Today, October 11, 2016, is OTN Appreciation Day. In honor of that I wanted to post my favorite offering from Oracle — Exadata. Yes, I’m biased but even at that the Exadata platform is an outstanding offering from Oracle. Let’s look at some of the ways Exadata provides performance and value.
Exadata is an engineered system, meaning that all of the components are selected and configured to work together to provide performance. Part of that performance comes from features like Predicate Filtering, Column Projection and Storage Indexes. Add to that the Smart Flash Cache (which has been steadily improved since its inception), faster disks and Infiniband and Exadata truly is a winner. And the benefits are not simply numbers on a piece of paper. I have personally witnessed overnight batch payroll processing for one customer reduced from 12 hours to 4 hours and the only change was migrating the application to Exadata. No other tweaks or adjustments were made to provide that gain. In my book there are examples, run in real time on Exadata machines, proving the performance gain that can be realized. Exadata truly is an awesome product.
I won’t go into great detail since I have already extolled the virtues of Exadata on this blog here, here, to some extent here, here, and here. If you’re interested give one (or more) of those links a visit.
So, thank you, OTN and thank you, Oracle. And the pleasure has been all mine.