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Actian Matrix

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Oracle Exadata

156 Ratings

Actian Matrix

3 Ratings
Score 8.6 out of 101

Oracle Exadata

156 Ratings
Score 8.8 out of 101

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Actian Matrix

[Actian Matrix is well suited for:]1. Power user who wants to derive aggregate metrics by joining huge dataset.2. Batch load where you have to load billion of records very fast (copy command).3. Scenario where you want to do ELT because your ETL tool cannot handle huge volume of data.
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Oracle Exadata

  • First, get the database on Oracle. If you are in an Oracle stack, it would be much better to use the Oracle products. If you are driving a Ferrari, you wouldn’t put a Mercedes engine in it. If you are writing a query, you cannot rely on other brands. Since I'm an architect, when I look for a product, I look for performance.
  • The installation is easy because it comes out-of-the-box and you just start using it.
  • Previous to Oracle Exadata, we were using a normal Oracle RAC service. We were just waiting for this product to come out.
  • I'm currently writing a data warehouse on Exadata. Before this solution, we were aiming for this to be completed by 8 a.m., when our ETLs would finish. With the help of Exadata's special features, this was reduced to 3 a.m. This solution allows us to bring more data within the same time period. It provides us with more subject areas that provide more reports to our users. Our ETL times reduced to 65%, then to 50%.
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Pros

  • Super fast. Aggregate query such as SUM(), Count() returns result within seconds from a table with more than billion records.
  • Excellent data compression.
  • Easy maintenance. We managed this database without having a full time DBA.
  • Support ANSI SQL and ODBC/JDBC. It's easy to connect to this database from other systems.
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  • It runs analytical workloads much faster.
  • The HCC compression helps to reduce the storage cost and increase storage efficiency
  • Ideal platform to consolidate database.
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Cons

  • Dashboard for Admin instead of a linux console.
  • Admin with ability to kill inactive sessions when sessions reaches to more than allowed sessions. We ended up restarting the database.
  • Ability to easily scale up database by adding extra node.
  • Better support from Actian.
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  • It's difficult to find the cons.
  • Entry cost may be high but if you compare overall cost with performance, then it's not a big factor.
  • It does not support legacy database version.
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Usability

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I wish to give higher rating for the speed and efficiency in handling the queries, but only 6 because of consistent bugs we encounter
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Support

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  • Faster initial response
  • Trained professionals
  • Very helpful in resolving issues
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Implementation

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Leader failover setup is the toughest and lack of proper documentation is making things tough.
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Alternatives Considered

Actian Matrix is our first big data analytics storage platform, and as I was not involved in the POC process to compare it to other products out on the market, unfortunately I cannot say if it is better than other Big Data storage options. I can say that it out performs products such as Oracle or UDB in regards to the volume of data it can easily index and handle.
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Have not used an alternative to Oracle Exadata Database Machine to compare to.
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Return on Investment

  • I cannot comment on the specific numbers, all I can say is that switching to the backend greatly improved our processing speed. The more we process through our systems, the more clients we can serve. Which should bump ROI.
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  • We did encounter some maintenance issues with higher parts costs. For example we had numerous server fans die and it costs like $400 per fan for the same server fans it seems as any server that costs like $30.
  • You must train your Oracle DBAs for Exadata. It is not just simply an Oracle database with some minor extras. To best leverage its capabilities and to successfully manage Exadata you need about 3-4 weeks of special training (even for long time Oracle experts).
  • Exadata updates are a little more complicated and take extra planning.
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Actian Matrix

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Oracle Exadata

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Free Trial
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