Oracle Exadata Reviews

Oracle Exadata is the #2 ranked solution of our top Data Warehouse tools. It's rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Teradata - Oracle Exadata vs Teradata

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Chris Bradham
Consultant
Senior Technical Director at AEM Corporation
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 »
Real User
Deputy CEO, CIO at a insurance company with 51-200 employees
Aug 09 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable part of the product is performance enhancement.

What needs improvement?

We still have to migrate to the latest version of Exadata, which we plan to do later this year or in the next year. Because of that, I am not sure we have anything that we would need to have added. I… more »

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

If you compare an Oracle database on your system to buying into Exadata, which is an engineering system consisting of hardware, then, of course, it is more expensive. On the other hand, it gives you… more »

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

We developed some software for migration. The previous database was on the mainframe server and it was quite a nice product. We have a lot of experience, both with Oracle Exadata, with other… more »

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Oracle Exadata highly. If you compare it to other engineering databases, I would rate it a nine. Practically perfect… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It is quite difficult really to compare and evaluate all the solutions available. The market is pretty mature. We have to just make a shortlist of possible solutions from whatever products and… more »
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Robin Saikat Chatterjee
Consultant
Head of Oracle Exadata Centre of Excellence at Tata Consultancy Services
May 09 2020

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.
Antony Mario Selvam
Vendor
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.
Adriano-Simao
Real User
IT System Integrator at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Aug 10 2020

What is most valuable?

Business Continuity is the most valuable feature. The replication between the site via Data Guard is performing without any constraints, the agility to make tests of switchover, and back following disaster recovery procedure. The… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved the performance, now we run with more performance cores with less CPU to attend all the database demands. Reducing Time to Market, increase our ability to face the competition with speed and low cost. We improved the… more »

What needs improvement?

The Oracle Support. I believe Oracle must improve its procedure to support the clients. The customer Ready Service must provide more use cases and benchmarks of their infrastructure to support client design decisions. Oracle must audit… more »

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

Going to EXADATA is not good advice for non-profit companies, like government institutions, all though this is a very safe infrastructure to guarantee security and availability for a long period. The OPEX must be well prepared for a period… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Postgress.
Consultant
Master Consultant - RedHat & Oracle Cloud, Virtualization , Automation at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 18 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the time to solution. The standard deviation that comes with it is helpful. We appreciate the operational standards, which includes patching at least two times per year. This keeps it secure and up to date.

What needs improvement?

There is room for improvement with the handling of the Temp IO, which is often used for JOIN statements. In my experience, rather than being handled by flash memory, it is being done using the hard drive. This slows it down a lot in certain cases. The reason this happens is that Temp IO often has a… more »

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

The licensing is the same as it is with other Oracle products, which depends on how many CPU cores are activated. In addition to that, there are storage licenses that are needed. All things considered, the price of this product is fairly high, as is always the case with Oracle.

What other advice do I have?

This is a product that I can recommend, although there needs to be a clear understanding of the use cases because Exadata doesn't come cheap. There is the requisition cost, the cost of support, costs for maintenance, and none of that is cheap. As long as there is a solid reason why Exadata is needed… more »
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.
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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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