Wednesday Mar 16, 2016

Three ZDLRA Analyst Papers

Three analyst papers on using Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance to ease DBA data protection frustration, comparison of ZDLRA vs. EMC Data Domain, and a complete description and assessment of ZDLRA.

Take Action: Ask your customers what is their database recovery strategy and share any or all of these analyst papers on the advantages of ZDLRA with them.

Alleviating Oracle Database DBA Data Protection Frustration by Marc Staimer, President of Dragon Slayer Consulting

“The Recovery Appliance is uniquely engineered and tightly integrated, hand-in-glove, with all of RMAN’s complete capabilities. Something that is simply not possible for all other data protection applications because they do not have access to the Oracle Database IP and source code.”

Read the entire paper here.

Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance – and Comparison with EMC Data Domain by Josh Krischer, Josh Krischer & Associates, GmbH

“With its modern design and extensive co-engineering with the Oracle Database and RMAN, Oracle’s Recovery Appliance provides much-needed data protection assurance for any business, small or large. In contrast EMC Data Domain is an underperforming backup appliance with limited scalability and availability. Which one should any business depend on when disaster strikes?”

Read the entire comparative analysis, including a summary of technical and economic advantages of ZDLRA over EMC Data Domain.

Oracle’s Engineered Systems Approach to Maximizing Database Protection by John Webster, Evaluator Group

“Oracle’s Recovery Appliance, co-engineered with Oracle Database and Oracle Recovery Manager, offers IT administrators a single, automated, Oracle-optimized and recovery-focused environment with sub-second RPO for data protection infrastructure and support. Its scale-out architecture puts it in a different class of backup appliance by enabling Oracle DBAs and application administrators to expand data protection capabilities continuously without adding stand-alone controllers that create islands of backup data and make backup and recovery more complex and time consuming. As one user has reported, an investment in the Recovery Appliance may actually cost less than it would have to add to their existing general purpose backup appliances while achieving 200X improvement in backup performance.”


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Friday Feb 26, 2016

New Evaluator Group research report on ZDLRA

New Evaluator Group research report on ZDLRA adds to an increasing number of industry influencers that see the tangible business benefits of this game-changing appliance.


Highlights from this report include:

“Oracle’s Recovery Appliance is unique among competing general-purpose backup appliances due to its co-engineered capabilities with Oracle Database and the Oracle stack.”

“The Recovery Appliance’s scale-out architecture puts it in a different class of backup appliance by enabling Oracle DBAs and application administrators to expand data protection capabilities continuously without adding stand-alone controllers that create islands of backup data and make backup and recovery more complex and time consuming.”

Read the full report here.

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Thursday Feb 25, 2016

Aberdeen Group report - Flash Forward: Moving Critical Workloads to Engineered Systems

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Aligning Cloud Computing Initiatives with the Demands of Business Workloads

A recent study from the Aberdeen Group found that two-thirds of enterprise applications are currently implemented as virtualized workloads (either private clouds or public clouds). However, the majority of these workloads (68%) are still being executed on premises. The implication is that enterprises want to take advantage of the cloud’s flexibility and cost-effectiveness—but are hesitant to relinquish control.

What factors should drive an enterprise’s ‘journey to the cloud’? According to the Aberdeen Group, the primary driver should be that which is closest to a company’s strategic objectives – which is identified as enterprise application or business workloads.

Read the Aberdeen Group’s “Flash Forward” research paper today to learn:
  • The top three inhibitors to cloud computing and virtualization initiatives
  • Where the expected benefits of the cloud are falling short – and why
  • Why virtualization and cloud initiatives are so complex in practice
  • Strategic options for coping with complexity and go-forward guidance on implementing virtualization and cloud computing initiatives

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Wednesday Dec 23, 2015

Taneja Group report: ZDLRA Light-Years Ahead

A new research report on the Oracle Recovery Appliance from influencers at the Taneja Group highlights how the product is "light-years ahead of alternatives such as EMC Data Domain appliances and NetApp filers." 

Key highlights from this report include:

  • Oracle has turned the idea of backups on its head. Instead of relying on “nightly full backups,” only incremental backups ever need be taken—an 'incremental forever' approach. This eliminates several major pain points for companies of all sizes. The big question of being able to recover a good copy of the database from last week or yesterday is no longer an issue.”
  • “Recovery Appliance offloads backup processes from production database servers which can increase performance in Oracle environments. Adopting this new backup and recovery solution will actually give CPU cycles back to the business.”
  • “Bottom line—if finally eliminating the pain of outdated full backup approaches or the increasing risk of data loss at scale doesn’t move you, the many benefits in operational ease and manageability shown in this report are significant enough to easily justify the Recovery Appliance’s acquisition and deployment by Oracle Database owners. There are simply no more excuses for not fully protecting your critical Oracle Database assets as they should be protected.”

Download the report here.

Wednesday Oct 28, 2015

Oracle Takes Convergence to New Extremes - Industry Analyst Blog by the Taneja Group

Technology Analysts Taneja Group write in a recent post:

"Oracle takes [convergence] farther than anyone else in the industry. Why? Because they can....They call it Oracle on Oracle...The war has only just begun. And at this time Oracle seems to be winning. Because of the optimized stack, if Oracle databases and Oracle applications are involved, Oracle claims to beat everyone else to a pulp."

Read the full article here

Friday Mar 13, 2015

Oracle engineered systems are now going to compete on price: an Ovum report

Summary: Analyst firm Ovum attended Oracle's January 21st X5 Engineered Systems launch and authored an analysis of the news and expected market impact.

Key findings about the new X5 generation of engineered systems noted in the Ovum report, titled, "Oracle engineered systems are now going to compete on price" include:

  • Oracle is competing head-to-head with converged system industry leaders on price
  • Oracle is going mass-market in price while delivering premium performance
  • Oracle has sold more than 10,000 engineered systems units to date
  • Oracle is  going full bore with the commodity Intel 2-socket architecture which allows Oracle to reduce the price-point
  • An example of this includes the latest model of Oracle's Virtual Computer Appliance which is significantly less cost than Cisco UCS
  • Ovum believes that Oracle engineered systems offer natural advantages for existing Oracle software customers because of the optimizations

Download the report here.

Tuesday Feb 10, 2015

Gartner research note regarding Exadata X5

  Gartner database analyst, Donald Feinberg has released a new research note regarding Oracle's Exadata X5 January 2015 announcement.

Quotes from the research note include:

  • "Exadata X5 contains technology upgrades of all components, and should be a big step forward in customer satisfaction regarding cost."
  • "Purchasing and IT management should re-evaluate Exadata."
  • "Exadata X5’s most important changes are flexible, configurable hardware, capacity on demand (COD) pricing of the DBMS software and the availability of Oracle VM on Exadata"

Oracle has purchased rights to the full report.

Monday Feb 09, 2015

Ovum research note exploring the customer benefits of deploying Oracle Engineered Systems

Ovum analyst Roy Illsley has published a research note exploring the customer benefits of deploying Oracle Engineered Systems. 


  • Oracle has produced a range of systems that are unlike others in the integrated systems market, and the term "engineered systems"describes this differentiation extremely well.
  • One of the key differentiators of Oracle’s Engineered Systems is the inherent reliability, scalability, and performance that these systems deliver.
  • While Oracle’s Engineered Systems are designed to address customers’ most pressing challenges in their data centers, central to Oracle’s Engineered Systems value proposition is the comprehensive support agreement that Oracle offers to customers.
  • Oracle’s Engineered Systems deliver a solution that is engineered for a particular purpose: to deliver reliability, performance, and scalability. 
  • Oracle’s strategy is to provide solutions for businesses to focus on business issues not IT issues
  • Oracle Engineered Systems simplify the management of data and databases for enterprise customers.
  • One of the biggest strengths of Oracle’s range of Engineered Systems is the ability for these systems to all be interconnected and managed through a single management tool, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

Oracle has purchased distribution rights to this report which can be found HERE

Wednesday Oct 15, 2014

IDC Link:Oracle Enterprise Manager: The Secret Sauce in Oracle's Hybrid Cloud Strategy

This report "Oracle Enterprise Manager: The Secret Sauce in Oracle's Hybrid Cloud Strategy" is authored by Mary Johnston Turner from IDC. The Link discusses IDC’s experience at Oracle Open World 2014, specifically around Oracle Enterprise Manager.


•Oracle Cloud services are supported by more than 20 Oracle Cloud data centers around the world and are managed by the same Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) toolkit that customers use on premise to monitor, provision and maintain Oracle databases, Engineered Systems and Oracle applications and middleware.

•Oracle's goal with OEM is to provide customers with a unified management environment where on premise management solutions can monitor and manage public cloud services, and visa versa, depending on the customer's specific needs.

•The real value of OEM to the company and its customers is its ability to reduce costs and improve operational agility via delivery of consistent automated workflows and repeatable configurations, identity and performance SLAs across the full spectrum of Oracle on premise and public cloud offerings.

Wednesday Apr 09, 2014

New analyst report: DCIG reports on Storage

Don't miss these new reports just released from analyst firm DCIG. Making the Right Hybrid Storage Array Buying Decision: Oracle ZS3 Series Stands Out As A Hybrid Enterprise Storage Solution, and Big Data Tape Library Buyer's Guide. Both reports are loaded with great information pertaining to Oracle's ZS3 and Tape products. 

Wednesday Sep 04, 2013

ESG report: Introducing Oracle Database 12c: Manage Many Databases as One

ESG has published a strong endorsement of Oracle Database 12c that profiles two beta customers - Aramark and Postbank.

ESG states: "Oracle's dramatic re-architecture of  Oracle Database 12c, offers database customers a long list of real improvements to support cloud implementations, enable the consolidation and management of many databases as one, and streamline the day-to-day work of DBAs."

ESG notes the following Oracle Database 12c benefits: (1) consolidation (2) patching (3) upgrades (4) less memory (5) no application modification (6) secure multitenancy at database tier (7) stable beta product (8) plug/unplug to leverage cheaper resources.

Read the full report here  (Oracle has purchased electronic distribution rights to this report)

Thursday Aug 08, 2013

Quinnsight report on Oracle Database 12c

Quinnsight has published a report that rates Oracle Database 12c 92/100 with strong capabilities in consolidation, DBaaS, multitenancy, private cloud, SaaS.

Quinnsight states:

    "Oracle Database 12c puts Oracle immediately at the forefront of databases for multitenant clouds."
    "Competitors will be forced to go back to drawing board to unseat 12c's new "Database as a Service" capabilities."
    "12c is differentiated because it gives customers a chance to evolve towards multitenancy without making wholesale changes."

Read full report here

Tuesday Jul 09, 2013

IDC research note on Oracle Database 12c

IDC has just published an Insight report on Oracle Database 12c, where they acknowledge that the new capabilities provided by the Oracle Database align very well with the key trends of (1) in-memory computing and (2) cloud computing, that are transforming the data management landscape.

Oracle has addressed both trends in a significant manner [via "heat map" automation to keep frequently accessed data in-memory, and Pluggable Databases (PDBs) that enable multitenancy for cloud computing]

The full research note can be accessed here.


Wednesday Jul 03, 2013

Ovum report: Oracle Database 12c offers new take on multitenancy

Ovum has published a positive research note on Oracle Database 12c.

Ovum concludes that Oracle Multitenant will provide significant productivity and resource savings for Oracle customers considering database consolidation, on- or off-premise.

The multitenant features of Oracle Database 12c support not only cloud deployment, but also database consolidation.

Oracle has purchased electronic distribution rights to this research note and posted it to The full research note can be downloaded here.  

Monday Mar 04, 2013

Getting Real About Big Data: Build Versus Buy. A whitepaper by ESG

ESG performs a detailed financial analysis of "Buy" (Oracle Big Data Appliance) vs "build your own" and concludes Oracle Big Data Appliance is a better option that "build your own"

  • Oracle Big Data Appliance($450k) is 39% less costly than "build your own"($733k) 
  • OBDA reduces time-to-market by 33% vs "build"
  • Few, and expensive Hadoop engineers means the prebuilt Oracle Big Data Appliance is a better option

"Rolling your own" infrastructure involves a long series of hidden risks and costs, and may undermine your organization's ability to deliver big data in the long term."

Download the full whitepaper here: Getting Real About Big Data: Build Versus Buy. A whitepaper by ESG (February 2013)

Note: This ESG whitepaper was commissioned by Oracle. Oracle has purchased electronic distribution rights to this whitepaper


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