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Question: Infobright vs. Exadata vs. Teradata vs. SQL Server Data Warehouse- which is most compatible with front end tools?
Answer: I think hands down it's Exadata since for the front end apps it's just another Oracle database which means everything under the sun is compatible with it.
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Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse vs. Oracle Exadata
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"Tools like the BI and SAS are excellent.""It is not a pricey product compared to other data warehouse solutions."

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"The storage capacity and the performance of Oracle Exadata are good. When comparing the performance to other technologies it is very good. I am satisfied with the management of the solution.""The product is flexible.""Exadata is a fantastic machine. Two features stand out. The first is the resource input/output management tool that allows you to manage the resources to the neck on the Exadata box.""This product can noticeably enhance performance of contextual Oracle databases.""Oracle Exadata's performance is one of its best features. We very satisfied with it.""It has improved the performance, now we run with more performance cores with less CPU to attend all the database demands. Reducing Time to Market, increase our ability to face the competition with speed and low cost.""We can use virtualization on Exadata.""The performance on the databases is good."

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"It could be made more user-friendly for business users which would increase the user base.""They need to incorporate a machine learning engine.""We find the cost of the solution to be a little high."

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"I believe Oracle must improve its procedure to support the clients. The customer Ready Service must provide more use cases and benchmarks of their infrastructure to support client design decisions. Oracle must audit their partners regularly to guarantee they provide quality service even after been passed on partnership examination.""The setup is a little bit complex. We would like to see the installation part get easier.""We need a monitoring tool which can in one place, where we can manage, monitor the entire Exadata components.""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 could always be more stable and more reliable.""Oracle Exadata could improve the platform performance tuning should be easier, automated, and user-friendly.""The initial setup process is very difficult and extremely complex.""We would like an option of a hardware-only support solution, but Oracle currently does not provide this."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "All the features that we use do not require any additional subscription or yearly fees."
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  • "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."
  • "I did note that Oracle does tend to internally oversize things especially if they want to fill up a budget, and hence third-party oversight is essential."
  • "The licensing can be a bit expensive because you need to have certain tools enabled that require them."
  • "The majority of our customers are in government or big enterprises, and the projects that we sell come out to several million USD. With this amount of money on the table, it's always better to have an experienced team of consultants, who know Exadata very well, handle the implementation."
  • "The price of the solution has been expensive to implement."
  • "The cost of the product could be improved."
  • "There is an annual license to use this solution. The solution is expensive."
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    it_user3309 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user3309 (Presenter at a consultancy)

    You are asking about front end tools but you do not mention which ones. What you have are "database backends" and each has different features. The utilization will depend on what kind of expertise you have available else you will end up trying to implement say, Teradata on Exadata which may not give you the best solution. What are your criteria for success? Based on these you will have to evaluate each solution -- I am sure each vendor will be happy to set up the environment and work with your set of sampl,e data to show you have they evaluate against your criteria.

    it_user89046 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user89046 (Sales at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees)
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    Given we partner with many or all of the above, or can get to them as we access all data, I have the following opinion - InfoBright is very new and probable to be sold long term. It is also an expensive subscription so presents highest risk to me. Exidata is Oracle - if you like Oracle and their style, it maybe ok, but then it is Oracle. Microsoft is Microsoft - tends to be cheap to acquire and expensive to implement and maintain. Teradata is pricey but of the group presents the least risk and the greatest number of front end partners. The product I represent is unique as it is designed for high complexity large numbers of users and data and runs inside Teradata taking better advantage of the architecture.

    Disclosure: I work for Information Builders

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I'd like to connect something like ES that I can use on objects on our SQL Server. We'd like to be able to understand how to export data to something like Semantic Technologies or like Graph DB. Some… more »
    Top Answer:We have used this solution for a long period of time so it has become easy for us to query any kind of data from Oracle Exadata which has been valuable.
    Top Answer:There is an annual license to use this solution. The solution is expensive. I rate the price of Oracle Exadata a three out of five.
    Top Answer:We have experienced some issues with processing unstructured data on Exadata. This is an important requirement for our AIML based use case. Reactive analytics data can not be prepared easily in Oracle… more »
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    Also Known As
    Microsoft PDW, SQL Server Data Warehouse, Microsoft SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse, MS Parallel Data Warehouse
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    The traditional structured relational data warehouse was never designed to handle the volume of exponential data growth, the variety of semi-structured and unstructured data types, or the velocity of real time data processing. Microsoft's SQL Server data warehouse solution integrates your traditional data warehouse with non-relational data and it can handle data of all sizes and types, with real-time performance.

    Oracle Exadata Database Machine is a modern framework, engineered to run databases and to scale database servers. Oracle Exadata Database Machine can be run on the cloud or on premises.

    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 Database Machine 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 Database Machine 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 Database Machine 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 Database Machine 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."

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    Sample Customers
    Auckland Transport, Erste Bank Group, Urban Software Institute, NJVC, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Tata Steel Europe
    PayPal, EBS, Organic Food Retailer, Garmin, University of Minnesota, Major Semiconductor Company, Deutsche Bank, Starwood, Ziraat Bank, SK Telecom, and P&G.
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company23%
    Hospitality Company15%
    Pharma/Biotech Company15%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Insurance Company9%
    Financial Services Firm26%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Insurance Company14%
    Computer Software Company32%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Company Size
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise78%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse vs. Oracle Exadata
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse vs. Oracle Exadata and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    620,319 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse is ranked 12th in Data Warehouse with 2 reviews while Oracle Exadata is ranked 2nd in Data Warehouse with 23 reviews. Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse is rated 7.6, while Oracle Exadata is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse writes "Less expensive than other high-end solutions this can be a powerhouse for small low-budget companies". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle Exadata writes "High performing and reliable work environment". Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse is most compared with Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics, SAP BW4HANA, Snowflake, Teradata and Azure Data Factory, whereas Oracle Exadata is most compared with Teradata, Snowflake, Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse and IBM Db2 Warehouse. See our Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse vs. Oracle Exadata report.

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