help avoid potential pain points and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had a custom solution and evaluated Exadata versus the custom solution. Exadata was actually a cheaper solution due to the number of cores. Oracle software licenses are… more»
Robin Saikat Chatterjee
Consultant
Head of Oracle Exadata Centre of Excellence at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 13 2018

What is most valuable?

Ksplice, Prevalidated Oracle RPMS , the testing done with Oracle database and weblogic and the UEK kernel have made Oracle linux systems best for running large oracle… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Ability to patch with no downtime and the ability to ensure all the prerequisites are satisfied without manual intervention saves time and effort and makes systems we… more»

What needs improvement?

we do have a little trepidation with systemd as it does have a learning curve . Also changing to a binary logging format for us feels like retrograde motion , but sadly… more»

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

There are many new options available now, including IaaS and CoD. I would advise others to engage a third-party expert to ensure that they get the best deal. I did note… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The initial setup was pretty straightforward. We had undergone training so we knew what was required and hence there were no surprises. There was participation from the… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would always consider this solution when I want an integrated scalable best-of-breed solution for enterprise class Oracle database deployment. I have seen so much… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

For us, we work with all vendors and every vendor has its good and bad qualities. We use all solutions and hence we know when to recommend the Exadata machine.
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Antony Mario Selvam
Real User
GIO IT Infra Build Er. DBA at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Oct 29 2018

What is most valuable?

The reports are always readily available. The backup solution that is the data file system is available for a 30 day insert. There is really no other software solution that gives us the same quality backup and restoration like this.

How has it helped my organization?

This improves the way our organization functions because it is on X86 machines. The X86 machines and also because the internal fiber channels are internally integrated, but while you want to have it in the network because integrating with the network, that is the external network(the tape drives and… more»

What needs improvement?

We have had issues with system restoration. If there is a system fail, the internal drives are useless. We need Exadata to integrate with that one, and to restore it back. But there should be something in place in case of system failure. One of the systems should have the facilities to troubleshoot… more»

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

The price is very high. But, it is worth it.
DrazenOrescanin
Consultant
Principal Consultant at Poslovna Inteligencija
Sep 29 2019

What is most valuable?

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.

What needs improvement?

There is no room for improvement because everything that they could solve, they have. It has good storage optimization, hardware actualization, and internal communication network. They made improvements in whatever they could. The problem with the Oracle Exadata is that it is a dead-end of technology. The supplier's market is dying, so they have no future. For analytical purposes, companies are… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it an eight out of ten.
User
Lead Administrator
Nov 20 2017

What is most valuable?

It enables us to consolidate, that's one thing. We have consolidated five databases into one box, so that definitely a cost-savings there. We migrated from ODS to X5-2, so that is one thing. The second thing of course are the extra features like the storage indexes. In short, the main feature that we take advantage of is the intelligence within the storage which makes it no longer a "dumb storage"… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using ODS.

What other advice do I have?

Personally, my requirements when looking for in a vendor: Definitely one is they have to be leading in that technology in the industry. The vendor should also make me want to use the latest proven technologies, we cannot take chances with that. Whichever is the case, whatever we are using a product for, that particular product has to be the industry best. That is one thing. Another thing is… more»
Real User
Sr. Director Technical Services at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 21 2017

What is most valuable?

The fact that it's an engineered system. It's a database in a box, storage, the networking, the compute engines. All of it's in one nice neat package. My DBAs like administering it. My application owners like its reliability on the back… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our ability to scale heavy workloads and our ability to consolidate lighter workloads and reduce our sprawl through the data sector.

What needs improvement?

Price. Extremely expensive. Maintenance is about industry average. They've got a pretty good upgrade roadmap. But it's been an expensive ride for us, but also a necessary one.

What other advice do I have?

It's a great investment for the large enterprise. I think with Exadata in the cloud, that's coming, that we're starting to look at - and they're obviously trying to push here at the conference - I think it'll open itself up to a lot of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We're constantly looking at other products. We went with Exadata because we needed some muscle on the back end for an ERP implementation. We've been through Exadata first-generation, and right now we're putting in X6s. We've had X2s, X3s… more»
Javid Ur Rahaman
Real User
Senior Practice Director at Forsys Inc
Jan 24 2018

What is most valuable?

* Exadata Smart Flash Cache - caches database objects with flash memory operations * Integrated appliance with all components supported by one vendor, Oracle

How has it helped my organization?

Our business cycle has benefited greatly with Exadata as our as operational efficiency has improved by 200%. Also, our business analytics platform performance has improved… more»

What needs improvement?

* It needs built-in big data features. * I'd like to see smart auto-healing features with machine-learning libraries. * Less power consumption would be nice. * It needs… more»

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

Oracle need to reduce the licensing cost to get more market penetration and offer as Open Financing Option.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Traditional Oracle RAC to Oracle Exadata RAC due to have scalable and robust database consolidated platform for upcoming release 12.2, which has ability to consolidate… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would truly recommend this to all SMEs and Big Enterprises for consolidating databases with a unified next-generation platform.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes with SAP HANA and other relevant platform for Analytics
Kamal K.
Consultant
Exadata Certified and Oracle Certified DBA Consultant at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
Nov 23 2017

What is most valuable?

This is an engineered system by Oracle. It provides very fast communication between the storage and database. A lot of data processing is done at the storage level.

How has it helped my organization?

This makes the queries and processing much faster than before; reports can run within minutes rather than hours.

What needs improvement?

Cost is very high. It needs to be made affordable to grab more customer base. A lot of the technical enhancements are being made by Oracle regularly. Now, it is available… more»

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

The price and license costs are high as compared to the normal database setup. It depends on the client's requirements and size of the databases. Clients/ buyers have to… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Earlier, we used SAN and the traditional servers. That was also good and time-tested for decades. This is all together a new concept.

What other advice do I have?

You should evaluate your requirements and budget.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No other options were available in this category at that time or even now.
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What is Oracle Exadata?

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

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