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Javid Ur Rahaman
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
Kamal K.
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.
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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.
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»
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»
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
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!.
Amin Adatia
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.…
Amin Adatia
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…

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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