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Chris Bradham
Consultant
Architect - Data Services at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Feb 19 2020

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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 Tata Consultancy Services
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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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
User 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.
Syed Jaffar Hussain
Real User
CTO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Dec 01 2019

What is most valuable?

Most of the Exadata features are enabled by default, without the need for configuration. For example, the smart features include Smart Scan, Smart Flash Cache, Storage… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We experienced a significant performance improvement without changing the code, simply utilizing Oracle Exadata standard smart features including Smart Scan, Smart Flash… more»

What needs improvement?

General perception from many customers is the cost and maintenance of exadata database machine. Although Oracle recently introduced low cost storage and automated many… more»

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

Exadata is an expensive tool, but, considering the ROI, it's worth going for the solution.

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

We haven't used Engineered Systems for Oracle database platforms, though, we were on various platforms that were difficult to manage and maintain.

What other advice do I have?

Oracle is coming out with many advanced hardware additions and software solutions to make this product the world's best database machine.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We compared other market players of Engineered systems. However, Oracle Exadata features are unmatched by other players in the market.
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.
Jesus Carroll
Real User
User at a tech consulting company with 1-10 employees
Feb 19 2019

What do you think of Oracle Exadata?

What is our primary use case?

Omnichannel multiprocessing.

How has it helped my organization?

It provides efficient runtime processing.

What is most valuable?

Hybrid columnar compression.

What needs improvement?

Try to diminish the logging service.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

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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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