Jan 17, 2017
We are running Oracle DB V11 and V12 on the Exadata platform and it has provided unrivalled performance. It is without question is our preferred platform to run Oracle Database workloads for OLTP. In this case Oracle on Oracle really does perform better. The installation process is quite involved with the configuration tool, where we needed to work with a number of teams to gather all the required information for the deployment. the PSU Process is also not quite as easy as it may first appear from the sales pitch. It does work but rolling outages really take longer and depend entirely on the architecture of your components, and the outages are very long and require a lot of planning and prework. The Exalogic portion of this was a great experience to start with for certain workloads but as time goes by we are questioning the value we get from the exalogic platform because we do not have that many workloads that can really take advantage of the specific features of this infrastructure. We also had to stop using the SDP protocol on the IB link between Exalogic and Exadata as it was not working for us as expected and Oracle advised us to stop. Overall I would reccomend the exadata platform if you really need that extreme performance but be aware it is definitely not a quick process to get up and running and requires a lot of feed and care. In these days with the rise in adoption and the maturity of public cloud providers it is challengine to know if all the effort around the managment of this platform if worth it when you eliminate all this in public cloud - you may not get the same performance but that is a tradeoff. Keep an eye on Oracle public Cloud GEN2 - Exadata as a service will b e available soon and would really be a compelling story.
Dec 12, 2016
Dec 9, 2016
We have had a longstanding relationship with Oracle and as we bring the Exadata appliance in we found that the sales team had a tendency to oversell its capabilities. This is unfortunate because ewe see great performance improvements but they spit out numbers like 160 times better in a general way when they are actually speaking about a very narrow specific piece of the equipment.
Dec 7, 2016
Platinum Support is generally unavailable, though pushed hard in the Sales cycle A few technical misrepresentations caused significant delays (due to redesign time) Once operational, exceptional performance and stability. Great reduction in provisioing time & resources
Dec 7, 2016
Strong support and install process, obviously Oracle has done this many times. Very organized and while there are some integration limitations (e.g., copper vs fiber connections, etc.) it was smooth.
Dec 6, 2016
Oracle was always willing to help to achieve expected results. Offered assistance and support.
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!
Nov 21, 2016
Working wiht a third party was really time and money savings. The vendor have great and knowledgeblae ressources
Oct 19, 2016
Great experince and support for any issues. Automated Patching process can improved.
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.