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The Game Has Changed: A Flexible, Affordable, Simple Single Box Solution [Oracle]

Enterprise Software | Posted on March 30, 2012 by Andrea Malloni

Oracle’s new Database Appliance is a game changer in its ability to accommodate and support growing organizations in their uncertainty.

For most organizations, all signs point to growth and expansion in 2012. But the great recession has left budgets slashed, staffing resources limited, and the scope and pace of that growth uncertain. IT directors are faced with sourcing technology options that accommodate SCALABILITY and FLEXIBILITY more than ever before.

You know that growth is coming, but you aren’t sure how much growth or how rapidly. You know that you need additional storage, software and servers, but you aren’t sure how soon or how broadly. You know that your hardware is outdated and you’re short on staff to help implement and manage new installation, but you aren’t sure how to best leverage your investment.

For the first time, Oracle presents a complete fully integrated engineered high availability database solution that offers:

  • Plug and go installation
  • One button configuration
  • Consolidated databases
  • Fully redundant hardware
  • Continuous availability
  • Pay as you grow licensing
  • Single vendor support

How does this help you meet the mission?

Its Fully Integrated.

The Oracle Database appliance is software, server, storage and networking in a single box. It supports a wide range of homegrown and packaged OLTP and data warehousing applications. Simple to implement, maintain and support. Simply unpack, plug it in, power it up, and with single button configuration, and  its ready to use within 3 hours. The preinstalled Linux system boots up and a GUI configurator will ask you if you want to do a typical or custom installation. A typical installation is easy and fast: answer a few questions, provide IP addresses and choose the size of database you’ll be running. Storage admin is integrated into the appliance, and no additional configuration is needed. Come back in two hours and you’ll have a ready-to-go highly available clustered database.

Its Affordable.

The new licensing available with the Oracle Database Appliance is a pay-as-you grow model. This pay as you grow licensing option is a true game changer for customers. Prior to this, you would purchase 24 cores of licenses and pay 24 cores of support from day one.  With this new offering, pay for 2 cores to start and add as many as 24 cores as you grow. This represents significant cost savings upfront and each subsequent year and its a low cost entry point to a high availability solution. Pay only for licenses as you need them.

It Centralizes Architecture.

The arrival of the Oracle Database Appliance also represents perfect timing against the dynamics the marketplace where most organizations are moving to centralized application architecture. IT organizations are increasingly moving away from custom applications built over time and are instead standarizing with a few key vendors. Oracle database tends to be the standard for mission critical apps and there is a push to consolidate and centralize the architecture. The opportunity to cross stack database and hardware is a compelling reason to make the architectural changes.

Upgrading your database from Oracle 8, 9 or 10 to 11GR2, and consolidate off of 3rd party platforms will drive the architectural change you are looking for that will benefit you in performance, manageability, cost savings, and enterprise functionality.

Its Simple.

The Oracle Database Appliance is an important new offering to mid-sized customers and departments. It significantly reduces the power and infrastructure investment that was previously required in a similar solution and allows scalability that was previously non-existent. Its all about simplicity – two servers that are clustered together. There is no single point of failure, and its redundant and fault tolerant.  Storage space and power and staffing bandwidth (and their relative cost) are all issues that are significantly reduced with this solution. No oracle DBA, or storage admin, or network admin is required for the system to run. Its an outstanding solution for remote locations.

A typical rack installation takes upwards of 40 hour to complete. The Oracle Database Appliance can be up and running in approximately 3 hours.

This self-managing database features pre-configured options including:

  • Automatic storage management, automatic memory management
  • Automatic detection and correction of many failure conditions
  • Fast problem diagnosis
  • Automatic service request filing (phone home)
  • Relevant logs gathered and packaged for Oracle support
  • One button patching for entire stack
  • Single point of contact for all support issues

Contact a Softchoice Representative today to find our more about the Oracle Database Appliance and engage with our Softchoice Exclusive Oracle TechCheck to assess your current Oracle investment.

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