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Erman Arslan
Consultant
Applications And Database Operations Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 14 2017

What is most valuable?

* Backup/Restore performance: Fast backups, fast restores. * Decrease in I/O. * Decrease in database size and decrease... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have implemented Oracle EBS on Exadata several times. We mostly used Exadata as the data layer. The most significant... more»

What needs improvement?

Product specific documentation is satisfactory, but the interoperability documents should be improved. For example,... more»

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

I recommend a proper sizing. A proper sizing makes you decide how big your Exadata should be. In the sizing phase, you... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Our customers were using conventional converged infrastructures and standalone servers. The reason they switched can be... more»

What other advice do I have??

I recommend others to define their needs and the things they expect from Exadata. I strongly recommend doing a PoC to... more»
database2b75
Real User
Database Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 11 2017

What is most valuable?

Exadata has been very great for us in terms of database consolidation. We have been using Exadata because we have been upgrading our technology every single year. In the past, we... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The high availability of the database improved a lot. Our customers who are using it seem to be very happy with the response times. We also have a hot standby in case you need to... more»

What needs improvement?

The mix and match of hardware is always a problem. If you start with a product here and you want to migrate it two years later, you don't get the same version of the hardware. It's... more»

What other advice do I have??

We always believed that Oracle is a leader in improving technology. We always believe in their solutions. Oracle Exadata is a great product without a doubt. Our gut now says why... more»
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Chris Bradham
Consultant
Senior Technical Director at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Jun 18 2018

What is most valuable?

We primarily run OLTP with some reporting. With that being said, the feature that provides us the most performance... 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... more»

What needs improvement?

My biggest gripe has been patches which has dramatically improved since our initial Exadata was delivered (January... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We didn't switch, we were doing a technology refresh and went with Exadata instead of building out our own Oracle RAC... 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... more»
dba34af
Consultant
DBA at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Dec 22 2016

What is most valuable?

The number one feature is the speed; it's InfiniBand. We're serving almost 3.2 million people; it's an eligibility system. We add on 80 TB of data that needs to be churned and processed. Previously, we used Sun Solaris, and then we moved to a... more»

What needs improvement?

Pretty much whatever we need from the database side, it is there. There are specific things from the application side. I do not have a list; they do have a list of what you can't see from the database side. Pretty much what we are looking for... more»

What other advice do I have??

There are still a few issues that we are working on, but from a performance point of view, ease of use, scalability and reliability, plus we took a performance option for the storage – we were at capacity, so now we are good with the... more»
Julian Dontcheff
Consultant
Managing Director at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 17 2017

What is most valuable?

Stability, high ROI and low TCO. Plus performance, of course. Being able to compress the data, especially in big size... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In the past, Infrastructure units were mostly organized in teams like the Database team, the Storage team, the Backup... more»

What needs improvement?

The Initial investment price could use improvement. It is often the stumbling block. Many organizations have limited or... more»

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

There is no single answer to this question. It varies from client to client depending on the size of the systems... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

In the past, the complexity of building your own database environment was a long and tedious process. From deciding on... more»

What other advice do I have??

If a company is looking into Oracle Engineered Systems, I would suggest first that a health check is performed on the... more»
seniordb30a3
Real User
Senior DBA at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 22 2016

What is most valuable?

Its most valuable feature is the smart scan functionality. It allows for the queries to work faster. It offloads the stuff to the cell server,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I like the consolidation of all the components in one feature. I like the fact that it's very specialized and you can go ahead and utilize it,... more»

What needs improvement?

A lot of the extra features they're adding are wonderful, but they're always putting a price on it, for example, the in-memory thing. For... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We did not previously use a different solution. It's a data warehousing product. I know you can use it for online transaction processing, but... more»

What other advice do I have??

If a friend asked me about Exadata, I would encourage them to go with it.
Robin Saikat Chatterjee
Consultant
Head of Oracle Exadata Centre of Excellence at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
May 11 2018

What is most valuable?

Ksplice, Prevalidated Oracle RPMS , the testing done with Oracle database and weblogic and the UEK kernel have made... 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... more»

What needs improvement?

we do have a little trepidation with systemd as it does have a learning cirve . Also changing o a binary logging format... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

The initial setup was pretty straightforward. We had undergone training so we knew what was required and hence there... 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... more»
Mohamed Ali Mohamed
Real User
Statistics Analyst at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 06 2017

What is most valuable?

Workload offloading to the cell layer : Exadata is Oracle's engineered system which SW and HW are compatible and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Exadata accelerates the performance to whole applications in the environment at least by 2-3x times than the old... more»

What needs improvement?

* The integration between Exadata and Enterprise Cloud Manager should be included out of the box by default and should... more»

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

At first glance, it is expensive because it contains many HW and SW components and provides high availability, as you... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We previously used normal HW, then moved to VMware, then moved to Exadata to get good performance and consolidated... more»

What other advice do I have??

The team should be familiar with RAC; some HW and network knowledge. The team should understand the new Exadata SW... more»
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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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