A recent study from IDC explains simple tips to quantify the value of Oracle Exadata Database Machine for your own business.
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Managing a large datacenter is a costly, complicated activity for any enterprise. But when that data centre also includes a number of database servers and performance is critical, costs and complications can multiply. Every database must be carefully tuned. This altogether must include the database server, its associated storage and network (assuming SAN or NAS configuration).
As the number of applications and their associated databases increases, the administrative costs mount, while the ability of an overstretched staff to properly maintain and tune each database and its server deteriorates.
One solution to this problem is to turn to converged systems that combine the management of hardware and software in a single unit. A better solution is to use a hardware system specifically designed for the database software to optimize database operations both for performance and for administrative simplicity.
Add to that an environment that supports workload consolidation. Thereby reducing the number of physical servers required for the databases in question. This will furthermore help you cut costs while ensuring optimal performance.
That’s the concept behind Oracle Exadata Database Machine (Oracle Exadata). Oracle has made some pretty interesting claims regarding the business value benefits of the system for Oracle Database. To test these claims, Oracle sponsored a white paper by IDC. It was to interview a number of Oracle Exadata customers, acknowledge what they have derived from that system. Also, to perform both quantitative and qualitative analysis on that data. IDC interviewed eight organizations about how they are using Oracle Exadata to support their database-related workloads.
These organizations reported that by moving to an Oracle engineered system platform they could more effectively leverage their organizations’ data to their business and operational advantage.
As a result, the organizations are achieving better business outcomes and efficiencies through improved database performance, scalability, and reliability.
On the basis of these interviews, IDC projects that these Oracle customers will realize average annual business benefits worth $157,712 per 100 users. Furthermore, a breakeven point of 11 months, which would result in a five-year return on investment (ROI) of 429% by:
- Achieving better business outcomes with improved database performance and scalability
- Making employees more productive by enabling them to make better use of data through
improved performance and reliability
- Requiring less database administrator and IT staff time to manage and deploy databases
- Reducing costs associated with the database and other licenses, as well as ongoing costs such
as power and data centre space
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