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We performed a comparison between FlexPod XCS and Oracle Exadata based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"It scales well. It allows us to have very flexible architecture but to have the same level of simplicity that we'd normally expect in hyper-converged environments.""The real benefit of this solution is that it is pre-architected with the ability to scale-up and scale-out.""The solution is innovative when it comes to compute storage and networking. Each environment has knowledge of another in a FlexPod environment. This would be difficult to operate separately.""Our downtime has significantly been reduced.""From the Cisco side, the most valuable features of this solution are the data center density, the deployment, and the management of the servers and the networking.""ONTAP is the core of FlexPod, so its most valuable features are: FlexClone, Snapshot, and SnapCenter.""The solution makes our staff more efficient, enabling them to spend time on tasks that drive our business forward. The environment is more homogeneous, so there are not as many technologies to study and learn. People can focus on improving their knowledge in existing technologies.""The most valuable features of this solution are the integration and ease of use."

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"The performance on the databases is good.""The most valuable feature is the time to solution.""The most valuable feature is storage offloading.""On-premises Exadata is just as stable as the cloud version. It's a very stable platform.""Backup/Restore performance: Fast backups, fast restores (especially useful for creating clone environments).""Oracle is known to be the number one in their industry; the help and support, the features they are giving the clients comparing to other databases, the new technology, the provide a good solution.""It is the best solution for OLTP and data warehousing.""They just have a lot of products, and they work well together."

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"I would like to see more CVDs and more published designs around a multi-hypervisor approach within a single pod.""We don't see the much DR capability within the FlexPod so for that, we have to maintain our own DR capability with DSRM.""FlexPod can improve with a single control management interface to manage all aspects and components of the solution.""The GPU based VDA solutions could use improvement.""Setting up a Cisco USC environment can be complex.""We would like them to have better features to integrate with the cloud.""The biggest problem we have seen is, we were using the vStorage which comes with the NetApp environment, a kind of fiber connect. We were missing fibre channel connectivity and we got lots of I/O errors.""Parts of the initial setup were complex, especially on the networking side."

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"There's room for improvement in terms of deployment, as it could be made faster and more user-friendly.""We have a little trepidation with the system as it does have a learning curve. Also changing to a binary logging format for us feels like retrograde motion, but sadly almost all Linux variants have moved in this direction.""Checking the Smart Scan issues is complicated.""The management monitoring tools are quite important and an area that needs some improvement.""We need a monitoring tool which can in one place, where we can manage, monitor the entire Exadata components.""The handling of temp space has room for improvement.""There is one aspect to Exadata that I dislike, and that's the inconsistency with other databases. When you try to get Exadata to function with another type of database like SQL, or others, there should be reliable and consistent operation. When this is improved on, we should start to see more applications growing the market.""The solution takes a lot of time to clone the environment. I would like to see some improvement in the cloning support or the time it takes on the storage side."

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  • "Pricing and licensing is very affordable from a FlexPod perspective."
  • "It seems very cost effective once it's in place, and it's easy to expand and easy to add capacity without a lot of extra money."
  • "If your company really needs to be up 100% of the time, and you need to do a private data center, I don't know if I could realistically actually recommend another blueprint."
  • "Anytime that you are buying any storage make sure you understand storage. Do not just buy storage based on what somebody sells you in terms of IO or throughput."
  • "Buy storage based on the solutions you need, the technologies you need, and what will make your life a lot easier down the road."
  • "As a whole, it is inexpensive, and it uses the least amount of parts."
  • "Storage is very expensive. To buy MIC cards and additional storage either on-prem or in the cloud, the IT department does not have money for it, so you need a more niche product or a more flexible way to store your data. That is the benefit that you get from this product."
  • "We purchased the solution through CDW. They are a partner and knowledgeable."
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  • "In the sizing phase, you can also decide whether to license all cores, or reduce the number cores using capacity-on-demand features of Exadata, as well. This has a direct impact on licensing."
  • "The Initial investment price could use improvement"
  • "I think it's free."
  • "The price is very high."
  • "Exadata is an expensive tool, but, considering the ROI, it's worth going for the solution."
  • "Oracle is always costly but it's fine."
  • "It is an expensive product and you pay more for certain performance enhancements."
  • "All things considered, the price of this product is fairly high, as is always the case with Oracle."
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    Originally posted at www.storagegaga.com/dont-get-too-drunk-on-hyper-converged/ I hate the fact that I am bursting the big bubble brewing about Hyper Convergence (HC). I urge all to look past the hot air and hype frenzy that are going on, because in the end, the HC platforms have to be aligned and congruent to the organization’s data architecture and business plans. The announcement of Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant on Integrated Systems (read hyper convergence) has put Nutanix as the leader of the pack as of August 2015. Clearly, many of us get caught up because it is the “greatest feeling in the world”. However, this faux feeling is not reality because there are many factors that made the pack leaders in the Magic Quadrant (MQ). First of all, the MQ is about market perception. There is no doubt that the pack leaders in the Leaders Quadrant have earned their right to be there. Each company’s revenue, market share, gross margin, company’s profitability have helped put each as leaders in the pack. However, it is also measured by branding, marketing, market perception and acceptance and other intangible factors. Secondly, VMware EVO: Rail has split the market when EMC has 3 HC solutions in VCE, ScaleIO and EVO: Rail. Cisco wanted to do their own HC piece in Whiptail (between the 2014 MQ and 2015 MQ reports), and closed down Whiptail when their new CEO came on board. NetApp chose EVO: Rail and also has the ever popular FlexPod. That is why you see that in… Read more →
    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The system is designed for easy scaling. Because we define everything clearly. So when we plug the system in, we apply the profile, and it scales easily.
    Top Answer:The pricing is not cheaper, but stability is more important for us now. We focus on business gains, not static numbers. Following XCS rules ensures a stable environment, which is crucial. For me… more »
    Top Answer:FlexPod should focus more on automation. Integrating an automation tool with FlexPod would enable customers to leverage automation capabilities. More automation would be helpful. Currently, we… more »
    Top Answer:It is the best solution for OLTP and data warehousing.
    Top Answer:The solution’s cost is a little bit more than the traditional databases. Less cost would enable most customers to choose the product.
    Top Answer:Patching must be simplified. We have various levels of patching in the solution. Most of them are online, split into various components. A single way of patching would be better.
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    FlexPod XCS is the secure platform your applications need from edge to cloud. Easily manage your suite of cloud-native, edge, and enterprise apps. Integrate advanced cloud services without compromising performance, security, reliability, or scale.

    Oracle Exadata allows enterprises to run any Oracle Database workload with the highest performance, scale, availability, and security on fully compatible cloud and on-premises infrastructure. Exadata uses a scale-out design with unique optimizations that include persistent memory, SQL query offload, and built-in resource management to optimize performance for OLTP, analytics, machine learning, and mixed workloads running in consolidated environments. By running hundreds or thousands of optimized Autonomous Database and Exadata Database instances on Exadata Cloud or Cloud@Customer infrastructure, customers are able to minimize their infrastructure, reduce management, improve developer productivity, and lower total costs by up to 40%, as described in Wikibon’s analysis (PDF).

    The main benefit of Exadata is its speed. It hosts operating systems, CPU memory, and hard drives. It runs all types of databases, including online transaction systems, processors, and data warehouses, while remedying the poor performances of older databases.

    Oracle Exadata features a simple and fast database storage system that protects and backs up your critical data. It accelerates data warehouse performance for faster access to business information and data. It is the ideal database solution for companies looking to build up their infrastructure from scratch.

    Oracle Exadata Database Machine Key Benefits

    • Rapid, reliable, and scalable deployment: Exadata is the most cost-efficient and highest performance platform for running Oracle databases. Exadata’s deployment is very straightforward since the database servers, storage servers, and network are pre-configured, pre-tuned and pre-tested by Oracle experts. This ensures that all your components work seamlessly together. Any Oracle Database application can be seamlessly migrated to and from the Exadata Database Machine, with no changes to the original application.

    • Powerful, cutting-edge hardware: Exadata is the most versatile database platform. It uses powerful database servers and a scaled-out, intelligent storage layer.

    • Accelerate database processing: Exadata Storage Server implements a unique, highly efficient database-optimized storage infrastructure that enables Exadata’s unparalleled performance without any of the bottlenecks that traditional storage experiences. Each storage server contains CPU processors that are used to offload database processing. The CPUs in the storage servers do not replace database CPUs, but work alongside them to accelerate database workloads.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Oracle Exadata stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its robust performance and its wide variety of database features that make it a comprehensive database solution.

    Adriano S., an IT system integrator at a financial services firm, writes, "Oracle Exadata's performance is one of its best features. We are very satisfied with it. The previous equipment used to make a payment for all the government employees used to take at least two days for some of the transactions. Now, it will take hours to make the same amount of payments. Another thing is the flexibility to organize all our databases. We can use it with new features that come with this version of Oracle 19c, which is the container database. With container databases, we can work with many databases, organized, and segregated, and still access the functions and management, the things that most of the technical people like to have in place."

    Paulo X., a sales manager at LTA-RH Informatica, notes, "Regarding features, there are so many that we can offer to customers. When we sell Exadata Cloud, there are many options to choose from, especially when it comes to enterprise database options. In my experience, the main features that are appreciated are various ones like GPS and the assortment of security options."

    Sample Customers
    University of Sao Paulo, WD-40, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group
    PayPal, EBS, Organic Food Retailer, Garmin, University of Minnesota, Major Semiconductor Company, Deutsche Bank, Starwood, Ziraat Bank, SK Telecom, and P&G.
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Manufacturing Company18%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Educational Organization8%
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Insurance Company16%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Financial Services Firm28%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Energy/Utilities Company5%
    Company Size
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise74%
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    FlexPod XCS is ranked 2nd in Converged Infrastructure with 295 reviews while Oracle Exadata is ranked 2nd in Data Warehouse with 125 reviews. FlexPod XCS is rated 8.6, while Oracle Exadata is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of FlexPod XCS writes "Integrates everything so you are using fewer tools". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle Exadata writes "Offers a variety of valuable features". FlexPod XCS is most compared with Dell PowerFlex, VxRail, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), Dell VxBlock System and HPE Hyper Converged, whereas Oracle Exadata is most compared with Oracle Database Appliance, Teradata, Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse, Snowflake and Teradata Cloud Data Warehouse.

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