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Oracle's Exadata X5 Offers Capacity on Demand, but Installation Mistakes Can Undermine Cost Savings

Published: 18 November 2015

ID: G00292867

Analyst(s): Lori Samolsky, Donald Feinberg

Summary

Oracle markets its Exadata X5-2 and X5-8 systems as having flexible cost options for licensing, data and storage growth. However, technology procurement leaders risk losing that cost flexibility because license restrictions are the customer's responsibility in an unfamiliar installation process.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

  • Exadata X5-2 Was Designed to Allow Customer Flexibility in Cost and Growth
  • Oracle Customer License Compliance Issues Are Primarily Due to Lack of Knowledge
  • Effective Software Asset Management for Exadata Requires More Robust Entitlements Verification

Analysis

  • Require Oracle to Validate Installation Procedures and Assist With COD License Entitlement Management at No Additional Charge, Given That the Cores Activated in the BIOS (a Type of Firmware) Are the Only Option for Establishing COD Compliance
    • Exadata COD Licensing Is Restricted Through Factory-Installed Firmware That Requires Oracle's Use of Oracle Exadata Deployment Assistant (OEDA) Downloads
    • What Is Installed in Error Versus What Is Licensed Can Have a Significant Impact on Costs
    • COD and OVM in One Exadata Configuration
  • Request a Cost Comparison for License Options for More Than a Quarter Rack of Exadata Versus Licensing Additional Rack Increments
    • It Is Easy to See Why Oracle Set the Quarter Rack as the Optimal Time to Evaluate Increased Usage by Server
    • Growing by Server Is Not an Option That Oracle Discusses Upfront
  • Ensure That Key Terms Surrounding Shipping Costs and License Bundling Are Fully Documented in Every Executable Quote

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