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Guide to Oracle engineered systems and server appliances

Learn about the features, costs, benefits and flaws associated with Oracle engineered systems and server appliances in this Essential Guide.

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.

Perspectives

1. 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.

Videos

2. 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.

The "Exa" appliances

3. 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.

A look at Oracle appliances

4. 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.