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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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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
Consultant
Head Of Section Of DB Ms Support And Deployment at Sportmaster
Nov 23 2017

What is most valuable?

Scalability and high performance, real high performance.

How has it helped my organization?

The most basic business solutions run more quickly.

What needs improvement?

I don't know. We've only just started using it. It's a new solution for us.

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

We just switched from another older version of Exadata to the newest one.

What other advice do I have?

When looking at vendors to work with we look for good, fast implementation of the solution, reliable support, and lower cost. It's a good solution for a data warehhouse, analytics, etc. It's just a… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our short list was HP and IBM. We went with Oracle because we needed a unified solution like Exadata. No one else could provide a solution with this performance, for us.
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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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
Vendor
Head of Oracle DBA at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 22 2017

What is most valuable?

Exadata storage is very fast and it gives really good performance. Sometimes people buy a good server with a lot of CPU, pay a lot of money, but they have very poor storage performance and then they don't get enough performance from their system. Exadata really gives good storage performance and our business applications run very fast.

What needs improvement?

It's perfect. I don't know what to improve in Exadata.

What other advice do I have?

I totally recommend buying Exadata. It's very good product. I haven't ever seen anything better than Exadata for Oracle Database.
Vendor
Enterprise Architect at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Nov 22 2017

What is most valuable?

Performance. Excavation is purely for the storage of the data warehouses. It does what it needs to do. It performs. We have an active-passive DR. We tested it, it works. We can switch datacenters within reasonable time and go completely live in another data center on the technology we have.

How has it helped my organization?

We bought the whole stack, so we have extra discs. We have one month to show that an application doesn't work. We found out that installing and running the software on Oracle, was better than on the other platforms we used before.

What needs improvement?

Off the top of my head I can't think of anything.

What other advice do I have?

No vendor is reliable. We say there's a difference between proven in PowerPoint and proven in practice. We always find out in practice if it really works. Personally, what I like to see is somebody who understands the business. What I see is that a lot of vendors are mainly focused on technology and… more »
Vendor
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 »
Vendor
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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 »
Consultant
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 that perspective. I think it has improved quite a bit… 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 between the two companies, to be able to bring in the… 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 be nice to have a single click button to, say… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 enterprise grade, I don't think. Customers in an… 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 make sense to start with Oracle VM products. If they… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

If I were a customer and I had to choose, honestly there's only two other solutions out there, either VMware or Oracle VM. I think Hyper-V is too narrow-focused, so it would be out of my choices… more »
Consultant
User at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 31 2017

What do you think of Oracle Exadata?

What is most valuable?

Performance and storage is good.

How has it helped my organization?

Reduces cycle time for batch processing.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better application performance.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this for six months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There were no real deployment issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were no stability issues so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There were no scalability issues so far.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Customer service is excellent. Technical Support: Technical service is excellent.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I

Vendor
Dev Lead PeopleSoft FIN at a religious institution with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 30 2017

What is most valuable?

I like its reliability. I like the storage cell because of the amount of RAM and memory. It has the ability to do a lot of things, so that it doesn't transfer as much data out as other systems do.

How has it helped my organization?

Once we went to Exadata, we started doing statistics on a weekly basis. Between the two of them, things have stabilized quite a bit; didn't need as much tuning, and so it required less DBA time to do that. DBAs were freed up to do other… more »

What needs improvement?

We have a 2X. Because I don't know what the 6X does, I don't know what additional features I’d like to see them include in future releases.

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

Someone in the upper management decided to spend some money, and we had the machines; he said use them.

What other advice do I have?

What size of database are you working with? What kind of reliability and stability do you need? Is the cost worth what they would get out of the stability. I like the Oracle database. I find Oracle as a whole has a very stable database. As… more »
Vendor
Sr. Programmer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 25 2017

What do you think of Oracle Exadata?

What is most valuable?

Smart scan and smart indices are the most valuable features.

How has it helped my organization?

It improved the query performance.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see improvement in retail store response times.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There were deployment issues, but the dev team fixed them.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were no issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There were no issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: I would give customer service a rating of 7/10. Technical Support: I…
Vendor
IT Specialist with 10,001+ employees
Jul 21 2017

What is most valuable?

The solution offloads the storage. This gives us great performance without impacting the CPU.

How has it helped my organization?

We have improved the average response time between 36% and 85%, depending on the database after migrating to Exadata.

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

Exadata has great value. The storage CPUs do not count on the Oracle Database licenses. If you are acquiring a larger configuration, I would advise you to consider getting two smaller ones, so you can: * Get more memory * Get additional, separate environments if required by your scenario. (You cannot virtualize OS on Exadata.) Maybe you should not license every Oracle product if you do not need… more »
Consultant
Senior Oracle RAC / Exadata Administrator at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 16 2017

What is most valuable?

Smart Scan, HCC Compression, Storage Indexes, Flash Cache, Flash Log and the two server types, i.e., High Performance and High Capacity are the most valuable features.

How has it helped my organization?

It provides terrific performance, huge space savings in compressed backups and lesser backup duration with parallelism.

What needs improvement?

Gathering various logs during the performance issues needs to improve.

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

Previously, we were using the standard UNIX clustering servers. Performance and scalability are the reasons as to why we switched over to this solution.

What other advice do I have?

This is a really good solution. Initially, query issues are expected but once stabilized, an amazing performance is expected.
Vendor
DBA Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Jul 09 2017

What do you think of Oracle Exadata?

What is most valuable?

Stability and performance.

How has it helped my organization?

Provides data analytics and helps with warehouse needs. It helps analyze network performance.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see improvement in terms of upgrades.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There were deployment issues with the upgrade process. There was conflicting documentation and varying responses from Oracle support.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were stability issues during upgrades.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There were no scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: I would give customer support a rating of 5/10. The FEs are usually good…
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 leverage for our workloads is Exadata Smart Scan… 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. This has saved us and our customers Capex and… more »

What needs improvement?

The key areas of improvements are better documentation, Exadata hardware stack monitoring, and improved awareness (self-tuning) application/SQL for Exadata. For… 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 must-have features such as Advanced Compression… more »

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

We had disparate configurations, ranging from IBM AIX P-series, HP systems, and older Solaris systems. We began our consolidation approach and standardized on the Exadata… more »

What other advice do I have?

Understand pricing and cost of skillset acquisition. In addition, define the organizational layout for supporting the Exadata, since Exadata is a “converged and engineered… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we looked at Hyper-Converged Systems and UCS compute with All-Flash-Arrays. And we did buy those systems for specific applications that didn’t fit the Exadata… more »
Vendor
DBA - Oracle Exadata at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 29 2017

How has it helped my organization?

Database consolidation driving hardware and licensing cost reduction.

What needs improvement?

Complexity comes from patching the whole stack (firmware to database). If you have subscribed to a platinum support contract, Oracle will do it for you.

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

Public price is high, as usual with Oracle. You need to make a deal with Oracle sales.

What other advice do I have?

You should carefully plan your Gridisk/ASM disk layout, One big +DATA and +RECO, or one by database. Also think about your ORACLE_HOME: just one or many? Having several Oracle_Home gives you flexibility in patching (you can stop only one… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.
Vendor
Senior Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
Jun 29 2017

What is most valuable?

The fact that we can consolidate all our databases into a single box is a cool feature. The extreme performance of Exadata is something that was worth paying for. Exadata… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, we were always facing performance related issues for the hundreds of internal applications running on our databases. That part has reduced quite dramatically… more »

What needs improvement?

We did not see the volume of compression claimed by Oracle (10x-50x) on a table that had completely unique data. The table itself was about 140 GBs in size and we hardly… more »

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

My advice would be to have a licensing expert with you to study and analyze the licensing policy before you commit to the investment. There are a whole lot of… more »

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

We were using an HPE solution, but as we were outgrowing our storage requirements, we explored other alternatives. Exadata seemed a very logical choice for consolidating… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to go with Exadata. It is definitely worth the investment.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated EMC Storage and Greenplum.
JR Shaik
Real User
Database Infrastructure Cloud Architect-Oracle,AWS Migration,Upgardes(Cassandra,Postgres,Hadoop BI) at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Jun 28 2017

What is most valuable?

Exadata storage cell offloading software is the most valuable feature.

How has it helped my organization?

With Exadata database migration we saw a 50x performance gain.

What needs improvement?

* DevOps and built-in AI libraries to overcome storage. * Oracle data-file high water mark and self healing, self scale up, scale down.

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

Oracle should offer free cell node licensing to encourage current RAC clients to switch.

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

Traditional RAC to optimize all-in-one appliance hardware, database, software, network, storage.

What other advice do I have?

Negotiate with Oracle for licensing and consolidation of licensing.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We explored Teradata, Cisco and EMC appliances.
Vendor
Manager
Jun 26 2017

What do you think of Oracle Exadata?

What is most valuable?

Speed and stability.

How has it helped my organization?

Payroll used to take two and a half days. It now takes one or two hours.

What needs improvement?

The Oracle support team needs to understand the product better than the customers do.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for one and a half years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We had no deployment issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We had minor stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We had no scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Customer service was OK. Technical Support: Technical support was OK.

Which

Vendor
Senior Software Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Jun 23 2017

What is most valuable?

* Oracle OEM * Analytic functions and Window functions * Parallelism * Hints to the optimizer * Gather statistics * Extended Statistics

How has it helped my organization?

We tuned so much code recently by using all the techniques above and it is working fantastic.

What needs improvement?

The Oracle tuning advisor could have been available to Developers so that they can send the advises to DBA's.

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

Pricing is fine because we are seeing an excellent results. we could have get the same things for lower prices but the Oracle service is really good.

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

We never used any other solutions before and we are only using Oracle form the beginning.

What other advice do I have?

Oracle solutions are excellent and evolves according to the customer needs. Whenever there is a bug we recommend to the customers directly so that they are aware of whats… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. 1. Performance, 2. Scalability 3. Cost
Rajinder Sachdeva (Pmp, Oracle Certified Master.)
Real User
Infrastructure Architect at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Jun 22 2017

What do you think of Oracle Exadata?

What is most valuable?

Storage Base Indexes, Caging and Hybrid Column Compression.

How has it helped my organization?

Put all the List of Value tables on Flash Storage for fast Reading in Oracle ERP, Performance Improved.

What needs improvement?

eAM, Inventory, Financial and Procurement and HR

For how long have I used the solution?

6 Years

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: 7 out of 10 Technical Support: 7 out of 10

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

IBM AIX P5

How was the initial setup?

Straightforward

What about the

Gurcan Orhan
Consultant
Data Quality Software Development Manager at Yapı Kredi Bank
Jun 21 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of the solution is that it is durable. It is a highly relevant option with extreme performance. The extreme performance is one of the key features when you're using Exadata… more »

How has it helped my organization?

I'm currently writing a data warehouse on Exadata. Before this solution, we were aiming for this to be completed by 8 a.m., when our ETLs would finish. With the help of Exadata's special features… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more database features and maybe more archiving features, because we need to do data archiving. I would like to see additional database memory.

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

Previous to this solution, we were using a normal Oracle RAC service. We were just waiting for this product to come out.

What other advice do I have?

Get the database on Oracle first. If you are in an Oracle stack, it would be much better to use the Oracle products. If you are driving a Ferrari, you wouldn’t put a Mercedes engine in it. If you are… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had already chosen Exadata, so we didn't compare this solution with many other products.
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 databases, has been extremely useful as HCC can… 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 team, the Unix team, the Monitoring team, etc. Now… more »

What needs improvement?

The Initial investment price could use improvement. It is often the stumbling block. Many organizations have limited or small budgets for the initial investment. This has… 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 in the setup.

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

In the past, the complexity of building your own database environment was a long and tedious process. From deciding on the hardware and the operating system, to… 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 current system, in addition to making a PoC on the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

IBM POWER, SAP HANA, VCE Vblock and Teradata.
ErmanArslan, Oracle ACE
Real User
Sr. Director, Systems & Databases at GTech
Jun 14 2017

What is most valuable?

* Backup/Restore performance: Fast backups, fast restores (especially useful for creating clone environments) * Low Memory utilization on database nodes: The database… 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 gain was in the area of performance. Performance… more »

What needs improvement?

Product specific documentation is satisfactory, but the interoperability documents should be improved. For example, there should be a step-by-step installation document… 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 phase, you can also decide whether to license all… more »

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

Our customers were using conventional converged infrastructures and standalone servers. The reason they switched can be explained with the following list of items: *… 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 ensure that Exadata meets their expectations. Of… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In general, our customers are generally interested in Exadata. But, there are cases where the power of Exadata is just too much. Especially when the databases are not so… more »
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 contains many layers (compute nodes – networking – storage… 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 hardware. * One consolidated environment for all Oracle… more »

What needs improvement?

* The integration between Exadata and Enterprise Cloud Manager should be included out of the box by default and should be agent-less, just discovery only; or, add an… 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 have to buy licenses for DB, RAC, packs, and Exadata… more »

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

We previously used normal HW, then moved to VMware, then moved to Exadata to get good performance and consolidated platform for DBs.

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 related to the cell layer. Consider the COD feature to… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we also evaluated HPE HW including flash memory and SSD disks, but it was more expensive at that time.
Vendor
Director at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 31 2017

What do you think of Oracle Exadata?

What is most valuable?

Performance with use of storage compute.

How has it helped my organization?

Single appliance with no additional tooling required for deployment reduces overall maintenance and cost of ownership.

What needs improvement?

Cost, need for additional licenses for core Oracle products.

For how long have I used the solution?

Two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Yes, Cisco switch is not a standard within our company. Need to deploy with Oracle switch, after initial validation and setup, un-plug all network, replace the Cisco switch, and recable. This is time consuming and should not be required if Oracle would simply put in a different Cisco switch.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No.

What do I think

Vendor
Database Administrator at Qualys
Jan 16 2017

What is most valuable?

I like mainly the performance. Also, we have enabled RAC clusters. That's one of the main things, as well as high availability. The performance and high availability are really awesome.

How has it helped my organization?

The main benefit is that everything is powered by Oracle; the whole box, hardware, software, and storage. So we have the flexibility of going to one vendor directly instead of going to multiple… more »

What needs improvement?

In the current version we're using, we had lots of storage issues, disk failures, etc. We think in the future, we'd like to see that reduced. That will reduce the cost and everything for the client.

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

It's very costly.

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

We didn’t have any previous solution. We had different vendors, like a storage vendor, and the DB software was from Oracle. As a security company, we want to maintain our compliance by applying the… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest going with the product, but again it depends on the application, the budgeting and all that. The budget for the application depends on how critical the application is. If it's really… more »
Consultant
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 were using a Sun server and managing that as an… 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 migrate or do an upgrade. Overall, the company itself was… 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 always different when you mix and match hardware. For… 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 not go like we wanted and migrate to Oracle RAC. We didn’t… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

A combination of pure flash storage and T4-4 servers are also extremely good in terms of latency times. It matches your TPS (transactions per second). Oracle had a little bit of an edge in terms of the best practices. Also, it's easier to… more »
Consultant
Data Center Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 11 2017

What is most valuable?

It's about consolidation of my infrastructure, scalability, high performance, and availability. These are the main factors that led me to choose this solution, as well as the cost. Exadata saves on my storage costs. All our costs were reduced significantly, and that was the reason why we went back to Exadata.

What needs improvement?

On the improvement side, they’re pretty much good. With the latest version, X6-2, we have enhanced the storage capacity. It was 4 TB each disk, now it’s 8 TB each disk; essentially same size appliance with more storage space. That request has been heard and we're able to mitigate that. Increased storage was one thing and they have definitely done better on the IO of flash storage. They implemented… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend this product if cost is not a factor. The implementation costs are, frankly, higher, but your return on investment over a period of time is less. If you're looking for that, then I would definitely advise to go for this product.
Consultant
Senior Principal Consultant at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Jan 11 2017

What is most valuable?

For me, the most valuable feature is the fact that it’s an integrated system of software and hardware together.

How has it helped my organization?

We see cost saving due to the reduced footprint in the data center and improved performance.

What needs improvement?

There has been great improvement from the X2 to the X6 versions. There is a lot of improvement every time. CPU power is always doubled every time and memory power is doubled, so they are on the right track. Monitoring might be a good option… more »

What other advice do I have?

Engage me.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at a custom-built solution.
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Director of Information Technology at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jan 11 2017

What is most valuable?

The scale of the product is the most valuable feature. We use it for data warehouse and for that, we need to process a whole bunch of data faster. That is one of the features that we use this product most. We use it for bringing data from… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It has enabled us to implement business intelligence. That is the most important function that we are using it for. It has helped us line-up. Earlier, we used to take close to 24 hours in some cases. Now, it's a matter of a couple of hours.

What needs improvement?

They can make it faster and more scalable. Currently, it is not. Actually, we carried out a benchmark against another company's product. Oracle took about 14 hours and that company's product took only thirty minutes. It is like a day and… more »

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

We were not using any other solution prior to this. The reason why we chose this product is because we had already invested in Oracle and they had this to offer, so we continued with it.

What other advice do I have?

If we needed to use it for batch requirements like before, it is still one of the best solutions. But, right now with the needs that we have, it isn't enough. If you are looking for batch processing, this solution is the way to go. However… more »
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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 Windows platform. It was really bad. We started the load on Tuesday, and sometime around noon on Wednesday it finished. Sometimes, it would crash. Right now… 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 is part of the 12c that is coming out. Most developers are used to Microsoft .NET and SQL Server. We are all cutting out Oracle, so there is a shift within… 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 capacity, too – overall, I feel like everybody is happy with the product. When I am looking at vendors like Oracle, the primary criteria will be the support. When you… more »
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Database Engineer at a leisure / travel company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 21 2016

What is most valuable?

Usually, the I/O operation is a more intensive and costly one. In any transaction processing, the I/O is a more expensive operation due to storage and better performance. That's where most of the latency and time would be spent in overall flow. Exadata has an additional service and computing power at the storage level as well which reduces this latency. Usually it's available only on the high-end machines. Exadata as a platform is a complete solution, where you have CPU memory with an additional server and inter-cell storage. That's the beauty of Exadata; IOPS and good overall latency and… more »

What needs improvement?

In terms of improvement, related to other products when we were running down the physical servers, we ran into some issues. We are always on the latest stack so at this point of time we are self-sufficient. Once we deployed Exadata, we never had to look back, at least in recent times. One improvement would be the limitation on the storage. For example, when we buy with a double or triple CN, it comes with some storage. Once we reach that point, we don't have any other option. This was in the old version. We don't know how it is improved in the current version; maybe there is a way to optimize… more »
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Sr. Oracle Database Architect at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the flash cache. Let's say you have brought it in at the application level. You don't want to change your code. You take the object, you put it in the flash, and it runs fast.

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest benefit for organization is the performance. That's it. That's the endgame. We want to satisfy the client. When they click, they get it fast, and that's it. Also, the fact that it reduces your IO because the storage and the… more »

What needs improvement?

Support.

What other advice do I have?

The main thing I would tell people is, whoever is going to maintain it has to know what he's doing. When you spend your money and you don't have the good people, you don't get your money back. It's a waste of money. You have to know who you… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Superdome. We decided to go with the Oracle product because we are an Oracle shop. Oracle has intelligence on what it's doing. It integrates really well.
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Senior Oracle DBA at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Dec 14 2016

What do you think of Oracle Exadata?

What is most valuable?

Offloading is the most valuable feature of Exadata. It integrates well with our other products.

How has it helped my organization?

Conservation Performance

What needs improvement?

There are little things that need fine tuning, such as storage. It’s also missing some features that you would expect from a data warehousing tool, such as snapshots.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It scales well for our needs.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Teradata, but Exadata is perfect.

What other advice do I have?

Definitely take some courses on Clusterware, ASM,…
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DBA at a religious institution with 51-200 employees
Dec 12 2016

What is most valuable?

A valuable feature is that everything goes into one machine; Oracle and the applications, so that is a big advantage. Sometimes, I don't see any difference between Linux servers and the Oracle ones.

What needs improvement?

We have only used this product for 3 years so I cannot say what exactly needs improvement. See my Technical Support answer below.

What other advice do I have?

One thing that's good is that everything is into one machine; the database and the application that we are using. Oracle cannot blame the third-party vendor. It's an OEM problem, so Oracle itself needs to support this product. That's the only advantage that I see. Oracle loves to blame somebody else for their issues. That’s why I am not keen on this product. I use a lot of Linux servers and they… more »
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Sr. Director Technical Services at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 09 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is 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… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits we see are our ability to scale heavy workloads, and our ability to consolidate lighter workloads and reduce our sprawl through the data center.

What needs improvement?

Price: It’s extremely expensive. Maintenance is about industry average. I think they've got a pretty good upgrade road map. It's been an expensive ride for us but 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 are obviously trying to push at conferences, I think it'll open itself up to a lot of other customers… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We're constantly looking at other products. We ultimately chose 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… more »
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Technology Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 08 2016

What is most valuable?

Fast performance and tons of storage that we can have to put a lot of databases under the Exadata Server are the most valuable features in this product.

How has it helped my organization?

For us, speed is the most important factor. For our SLAs, we need to maintain the performance. Thus, performance is one of the main criteria for our applications and that plays a major role.

What needs improvement?

Performance is what we always tend to work on and it could still be improved. For example, if we get Echo Calls then the performance also shoots up.

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

We did look at other products but Oracle has its way of marketing. We had IBM as the other competitor, but I don't know whether they have any product equal to Exadata.

What other advice do I have?

Go for it if cost is not a factor. It's been good; so far we have not experienced any issues.
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VP at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 01 2016

What do you think of Oracle Exadata?

What is most valuable?

The best features are its robustness, stability, and performance.

What needs improvement?

Actually, I'm using the old version. The latest version is already out with all a lot of new features; so what I’m looking for is already there in that. Once we start using the new one, then we can come to know what additions we can put in.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It seems very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is good.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is awesome. Oracle is our technical support; so when we need it, they are there.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup is complex. You need Oracle technical support to do your initial setup.

What other

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Senior Database Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 29 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is supposed to be speed. I like the consolidation with the memory, the SSD and the InfiniBand, and the algorithms that they use internally to take different paths through for the database traffic. All of those… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We've just started to convert over and the performance out of it was not as much as we had expected. We're seeing only, probably, one-third faster than where we were at. I don't know if we'll get the benefit that we had anticipated out of… more »

What needs improvement?

I think their platinum support needs to be improved. It's very difficult after you've got the product in-house. They’ve got great service up until you get the product. Then, you get the product, and trying to find someone to help you with… more »

What other advice do I have?

You want to get everything set up before it comes in the door. While you still have that sales support with you, you want to get all of your additional support, because you have to be added in for the platinum support area. Get all of that… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, I did not evaluate other options. This was a CIO decision and we went with Exadata.
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Business Intelligence and Data Integration Manager at a government with 10,001+ employees
Nov 29 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is definitely the storage offload; the fact that, as you're executing your SQL, it's segregated out to a storage device, and the database itself doesn't have to take that… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It has definitely improved my organization, because it's an engineered solution. It's not pieces and parts from different vendors. Having the one-vendor solution that's fully supported by Oracle, it… more »

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see them improve more of the reporting capabilities of Enterprise Manager for the Exadata plug-in.

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

It was end of life for our previous hardware. We had to buy something. The Exadata just seemed to be a better solution.

What other advice do I have?

Know what versions of hardware are out there, for any type of an engineered solution. Understand where there might not be redundancy in the solution, to know if that's going to meet your needs or not… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The replacement hardware was ironically Sun. Because Oracle procured Sun, they just became our natural progression. When I’m choosing a vendor to work with, I look at the reliability of the actual… more »
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Lead Performance Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 24 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of the overall system is the way it is engineered. It basically gives you the best performance. The most important thing that you will see in the database, especially an Oracle database, is the latency because of IO. Because of the built-in flash, the latency is really reduced quite drastically. We do see very good performance, at least 30% better performance in our… more »

What needs improvement?

It's very specialized hardware. It really meets very critical needs, but it is very expensive. When I was working for another company, which was a mid-sized company, they did not even consider Exadata just because of cost. Making it more cost effective might help them. Other than that, from a technical point of view, I can't think of any area with room for improvement.

What other advice do I have?

If they are really looking for performance, and performance is the only thing that matters to them, while having a very stable system, this product is engineered within Oracle, who knows their database more than anyone else. A combination of hardware and software from the same vendor, it is specifically designed for Oracle Database, so I definitely recommend it, if it meets all their other cost… more »
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Manager, Data Warehouse Development | Business Intelligence at a leisure / travel company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 22 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the high columnar compression and the flash cache. Basically, the whole I/O subsystem is valuable, but those two features are really big for us.

What needs improvement?

Pricing.

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

As far as cost goes, it's really expensive. The huge price tag on it is the only reason why I have not given it a perfect rating.

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

Previously, we just used regular Oracle databases on standard hardware. Now, most of our products are on their own silo databases. Now, we're pushing them all to a single Exadata, using Exadata solutions.

What other advice do I have?

If you have the money, spend it; if it makes sense, obviously. If you're really I/O bound, it's a great solution; I/O bound from performance to storage. With the high columnar compression, we're getting close to 10X compression. When I’m… more »
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Solution Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Nov 22 2016

What is most valuable?

One of its most valuable features is the ease of managing infrastructure as a whole; software and hardware coming together in one place to manage all the architecture, networking, hardware, software, storage, etc.

What needs improvement?

Every year, there is definitely some incremental improvement; faster storage, more compute nodes, better networking, etc. At some point, regarding the whole computation model, instead of just having more and more CPUs, the core itself probably needs to get smarter. Instead of saying, “Oh, it's 16… more »

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

We previously just had commodity servers that we replaced with Exadata for the ease of convenience.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend Exadata to someone in a similar job role as myself at a similar-sized company, but I would also them to understand the need of what they’re trying to do and not necessarily go to Exadata just because it's nice. They need to spend time on what they want to get out of it… more »
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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, so it provides better performance.

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, out of the box. It is intuitively different than a normal… 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 certain things, such as Exadata, we're going to stay with… more »

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

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 it's perfectly wonderful for data warehousing. It has a… more »

What other advice do I have?

If a friend asked me about Exadata, I would encourage them to go with it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In the past, we were looking at EMC solutions; the flash, the different disks and so on. It still wasn't able or capable to function the way that the Exadata does. That's why Exadata won out, but… more »
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CIO Group Services at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Nov 01 2016

What is most valuable?

It is fast and integrated. It combines hardware with the software that we use from Oracle. It's a complete stack, not only for the hardware but the full implementation and delivery, so it’s really good for IT.

How has it helped my organization?

We have seen performance and reliability benefits. It's also beneficial from a cost perspective.

What needs improvement?

We are using it now predominantly as a hardware stack managed by our company. We would love to see it more as a service; a database-as-a-service offering.

What other advice do I have?

The Nike one: Just do it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at other organizations or vendors, as well. We also looked at the database appliance from Oracle. We decided to go with the Exadata product because of the size of our company.
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Unix/Linux Platform Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Oct 20 2016

What is most valuable?

It provides performance for our highly critical applications. They seem to be doing real well with keeping up on the performance and everything, especially what I have seen with the new chipset that is being offered. I can't really think of anything that they are not doing that they should be doing.

What needs improvement?

It can be difficult to patch and maintain because there are so many databases running on it.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend it for highly critical, performance-sensitive applications. You have to do a TCO on it because it is a fairly expensive solution. There has to be a cost-benefit analysis done on that.
Consultant
Director - OSP/Engineered Systems at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 20 2016

What is most valuable?

Oracle Exadata provides very good performance and reliability. It's a highly reliable system and provides maximum performance.

How has it helped my organization?

The business outcomes are much faster; end users are very happy so they can focus on their day-to-day work rather than waiting for the computer, the response from the system. In many customer cases, reports that used to take 10-12 hours get completed in 1-2 hours, a massive reduction. A business… more »

What needs improvement?

A major concern from customers is that it's very costly, but if they think about the total cost of ownership over 3-5 years, I think the total cost attests to the business readiness and it doesn't come out to be very costly.

What other advice do I have?

It's a very good product. I think if you have a business use and can justify the cost, go and buy it. You'll never regret it.
Consultant
Senior DBA and Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 16 2016

What is most valuable?

The system is engineered to run both databases and enterprise applications unlike other engineered systems, which are either tailored only for databases or only for applications. The ability to… more »

How has it helped my organization?

With SuperCluster and Exadata, all of the servers and storage are integrated within the same rack. This reduces the configuration and setup time, increases performance, and makes maintenance and… more »

What needs improvement?

In the area of Solaris zone-level virtualization, it would be good to have memory capping as a tool for memory management. Currently for 11g databases running on Exadata with smart scan against hybrid… more »

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

In the long run one can consolidate the various DB related licenses. The number of cores required to run the DBs and applications is much lower on a SuperCluster with Exadata, thereby leading to fewer… more »

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

Previously, we had multiple servers both with and without physical partitioning. The storage for all of the servers had to be zoned to a SAN. The servers and the storage previously were from different… more »

What other advice do I have?

The SuperCluster in addition to Exadata storage also comes with ZFS storage cluster. Since the compute nodes, storage and networking components are fully integrated with InfiniBand I/O fabric this… more »
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Database Development Leader at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 08 2016

What is most valuable?

The following features of Exadata are the most valuable to me: * Cell offloading * Smart Scan * Flash Cache * Infiniband Fabric * IO Resource Manager * Hybrid Columnar Compression * Storage Indexes

How has it helped my organization?

The Exadata database machine is a perfect solution to cater to the needs of large data warehouses. It aptly addresses the problems of database consolidation and marks an end to the argument of running mixed workloads together. With Exadata, we were not only able to consolidate our large data… more »

What needs improvement?

Starting from Exadata X5, virtualization is supported. The feature, though, for some reason, is not much talked about. If Oracle starts promoting OVM and VMWare on Exadata through white papers and case studies, I'm sure it will enable new IT setups in practice. For instance, virtualization support… more »

What other advice do I have?

Find the appropriate workload for the machine. Looking at the data sheet, Exadata is a beast meant to solve bigger problems. You will not be able to gauge its benefits with nuggets of data.
Consultant
Team Leader at a tech consulting company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 17 2016

What is most valuable?

Oracle Engineered Systems are the best solution for Oracle and non-Oracle applications: hardware and software are combined together to ensure high availability and maximum performance. Oracle Exadata… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic are standard-based. Customers can easily migrate their existing applications based on Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic: they can take advantages of Engineered… more »

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

Using Exadata and Exalogic, you can get the best performance optimizing the number of CPUs, saving costs on software licensing. Also, if you consolidate your environment using Engineered Systems, you… more »

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

There was no solution in place previously.

What other advice do I have?

As best practice, before starting the installation you should have a look at the Oracle Documentation. Oracle provides a "Getting Started Guide" to get up-to-date checklists to verify requirements… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No other options were looked at.
Consultant
President at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Jul 03 2016

What is most valuable?

The place where I've used it are mainly on the data warehouses with larger implementations, and having everything in one enclosure is really a lot nicer. Having the disk, all the memory, and all the networking, makes not just the implementation easier, but as you're running it, a lot simpler to… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Definitely having the ability to have one machine do everything has been the biggest improvement for us organizationally. From the administration side, it helps. If one or two admins can handle it, they don't have to go all over the place to, such as to the storage team, the network team, or… more »

What needs improvement?

Sometimes pricing can be a bit of an issue, especially if customers don't know exactly what they're getting. Maybe they've gone through the whole process and they didn't get the right size or the right amount. I've worked with several customers who had implementations that were too small and then… more »

What other advice do I have?

Definitely do a POC on it. Work closely with Oracle Professional Services to help you with the right configurations.
Consultant
Senior Principal Consultant at Viscosity
May 31 2016

What is most valuable?

Some of the features which are specific to Exadata, like histories, offloading and accurate processing. One of the customers we work with had mostly thousands of batch jobs, which used to take, 30 to 40 hours, with the Exadata, and… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Some of the key benefits with our customers moving to the Exadata, they can get it consolidated, all the databases into one platform, one environment. And other advantages, you get a lot of the new features out of the box of the Exadata… more »

What needs improvement?

The key features with the Exadata is offloading the query processing, some of them, at the storage level. That's where Oracle has to make it smarter. I think it's already smarter, the Exadata storage. I can't think of a specific feature… more »

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

I think it comes to pricing. I know a lot of people don't have the better understanding of the licensing and other things. That's where it effectively comes, in the initial logistics of dealing and getting it.

What other advice do I have?

I think it's a great solution for all the existing Oracle clients and if they really want to move ahead with the next generation of the Oracle Database, that's the solution to go for. Consolidate everything, move ahead with this. You get a… more »
Consultant
Manager, Principal Consultant at Pythian
May 30 2016

What is most valuable?

It's pretty simple in my opinion. It's called out the box, and it's called support. Sometimes with the engineered systems based on the support agreement that you have with the vendor, sometimes you… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The thing that attracts them to the two products but mainly the Exadata is the storage technology is revolutionary whether it's the only solution of that flavor on the market or not, I'm not familiar… more »

What needs improvement?

As is always the case with Oracle, when some late-breaking fancy technology gets under their radar, self-invented or perhaps something that they're picking up that they'd like to compete with from… more »

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

Choosing a vendor: obviously cost, high availability, and the strength of the rack technology. It's a corner of the Oracle technology that basically not exactly gets reinvented, but the new features… more »

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

A lot of the times it ends up being complaints from the user community, and difficulty with strategic activities that the system performs. If you're running a commercial off the shelf application… more »

What other advice do I have?

Rating: I'd call it about a 12 out of 10. Of course you have to be able to afford the box. You have to be able to afford the configuration that you're going to be getting into. It's cost-effective for… more »
Consultant
Director, IT at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 30 2016

What is most valuable?

The performance.

How has it helped my organization?

It makes it possible to deliver high performance Oracle OBIEE applications to our customers.

What needs improvement?

They need to reduce the cost. It needs to be a true appliance so you don’t have to manage individual components inside it. It needs to provide a better maintenance process, which means no downtime, and true rolling upgrade.

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

We had been using Oracle RAC on EMC disk array with Dell servers until the performance cannot really meet Oracle OBIEE application and some data warehouse applications’ performance requirement. We did look at Netezza and Datallegro, but… more »

What other advice do I have?

The device performed very well, but the biggest challenge for us was the maintenance. Any firmware, code or OS upgrade took long time, which requires a downtime window. The rolling upgrade would even take longer so we never tried it. I… more »
Consultant
CTO/Architect at Viscosity North America
May 18 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is definitely the performance. However, it's also a platform for both performance and consolidation. Once you start leveraging Exadata with Database In-Memory and Multitenant, you've got a really solid platform for… more »

How has it helped my organization?

If you have server footprint reduction or consolidation as a requirement, then you can consolidate several databases and configurations onto one platform. Combine that with performance, it becomes a great avenue for cost reduction in terms… more »

What needs improvement?

I think Oracle Enterprise Manager has come a long way with monitoring and managing Exadata, but getting the patching down would go a long way. I think the patching is still lacking quite a bit. If we can get the patching and upgrade in… more »

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

It is an expensive stack, so there's those things to keep in mind. The upside is that once you've bought into the technology, you have to embrace it , if that's the direction you want to go.

What other advice do I have?

It is really good for what it's supposed to do. It's a great technology for Oracle-based solutions. There's pluses and minuses in everything. Any time you get an engineered system like that, you have to be geared for organizational… more »
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Lead Oracle Database Administrator at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
May 18 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature would be Smart Scan because it gives us the ability to perform a large amount of processing on the storage side, cutting down on I/O tremendously. That's one of the big features that really drew us into jumping on Exadata. We also like having the ability to have a lot of… more »

How has it helped my organization?

As with any organization, before we embark on anything, we have to look at the ROI as well as the ability of a particular tool. Exadata helps us to consolidate and manage our databases as one with much faster processing. This, of course, is the key in speeding up our ability to do work and provide… more »

What needs improvement?

There's a lot with Exadata that can be done on a black-box level which depends entirely on what the vendor is able to do for you, which is good from a certain perspective. But we hope, as this technology matures, Oracle allows customers to have a little more hands-on customization of some certain… more »

What other advice do I have?

We want to stay at the front of the cutting edge, and we evaluate and realize that the benefit, the return on investment that Exadata brings for a company of our magnitude and size, is tremendous. We've exploited Exadata, and it's performed very well for us.
Consultant
Oracle Database Administrator & technical Project Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 28 2016

What is most valuable?

The performance of Smart Scan, Storage Indexes, etc., and the High Availability features are all valuable to us.

How has it helped my organization?

We have a complete HA environment with two Exadata machines across two datacenters. We've able to use Data Guard to perform switchovers, perform maintenance, and do other… more »

What needs improvement?

The Lifecycle Management over the whole stack could be improved over what it already provides. The rolling upgrade feature on the database itself should be improved. It… more »

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

The pricing and licensing is really complex and you need to have a very detailed plan.

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

There was no solution previously in place.

What other advice do I have?

Start with a good POC and then make the decision.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The customer looked at a Hitachi solution.
Consultant
ITA - Oracle Apps DBA at Tata Consultancy Services
Apr 24 2016

What is most valuable?

* Smart Scan * Smart Flash Cache * High Availability * Consolidation * Robust Storage * Computing

How has it helped my organization?

Because of Exadata Systems, we were able to consolidate all the applications databases into one, e.g, Oracle EBS, Siebel, Hyperion etc.

What needs improvement?

Exadata Linux systems have Intel CPUs inside. I would suggest that if Oracle could work together with Intel to have some more intelligence at the CPU level, then there would be nothing like it.

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

We used both EMC Storage and IBM Servers.

What other advice do I have?

Go for it if you are looking for consolidation/scalability.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

* IBM * HP
Vendor
Sr Enterprise Database Admin at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
Apr 21 2016

What is most valuable?

The High Availability and rolling upgrade features are the most important for us. They help us achieve zero downtime and increased performance.

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest advantage to our implementation of Exadata is that because it's an Oracle-engineered system, our database administrations don't have to worry about performance tuning. It's already optimally tuned and, when compared to other… more »

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

We previously used IBM InfoSphere Warehouse.

What other advice do I have?

If you are buying Exadata, be sure to go with the latest version.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Microsoft SQL. We chose Exadata as we have other Oracle products, including Database.
Consultant
Senior Analyst ( Senior Oracle DBA) at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 20 2016

What is most valuable?

* Smart Flash Cache * Storage Index * Smart Scan * Hybrid Columnar Compression * Oracle ASM * Security with encryption * Oracle platinum support

How has it helped my organization?

We were using a normal RAC on a Linux server for online applications and Oracle on the same platform for data warehousing. After moving to Oracle Exadata, we were able to add more users, and queries… more »

What needs improvement?

* Shared RAM for multiple instances * Hardware update in terms of storage * Ability to migrate a database to Exadata from a normal environment

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

It's too costly.

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

Previously, we used SQL tuning, server tuning along with network tuning with huge storage and higher CPUs. It was a management decision, along with our recommendations, to move to Exadata.

What other advice do I have?

I have seen, and it's my personal experience, that if your application runs on half a rack don't go for a full rack. After all, you can upgrade from half a rack to a full rack if needed, and there is… more »
Vendor
PL/SQL Developer at a marketing services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 17 2016

What is most valuable?

It's a fast solution, though it does take some work to ensure that queries are offloading using bloom filters, etc.

How has it helped my organization?

It replaced a legacy database (SAND) and was part of a major overhaul. It didn't change the way the company worked per se, but it did force the creation of an Exadata compatible reporting framework, and it was that framework which enabled a… more »

What needs improvement?

As soon as your joins get complicated, things start to go wrong. You lose much of the offloading and start spilling into temp space. We were reporting on billions of rows and it was a constant problem so a custom reporting framework had to… more »

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

I do know it's eye-wateringly expensive and that we struggled to get it to do what we wanted it to do.

What other advice do I have?

I'd be interested to see how the run times stack up against Hadoop or similar - but once you've spent the money, there's no going back!.
Vendor
Sr. Lead - Infrastructure Design Database at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 10 2016

What is most valuable?

Most, if not all of the time, a database workload is a disk I/O-bound, not CPU nor memory. The most time spent in a database operation is reading a data block from or writing a data block to physical disks. This is true for any type of… more »

How has it helped my organization?

There are several scenarios in which this technology can help. Most package (COTS) software are not designed, and therefore are not optimized, for a specific database platform, e.g. Oracle. Performance starts becoming a problem when the… more »

What needs improvement?

With its value proposition, Exadata is being used to run mission-critical, 24x7 applications. Unfortunately, not all hardware in the Exadata rack are hot-swappable (such as memory, processor and battery maintenance in older models), and… more »

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

What everyone needs to understand is that Exadata is a database consolidation platform, and is not designed as a virtualization platform. Therefore, there are security considerations if you plan to use Exadata to host multiple applications… more »

What other advice do I have?

The solution is relatively easy and fast to deploy. It typically takes less than three weeks from hardware delivery to having functional database servers with a built-in high-availability feature. Most importantly, it delivers an excellent… more »
Consultant
Senior Oracle DBA - RAC and Exadata at a tech services company
Mar 01 2016

What is most valuable?

There are several features I've found valuable, including Exadata Hybrid Columnar Compression, Exadata Smart Scan Technology, and Smart Flash Cache.

How has it helped my organization?

We have dramatically improved performance for the batch jobs, after we moved from the traditional Oracle 11G databases to the new Exadata servers. Performance has improved… more »

What needs improvement?

There were some minor problems moving databases to Exadata, but it was more a problem with the internal processes with my current employer.

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

I was not involved with pricing and licensing.

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

Yes, I have worked as DBAs on traditional Oracle RDBMS versions 9I, 10G and 11G. My previous employer has deployed large DW database into Exadata with great success. Also… more »

What other advice do I have?

Exadata is very solid and robust machine, with great performance. Highly recommended for companies (who can afford it).

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was not involved in any before evaluation process.
Vendor
Senior Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
Jul 21 2015

What is most valuable?

The extreme performance and data compression that comes straight out of the box.

How has it helped my organization?

With Exadata, everything is simply better optimized, and our organization has been leveraging the fact that it can now manage larger volumes of data much more easily than… more »

What needs improvement?

X5 supports virtualization, but I think the performance on virtualization is not all that great. I have heard it from a customer, though I admit I haven't tested it out… more »

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

Your TCO and Operational expenses will definitely go down with Exadata.

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

We were convinced that with Exadata we would be able to consolidate our databases, have a serious performance boost, and leave a smaller footprint on the Data Center.

What other advice do I have?

This product actually does what it promises to - it gives extreme performance on your data set.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, we were pretty much decided on Exadata from the outset.
Consultant
Presenter at a consultancy
Jul 16 2015

What do you think of Oracle Exadata?

On a scale from 1-5 (1=worst, 5=best), how would you rate this product overall compared to similar products? - 4, Have not used anything similar but our environment is mainly OLTP so we have to figure out how to take advantage of the normal 11gR2 features and make the optimal use of the Exadata structure and storage cells. For how long have you used this product? - 15 months Which features of this product are most valuable to you? - Parallelism - Memory - Storage Cell “intervention” for query performance - If we can modify all of our code to use /*+ APPEND */ or /*+ APPEND_VALUES */ then the compression would be significant. Seems to be a “version 1.0” for OLTP centric applications. On the other hand we also need to rethink the database, application architecture and deployment.…
Consultant
Project Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 14 2015

What do you think of Oracle Exadata?

What is most valuable?

The intelligent features have been built to utilize the storage layer in a much better way.

How has it helped my organization?

It's one of the most stable, high-performing products I've used.

What needs improvement?

More control for database admins is needed for storage indexes and pricing.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for close to five years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: It's average. Technical Support: It's average.

Which solution did I use

Vendor
Oracle Database Specialist at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 25 2015

What is most valuable?

SmartScan and Cell Offloading, which can drastically reduce I/O from queries, improving response time.

How has it helped my organization?

My company's data warehouse was consolidated on a single database with improved capability and performance. Maintenance tasks and jobs start to execute much faster on the… more »

What needs improvement?

Massive updates statements should not disable HCC.

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

It can simplify your IT environment, reducing the costs with maintenance operations if you have the Platinum offering.

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

No previous solution was used.

What other advice do I have?

It really fit our mixed environment and it is totally directed to DW/DSS environment, as most of the heavy queries would be performed on the storage server.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Fusion I/O, but Exadata Storage was so much faster.
Vendor
Software Engineer with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 24 2015

What is most valuable?

* Exadata Storage Server software * Smart Scan

How has it helped my organization?

* Sped up SQL response time * Easy to get support from the vendor

What needs improvement?

The ASR needs to be improved.

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

It is little bit expensive compared to other solutions, but very useful. You just pay for one license which covers all the components within Exadata.

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

In the past we used traditional RAC database architecture. We switched because this type of solution has many drawbacks, and Exadata is the best system for Oracle… more »

What other advice do I have?

If you have OLT and are working 24/7 on an Oracle database, Exadata is the best solution for you. Before implementing this product you need to define your requirements… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It is a new level of server designed for Oracle database software, so you cannot find any other options with Exadata storage software.
Vendor
Oracle DBA with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 24 2015

What is most valuable?

There are so many it’s hard to just name a few but - * Cell off-loading * Reliability * ExaCheck * InfiniBand

How has it helped my organization?

Many diverse applications were migrated to the Exadata platform that had either performance or stability issues. All have had very reliable and performance since. Their… more »

What needs improvement?

Most of my suggestions for Exadata itself have been addressed in X5. Oracle keeps improving the reliability and adding more hot swappable parts for the hardware and… more »

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

Really evaluate your needs from a hardware and software end. Buy what you will need for between three and five years down the line, in terms of storage and memory. Buy… more »

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

AIX, and we switched partly due to a hardware refresh, and partly due to performance, and the growth of some of the applications.

What other advice do I have?

There is a learning curve to this product and it is complex at the hardware, network and software levels. Train all your staff, not just the database administrations as… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had tried other storage and hardware options but nothing really got us performance we needed for some of our applications. We migrated applications from AIX to Linux VM… more »
Vendor
Founder and President at Viscosity North America
May 31 2015

What is most valuable?

My top 4 most important features of Exadata are: 1. Smart Scan, the ability to offload intensive SQL workloads to the storage servers. Queries are offloaded to the storage… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to provide a complete solution to our customers from data center installation/configuration, firmware upgrades, ILOM upgrades, OS patching/upgrades, cluster… more »

What needs improvement?

For the initial instantiation process, the Oracle Exadata Deployment Assistant (OEDA) could have better error checking and pre-check validation as you navigate through the… more »

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

Setup costs for the Exadata varies from customer to customer and depends on database size, number of databases, and number of applications. For our most recent customer in… more »

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

Lot of our customers come from best of breed technologies (UCS/Dell/HP, EMC/Hitachi) to choosing Exadata. Typically, our customers choose Exadata for pure performance in… more »

What other advice do I have?

For new customers who are about to embark on the Exadata journey, they should consult with a vendor specializing in Exadata implementations for the first set of database… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

A lot of our customers typically look at two other options. We have seen customers perform side-by-side evaluations by building their own high performance system with… more »
Consultant
Infrastructure Principal Director at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
May 21 2015

What is most valuable?

One of the less well appreciated features of engineered systems in general, and Exadata in particular, is the speed with which a customer can get up and running. Having all components, both hardware and software, fully configured, tested… more »

How has it helped my organization?

In addition to the enhanced speed of operational readiness, the other major, but less well appreciated benefit, is one of standardisation. Many large organisations have a wide and varied oracle database, both in terms of hardware and… more »

What needs improvement?

Several barriers to entry have been overcome with the latest X5 generation, in particular moving to more flexible sizing (elastic configurations) allows customers to choose the exact fit of compute and storage resources they require.

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

Storage growth, and the possibility of utilising HCC to drive this down was a large driver for switching.

What other advice do I have?

The best advice is to scope upfront. Do a proper sizing exercise, get some outside assistance if you need it to get the sizing correct. If you are looking at a large deployment, consider piloting first, as you don't want to have a large… more »
Vendor
Principal Global Database Architect at a leisure / travel company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 21 2015

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the integration of the various components that make the performance soar. More specifically the presence of storage indexes along with the Exadata Storage Server software… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Prior to Exadata, we were relying on daily ETLs from multiple source systems to load data into base tables, then we prepared a summary and materialized views from the base to data marts which were… more »

What needs improvement?

There are three possible enhancements: * Build a stronger, more responsive support team. * Add a RAID-5 like storage layout for customers to save space with the full understanding that performance… more »

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

We used Oracle database on HPUX. We switched because it was impossible to deliver performance without additional indexes. Indexes took up space and slowed down data insertion performance. Exadata… more »

What other advice do I have?

First and foremost, develop or hire a deep technical talent base inhouse, even if it's just one person. The technical role is called Database Machine Administrator (DMA). Planning is winning half the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we did evaluate Teradata, Netezza and Greenplum.
Consultant
Presenter at a consultancy
Sep 16 2014

What do you think of Oracle Exadata?

Whoever is the "Oracle Support" that does the initial setup seems to think that one-size-fits-all is the solution to every application environment. Still seems to be the approach of the 1980s that if the menu comes up then the setup is complete. For all the money and hoopla it is a disappointment to have to struggle with memory issues when doing simple tasks like adding large number of partitions. There should be an option at install time to deal with DW and OLTP environments. I dont think that the training provided for "Exadata Support" persons is adequate to make the configuration modifications. So the "user" of the Exadata is left to deal with a machine configuration suitable for "oranges" when it is really "apples" that are needed. Update Once again it all boils down to how much…
Vendor
BI Expert with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 01 2014

What do you think of Oracle Exadata?

Oracle’s Exadata is a self-contained database appliance. Traditional database architecture would have a server that contained the CPU, memory and enough hard drive space to house the Operating System connected through a network to an array of hard drives for all other storage. Scalability was achieved through adding additional database servers and creating a cluster, and expanding the back end array. This traditional architecture resulted in poorer performance in read and write intensive applications such as Data Warehousing due to bottlenecks in the storage array. Database appliances combine the processing with the storage achieving exponentially faster performance by having onboard dedicated storage and software to manage the distribution of data across that storage. The pros of Exadata…
Vendor
Database Expert at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 22 2012

What is most valuable?

Exadata is Oracle's solution for a fully Engineered Integrated Hardware and Software platform for Oracle Databases. Extensive Storage level features such as Smart Scan, Flash Cache and Hybrid Columnar Compression. The Infiniband Switch is very fast for all communication channels. Excellent performance gains especially for large data warehouse types of applications.

What needs improvement?

OLTP applications with smaller data footprints don't tend to gain too much from Exadata hardware. The majority of benefits are reaped by applications which are i/o bound and caching helps a great deal with that. Oracle manages the entire hardware and software including database and OS patches but companies need to pay heavily for that service. It is expensive hardware compared to integrated… more »

What other advice do I have?

The Infiniband switch has some distance limitations and a true DR (Disaster Recovery) site cannot be setup with Exadata, The operating system allowed is ONLY OEL (Oracle Enterprise Linux) which is a big limitation. One has to go through Oracle's support system - tickets and service requests to make any changes to the Exadata machine.
Vendor
Manager of Data Center at a insurance company with 51-200 employees
Jun 28 2012

What is most valuable?

• Exadata provides great improvement in terms of read/write response time. The response time is approximately 10x the performance of a regular disk. • Tuning is automatic. • SQL operations run faster, because large I/O operations are replaced by group operations. • Ideal for data warehousing since it supports bulk load operations. • Good storage capacity

What needs improvement?

• Licensing is per CPU and relatively expensive. • It is specifically designed for data warehouse and OLTP platforms; so, it is not cost effective when investing in it for low data transactions. • The hardware runs only Oracle Software Exadata is a proprietary system from Oracle, that combines both hardware and software requirements for data warehousing and OLTP applications. Oracle utilizes the… more »

What other advice do I have?

Smart Scan , Smart Flash, storage Index, Hybrid Columnar Compression, Resource Manager and Smart Scan of Data mining Model Scoring technologies are the features that places Exadata machine ahead of similar products. If you are looking for a data warehouse machine with large storage capacity, high performance, and manageability, Exadata is the best suite. But, you have to mentally prepare yourself… more »

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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