3 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 21, 2016
Platform and Features are great. We needed Exadata to get around our homegrown architecture for running Oracle which has some serious issues with I/O and networking. At the end of the day, we are getting the IOPS and network performance we need to run our heavy Oracle workloads. We had results from three different load tests using two different applications. Working with Oracle solution architects we designed a system that was built for mainly speed and HA. Using X6 configurability we designed machines with 4 RAC nodes and 3 EF storage servers. Implementation was a little rough, but we had time to work it out. Implementation hit a snag when some flash memory went bad. We were told we'd let the machine sit idle too long (a few weeks). There was an update which fixed the problem, hopefully over time we don't have anymore issues. Additionally, when it came to access for support reasons, we were told one thing before the deal and afterwards a department head in Oracle pushed back on our negotiated position. It has taken us months to negotiate a new access model for support. After implementation of one application the users are seeing a 2-3x increase in performance. We are also performance testing another application in QA and Exadata is working beautifully there, as well. So far so good!
Ask to have your deal vetted by all appropriate leaders at Oracle. Especially, the support agreements.
Performance and relative ease of use
Exadata seems a little fragile because of the flash going bad while it was sitting idle.
Better internal communication. The support access issue after we agreed to a support solution was unexpected, and seems to indicate internal communication issues.
I think we should have investigated the hosted Exadata options more. We have Fusion applications and we should have put together at least one solution which included moving our Fusion applications to the Oracle cloud leveraging Exadata in the Cloud.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 21, 2016
Working wiht a third party was really time and money savings. The vendor have great and knowledgeblae ressources
Make sur you evalute your licences needs compared to the TCO.
Service was great
I was pretty happy and pleased with the process
Nothing, It was after a long run of negociations with Oracle that we decided it was the best way to save on opex
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Oct 19, 2016
Great experince and support for any issues. Automated Patching process can improved.
Much better and reliable product
Kind of closed Architecture for products outside of Oracle
Ease of use with third party product on this hardware
Add more storage capacity
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Jul 12, 2016
Oracle's guidance and support through the Proof of Value process was indispensable. It also helped that we were clear on what success criteria we needed to meet in order to justify the investment. We proved within the 30-day POV that our critical workloads could be satisfied with enough bandwidth to account for at least 3 years’ worth of projected transactional volume growth.
Invest significant time in planning your Proof of Value, then use learnings from that process to drive final execution. Utilize all of the resources Oracle offers - technical advice, training and value articulation.
Performance, capacity, scalability and simplicity. The appliances are about as close to "plug and play" as one would expect for technology this complex.
Nothing, so far.
We would have been even better served if Oracle emphasized the need for Administrator training earlier in the process - maybe even before we executed the Proof of Value. That said, resources were made available, and training incentives were provided in partnership with Intel.
Not very much, because we put a significant amount of thought and planning into the Proof of Value success criteria and process. The one thing we probably could have done even more efficiently is prepare more application server capacity to fully utilize the increased capacity and throughput of the appliances.
Oracle ensured that two of their most qualified engineers were constantly and physically available (on site) for consultation during key parts of the implementation, and at all other times for phone or electronic consultation. This helped make our implementation a lot smoother as we gained much from their implementation experience. We probably avoided quite a number of pitfalls as a result.
2 out of 5.0, Reviewed Jun 14, 2016
We had expected the service level from Oracle would improve and our in-house service costs to decrease. The ambiguous nature of their service delivery did not meet our expectations.
Closely monitor service performance and licensing.
Consolidation of database control.
Complexity and vendor service delivery.
Acted as a business partner.
Accept the expense of in-house service delivery.