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

Wednesday Jan 30, 2013

IDC Whitepaper - Time for Change: Optimizing Datacenter Infrastructure with Technology Refresh

IDC recently published a White Paper - "Time for Change: Optimizing Datacenter Infrastructure with Technology Refresh", sponsored by Oracle, which provides valuable insight and quantifies the business benefits of upgrading and modernizing IT infrastructure.

The report is based on in-depth interviews with seven enterprises that have recently worked with Oracle to refresh and optimize their data center infrastructure for an average three-year ROI of 267% and a payback in 13 months.

By consolidating and virtualizing their UNIX server and storage environments, IDC found these organizations were able to realize the following benefits:

  • Gain a more powerful infrastructure that delivers an aggregate financial benefit of $91,466 per 100 end users;
  • Optimize IT staff support by enabling them to more proactively manage IT infrastructure and reduce time spent responding to problems and architecture complexities;
  • Quantify real end user productivity gains derived from higher service levels and faster response times;
  • Mitigate the risks associated with service downtime by up to 99%; enabling more productive business operations.

Download report here


Wednesday Jan 02, 2013

IDC case study - Making Oracle Database Easier and Faster to Manage and Run: Cardinal Health's Consolidation on Oracle Exadata

IDC's published a non-commissioned case study on Cardinal Health's migration from 20 UNIX servers to two Exadata half-racks.

This IDC Buyer Case Study examines the experience of Cardinal Health in consolidating a number of operational databases on Oracle Exadata. It considers the reasons for the move, alternatives considered, and benefits realized. It also draws conclusions from the experience of Cardinal Health and includes observations and lessons learned from this project.

Download full report: 


Tuesday Dec 04, 2012

Capgemini report - Business Cloud: The State of Play Shifts Rapidly

Capgemini has published a recent survey on the state of play of cloud adoption. The report indicates "clear evidence that the business, rather than purely IT, is becoming involved in driving Cloud strategy, and pioneering its use for ‘edge’ growth initiatives." 

Ron Tolido, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Applications Continental Europe at Capgemini, was one of the keynote speakers at our Exadata & Manageability Partner Community event in Istanbul in March. He is one of the drivers of this survey. Read his article "3 Key Cloud Insights for 2013".

You an download the full report here:  "Business Cloud: The State of Play Shifts Rapidly - Fresh Insights into Cloud Adoption Trends"

Wednesday Nov 21, 2012

TCO Comparison: Oracle Exadata vs IBM P-Series

Cost Comparison for Business Decision-makers
Oracle Exadata Database Machine vs. IBM Power Systems
How to Weigh a Purchase Decision
October 2012

Download full report here

In this research-based  white paper conducted at the request of Oracle, The FactPoint Group compares the cost of ownership of the Oracle Exadata engineered system to a traditional build-your-own (BYO) solution, in this case an IBM Power 770 (P770) with SAN storage.  The IBM P770 was chosen given it is IBM’s current most popular model, based on FactPoint primary and secondary research and IBM claims, and because at least one of the interviewed customers had specifically migrated from a P770 to Exadata, affording us a more specific data point for comparison.

This research found that Oracle Exadata:

  • Can be deployed more quickly and easily requiring 59% fewer man-hours than a traditional IBM Power Systems solution.
  • Delivers dramatically higher performance typically up to 12X improvement, as described by customers, over their prior solution. 
  • Requires 40% fewer systems administrator hours to maintain and operate annually, including quicker support calls because of less finger-pointing and faster service with a single vendor. 
  • Will become even easier to operate over time as users become more proficient and organize around the benefits of integrated infrastructure.
  • Supplies a highly available, highly scalable and robust solution that results in reserve capacity that make Exadata easier for IT to operate because IT administrators can manage proactively, not reactively.  Overall, Exadata operations and maintenance keep IT administrators from “living on the edge.”  And it’s pre-engineered for long-term growth.

Finally, compared to IBM Power Systems hardware, Exadata is a bargain from a total cost of ownership perspective:  Over three years, the IBM hardware running Oracle Database cost 31% more in TCO than Exadata.


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