Oracle's lineup of engineered systems, encompassing database machines and server appliances, are pre-integrated and offer database administrators and IT directors options for simplifying data center operations while enhancing performance.
The Exadata Database Machine was designed for boosting performance for data warehousing and online transaction processing, but consultants have identified some flaws during implementation. Oracle Corp.'s integrated WebLogic and Java server appliance, Exalogic, may or may not be the "cloud in a box" offering Oracle claims it to be. The Oracle Database Appliance, while offering fewer features, is comparable to Exadata and the Dell server infrastructure, and its lower price point is attractive to smaller organizations.
Has Oracle's approach to integrating Oracle hardware and software with big server appliances met the expectations of its customers? Is this technology worth investing in at your organization? The articles and videos included in this Essential Guide share case studies, expert insights and user feedback on Oracle engineered systems.
Oracle engineered systems news and trends
Read how Oracle systems help streamline data center operations for many organizations, though often not for smaller shops. While larger companies have had a positive response to integrated systems, Sun loyalists are ambivalent about the direction Oracle has been taking. The articles in this section explore these varying viewpoints in more detail.
Because of increased interest in internal clouds, experts predict that more organizations will adopt integrated systems. Continue Reading
Oracle Sun hardware creates a completely different environment than the one remembered by old Sun enthusiasts. Continue Reading
Many smaller Sun x86 and Solaris users feel left out as Oracle has shifted focus away from x86 commodity servers. Continue Reading
New SPARC server models are available for running general purpose Solaris applications in those few shops still loyal to Sun. Continue Reading
Executive insights into Oracle engineered systems
Executives from Oracle, Pythian and other companies deliver brief but informative segments on Oracle engineered systems in the following videos. Hear what they have to say about Oracle Exadata, Oracle Database Appliance and more.
Learn what Oracle ACE Christo Kutrovsky of Pythian has to say about Oracle Exadata.
Get insights into the link between Oracle Exadata, quantum computing and cyborgs, according to TUSC president Richard Niemiec.
Hear about the benefits of Oracle Exalogic, an integrated WebLogic and Java server appliance, from Oracle Fusion Middleware VP of development Adam Messinger.
Oracle Database Appliance has been slower than expected to gain traction. Pythian CTO Alex Gorbachev explains why.
Oracle's VP of PeopleSoft strategy, John Webb, explains why the new PeopleSoft applications are big news.
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3The "Exa" appliances-
Oracle server appliances: Exadata/Exalogic/Exalytics
Experts, users and OpenWorld conference attendees offer insights into Oracle's Exadata, Exalogic and Exalytics platforms. Read why users have had generally positive reactions to the programs and explore Oracle's cloud offering in the following stories.
Read how Gilbert, CTO of workforce management software company Pipkins, built a version of Exadata before Oracle did. Continue Reading
Oracle Exadata has met with very positive reception, but consultants have found some flaws. Continue Reading
Learn how and why PayPal migrated to a new data management platform in a very short time period. Continue Reading
Read this handbook excerpt for explanations of Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Exadata Machine. Continue Reading
Ellison defines the cloud and discusses Oracle's answer to Amazon. Continue Reading
What's so good about Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine? Book author and Oracle expert gives you his version of Exalytics' superior qualities. Continue Reading
An expert explains why Oracle's in-memory BI server appliance will become a commodity. Continue Reading
4A look at Oracle appliances-
Oracle Database Appliance, Sparc SuperCluster, Big Data Appliance info
This section delivers viewpoints from experts and analysts on Oracle appliances: Oracle Database Appliance, the Sparc SuperCluster and Big Data Appliance. Are any of these appliances good for your organization? Read the articles below for user stories and for information on the costs and benefits.
The Oracle Database Appliance offers affordability, but fewer features when compared to Exadata. Continue Reading
This feature story describes how Harvard Business Publishing upgraded its Dell server infrastructure with two separate integrated approaches. Continue Reading
Small but steadily growing company CallSource chose Oracle Database Appliance rather than Dell, achieving a six-figure savings. Continue Reading
Analysts are unsure whether Sparc SuperCluster will win over their base, despite having up to 16 of the new eight-core Sparc T4 chips. Continue Reading
This article examines the refreshed versions of Oracle's Sparc-based servers, which include a Sparc-based Exalogic Elastic Cloud middleware server. Continue Reading
Oracle is making a big push to enter the field of big data, but some think the Oracle Big Data Appliance isn't a good fit. Continue Reading
Executives from Oracle and Cloudera share their thoughts on Big Data Appliance in this interview. Continue Reading