By Yoav Eilat on Apr 03, 2014
On March 28, Oracle and Forrester hosted a joint webcast titled "The Total Economic Impact of Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic", an overview of Forrester's ROI study at Oracle customer SquareTwo Financial. In case you missed it, you can view the webcast on demand at:
For easy reading, here's the Q&A from the webcast, slightly edited for clarity.
What's the difference between Exalogic and Exadata, and why do I need two systems?
Oracle Exalogic is the best platform for Middleware, Applications and a great consolidation platform while Exadata is a the best platform to run Oracle Databases. A company looking for the best performance and ease of management of their solution can benefit the most by using both these platforms together.
Is it good for small/mid- size business?
Yes there definitely small to midsize companies using these systems. I wouldn't recommend them to tiny companies, but if you need need to scale Oracle apps or databases they are very helpful.
Is it better than the IBM i platform?
We have many customers who went through extensive evaluations across various vendors, including IBM, and decided to move to Oracle’s engineered systems, Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata (hardware and software optimized to work together) based on various benefits they saw in performance, ease of management, ROI, TCO etc.
Both of them can reside on same hardware?
If you mean multiple applications, then yes. You can take advantage of the virtualization capabilities to run even hundreds of different apps on the same box.
Who are Oracle's main competitors in this segment, in terms of technology used by customers?
Probably the only company with similar products is IBM. However there are important differences between the Oracle and IBM products.
What about HP? Your first Exadata machines were built by HP right?
That's correct, the first Exadata machines were built by HP. Now HP has some converged infrastructure systems that they sell, but they don't have optimizations for databases or applications.
Is it hardware or software which differentiate Exadata and Exalogic?
In discussions with companies using Exadata and Exalogic, they said it is the combination of both software and hardware in a preconfigured (optimized) solution that was the real differentiator.
Do customers run Exalogic in a virtual environment?
There are many customers running Exalogic in a virtual environment and taking advantage of the benefits these systems have to offer.