Oracle SuperCluster Overview

Oracle SuperCluster is the #8 ranked solution in our list of top Converged Infrastructure tools. It is most often compared to Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Oracle SuperCluster vs Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

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.

Oracle SuperCluster is also known as Oracle MiniCluster, S7-2, M7, M6-32.

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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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Enterprise Server & Storage/Backup Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
The Exadata Storage appliance, optimized for database queries, is key for us

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is as a converged infrastructure for the core database.

How has it helped my organization?

It has encouraged a simple and systematic capacity upgrade.

What is most valuable?

A valuable feature is the Exadata Storage appliance, optimized for database queries.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see control domain and zone management via a management console, similar to that of OVM.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.
3D Database Solutions Lead at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Zones rebooted randomly due to Clusterware bugs, and ZFS issues reduced performance

What is our primary use case?

Primary use case was a combination of a hardware refresh/consolidation of aging Sun M5000 equipment onto a half rack T5-8 SuperCluster. One of the core business drivers was the reduction of operational costs, while improving performance and (perceived) stability of the platforms.

Pros and Cons

    • "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 is still required in some instances."

    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 the issues. Do due diligence on sizing and whether or not the solution is, in fact, fit for purpose.
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    Technical Team Lead - UNIX - Data Centre Operations. at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Highly integrated system but has limitations connecting with other vendors' products

    What is our primary use case?

    Right now, it's just being built. It's for our financials system, so it'll be running Oracle Financials.

    Pros and Cons

    • "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."
    • "If it had capabilities to integrate really well with DB2 or SQL Server or Hitachi SANs, those sort of things, that would be a real benefit. Right now, it's fully supported only under all Oracle infrastructure."

    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 of a challenge to integrate with it. That is unfortunate because we have a heterogeneous infrastructure environment where we have many brands and models of infrastructure. Ideally, we would want to utilize everything and not have the solution be isolated and not able to talk to anything else. So interoperability is a really big benefit for us. And the SuperCluster has some limitations in that…
    CTO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Review about Oracle SuperCluster

    What other advice do I have?

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

    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 SuperCluster. The SuperCluster will arrive, but all of the other infrastructure components will have to be placed before that can happen.
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