4.1 out of 5 (14 Ratings)
Feb 21, 2017
Achieved the required performance metric for mission critical billing and funding platform
Feb 15, 2017
These systems are designed to address major technology challenges in today’s rapidly changing technology realm. One of the many problems these new hardware suite aims to address is the Oracle Licensing dilemma. Small organizations who own Oracle Database license for say 8 processors (16 Intel CPU cores) quickly come to realize that there is no alternate yet powerful server when it is time to replace their aging hardware with newer ones. A Dell enterprise-class server for instance with 2 Intel Xenon servers would quickly eat up all your expensive oracle database/applications licenses without providing significant performance improvements.
Jan 19, 2017
overall experience dealing with oracle and exadata was good, the 3rd party integrator BIAS consulting was excellent. the product is performing as per the specs.
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!