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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 (especially useful for creating clone environments) * Low Memory… 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, there… more»

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

I recommend a proper sizing. A proper sizing makes you decide how big (1/8,1/4 etc) your Exadata should be. In the sizing… more»

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

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»
Chris Bradham
Consultant
Senior Technical Director at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Apr 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… 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 2011)… 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»

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… 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… more»
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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 included… more»

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

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

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… 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… more»

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

The price is very high. But, it is worth it.
Real User
Oracle DBA at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 31 2017

What is most valuable?

They just have a lot of products, and they work well together. I think it's free. That's one more thing. I think it's better than the VMware from… more»

How has it helped my organization?

My organization is supposed to integrate Oracle products with our line of products too, so it doesn't really improve, but I think it's a synergy… more»

What needs improvement?

Yes. Backup recovery, snapshot technology integrated with the hardware array, DR solutions, more of migrating VMs between different ones. It would… more»

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

No. It's just my focus of work. I'm supposed to work on Oracle products and their VM solutions, Oracle VM. I do use the VirtualBox, but that's not… more»

What other advice do I have?

They have to look at their existing infrastructure, what they have, and what makes sense. If they already have a big presence of VMware, it won't… more»
NitinVengurlekar
Consultant
Co-Founder/CTO/Chief Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jun 29 2017

What is most valuable?

The Exadata system is specifically optimized for database workloads. But the key [Exadata specific] features that we… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have consolidated a large portion of our disparate database deployments from across the enterprise onto the Exadata… more»

What needs improvement?

The key areas of improvements are better documentation, Exadata hardware stack monitoring, and improved awareness… more»

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

This is where the Exadata hangup occurs. Not only are users paying for Oracle EE and options such as RAC, and most of the… more»

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

We had disparate configurations, ranging from IBM AIX P-series, HP systems, and older Solaris systems. We began our… more»

What other advice do I have?

Understand pricing and cost of skillset acquisition. In addition, define the organizational layout for supporting the… more»
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… 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… 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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