Exadata does better than most
Updated April 01, 2021

Exadata does better than most

Maurice Samuels | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Overall Satisfaction with Oracle Exadata Database Machine

Exadata is used extensively to support various business intelligence teams. It allows for high speed delivery of data as well as fast replication to other environments. It also allows for a siloed approach for delivering discrete database solutions. As an architected solution, we can quickly realize features and components that will be highly utilized as well as those that will not.
  • RAC/clustered database technology
  • RMAN duplicate and cloning
  • Full sh/bash/ksh support
  • Generally faster i/o throughput versus non-exadata
  • Patching can often become quite involved and convoluted. It should be more transparent and straightforward.
  • Storage metrics can be difficult and time consuming to obtain.
  • Basic administrative functions can be hard to repair when discovered.
  • Vendor support can take a while to obtain. Generally several attempts are necessary to reach the right area of vendor expertise.
  • Unfortunately Exadata can be extremely high cost, especially for the higher tiered levels of support.
  • It does well in needed only a few machines to build and support hundreds of discrete databases.
  • Patching can be burdensome and negate cost savings as the time lost can be considerable.
IBM AIX and HP-UX implementations of Oracle database solutions have a lot of performance issues. Both do not provide as much robust configuration customization as Exadata. Hardware support is limited. There is generally a long delay between hardware update being certified with the latest Oracle database patch sets and major releases. Storage technology in-house to IBM and HP is inferior to Oracle Exadata machines.
Any area where a highly architected database solution is needed, Exadata is a good fit. It is generally built to order so cooperative configuration and build phases are executed between the vendor and business and technology teams. When full adherence to the latest database technology and hardware support are needed.
Anytime RAC/clustered database technology is needed.