Exadata: A first look at Oracle's entry into the appliance market

Ever since September 2008, when Larry Ellison announced Oracle's entrance into the hardware market at Oracle OpenWorld, users have been left with some unanswered questions. SearchOracle.com talked with software analyst Curt Monash to learn more about Oracle Exadata, Oracle's new product that includes the Oracle Exadata Storage Server and HP Oracle Database Machine. In this 17-minute podcast, Monash answers some questions for potential Exadata customers, including:
  • What exactly Exadata is
  • Whether Oracle has made Exadata easy for customers to benchmark
  • Exadata's pros and cons
  • How Exadata compares to similar products from other vendors
  • His advice for those considering purchasing Exadata

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  About the speaker: 

Curt Monash has been a leading analyst of and strategic advisor to the software industry for a quarter-century. Since 1990 he has owned and operated Monash Research (formerly called Monash Information Services), an analysis and advisory firm covering software-intensive sectors of the technology industry. In that period he also has been co-founder, president, or chairman of several other technology startups. Curt writes and/or edits most Monash Research publications, including white papers, the Monash Letters (part of the Monash Advantage program) and the blogs DBMS2, Technologies, and Strategic Messaging. He has also served as a strategic advisor to many well-known firms, including Oracle, Microsoft, AOL, Teradata, and SAP.

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This was first published in April 2009

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