Oracle SuperCluster Archived Reviews (More than two years old)

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Ian Baugaard
Real User
3D Database Solutions Lead at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
May 02 2018

What is most valuable?

The promise of consolidation is still a strong selling point, especially if the prospective client has applications that run on SPARC and has its data store in an Oracle Database.

What needs improvement?

There are many areas for improvement. For example, better guidance in terms of troubleshooting issues relating to ZFS, as well as better tools/diagnostics for monitoring that specific component, to better identify potential issues. Hardware monitoring via OEM 13.2 is not 100 percent, as Ops Center… more»

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

Previous solution was M5000-based and the switch was from a consolidation/hardware refresh point of view.

What other advice do I have?

Unfortunately, I have not had the best experience with Oracle’s SuperCluster. Zones were rebooting at random due to Clusterware bugs, there were various ZFS issues resulting in performance decreases and node evictions and, I’m sad to say, we did not receive the strongest vendor support in resolving… more»
Real User
Technical Team Lead - UNIX - Data Centre Operations. at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 30 2018

What is most valuable?

I think it's a highly integrated, powerful system that will support thousands of users, so that's why it was selected.

How has it helped my organization?

Because it's classified as an engineered system, it's all integrated, it's all supported by one vendor. We don't have to go to multiple vendors for support, it's all integrated under Oracle. So it's… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the limitations we see is its integration with other things, like other brands of storage or networks, or other brands of databases. So if it had capabilities to integrate really well with DB2… more»

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

The old system was getting old. We were on Solaris 10, not even Solaris 11, so it was just a matter of needing a replacement of the infrastructure. When selecting a vendor, important criteria include… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it as a seven out of 10. The reason it doesn't get a higher mark is because of the challenges in integrating it with other infrastructure in our datacenter. If it's not Oracle, it's more… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I'm not entirely sure who was on the short list. I think one of the critical requirements was that they be certified to support Oracle Databases, so that reduced the list a bit. And, obviously, Oracle… more»
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Syed Jaffar Hussain
Real User
CTO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 19 2017

What is most valuable?

* Software in Silicon

How has it helped my organization?

One of the clients has many applications with many Oracle standalone databases running on multiple traditional storage/server technologies. Those databases were integrated to fetch business data… more»

What needs improvement?

* Stability * Optimization * Sustainable overall performance * Storage savings * Additional M7 (Software in Silicon features)

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

Oracle SuperCluster M7 is bit expensive. However, it comes with many sizes, so, a customer can choose the right size required for the business.

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

The client was on traditional storage/server technologies; they switched because they wanted to have a complete Oracle consolidated solution.

What other advice do I have?

* Initial planning, such as network IP assignment (range), mandatory power/cooling/switch availability for a smooth installation
Consultant
Lead Engineered Systems Solution Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 22 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is its ease of use and implementation.

How has it helped my organization?

The amount of consolidation you can do to a single platform is a benefit to my organization.

What needs improvement?

Out of the box, configuration could be made simpler. The new MiniCluster has the virtual assistant that configures the platform, whereas the SuperCluster does not.

What other advice do I have?

The biggest hurdle is getting all of the power and networking requirements in place in front of the purchase. Once you purchase, expect at least 12 weeks to have everything in place before you can actually begin implementing the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were looking at the Exadata system, but the customer decided that they really needed to be able to put their applications with their database. Whenever you're dealing with a solution that isn't totally database-centric, then you need to… more»

What is Oracle SuperCluster?

Secure cloud infrastructure with the industry’s most advanced security, extreme performance, and a complete suite of efficiency enhancements, tools, and automation that work together to dramatically lower cost and complexity.

Also known as
Oracle MiniCluster, S7-2, M7, M6-32
Oracle SuperCluster customers

Advania, Dimension Data, Atos, Etisilat Nigeria, HDFC, Specialized Bicycle Components, Uganda Revenue Authority, iQor, United Energy, Portic Barcelona, B Logistics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, CSC, CNSI, REDISA

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