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Oracle Database Appliance: What can it do for you?

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With Oracle Database Appliance, you no longer have to spend on capacity that you do not use, or will not use right now.

Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) brings together all the resources you need to run your applications and database. It is a completely optimized and integrated networking, storage, computer, and software all- in-one box.

Oracle Database Appliance aims to make your Oracle Database perform at its best, while also ensuring that your applications run smoothly.

Why should you choose Oracle Database Appliance? There are three reasons:

1. Oracle assures that you can get Oracle Database Appliance up and running in just minutes. No more waiting for days or even for hours!

ODA keeps things very simple. Every step, starting from sourcing, to deployment and to eventual management, adheres to this goal. The appliance is designed to be simple so that you can enjoy faster time to value.

Just imagine, you can run your applications and databases on one managed appliance. And you can rely on Oracle for any kind of assistance, help, or support you may need along the way.

Oracle has made sure to automate a lot of its processes, thereby keeping everything about Oracle Database Appliance simple. You only need to plug it in and then follow the installation. The aim was to make Oracle Database Appliance a solution in a box. Not only is the setup automated, but also a lot of the tasks that a typical database administrator would need to do are also automated. This includes the automatic deployment of Oracle Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters, its clustering software, and patching and updating the entire stack.

On top of these,ODA also has diagnostics that can automatically relay the necessary information about a particular issue or problem to Oracle Support. This helps cut down the troubleshooting time.

What’s more, Oracle uses the best practices when it comes to configuring your appliance.

All of these mean that even those with limited technical skills will be able to figure out how to deploy Oracle Database Appliance by themselves. All in all, Oracle Database Appliance will be able to save you hundreds of hours during the first year that you use it. Imagine what you could do with all that time!

2. Oracle has engineered its Oracle Database Appliance specifically for Oracle Database.

If you are using Oracle Database for whatever projects you have, then there is no better appliance than Oracle Database Appliance.

This is because Oracle built its Database Appliance with Oracle Database in mind. The company chose the hardware and software that are needed for the smooth running of Oracle Database. The entire stack is optimized to make sure that Oracle Database performs at its peak. What’s more, all components are fully integrated.

This does not only guarantee optimum performance of your database but also ensures that you get proven results without any surprises, and you get these without spending too much time and effort in configuring your hardware and software.

Not only that, Oracle Database Appliance is also built by experts at Oracle itself, using best practices. That translates to databases that perform very fast and with minimal hitches!

So just imagine, instead of going through all the trouble to build everything yourself (including putting together all the components you need, testing and then optimizing each component, and then maintaining everything, including your database), you can just rely on Oracle for everything. It is going to be like having a team of Oracle experts working as your own IT team: Oracle engineers and architects are doing the design, testing, and building for you, while you get top-notch technical support from Oracle experts as well.

3. You get quality performance from an appliance that you can set up in a matter of minutes, without paying top dollar for it.

A lot of organizations have adopted the mindset that if you want to get the best performance and fast, then you must be prepared to pay dearly for it.

But Oracle Database Appliance breaks that belief. It is very affordable. You would love the lower prices, as well as the flexible licensing schemes offered by Oracle.

With Oracle Database Appliance, you get up to 72 cores. This does not mean that you would need to license all of them. You can start with just two cores.

If you do not license all the cores, you can use these unlicensed cores to run code that you get from third-party programmers or code written by your IT team.

With Oracle Database Appliance, you no longer have to spend on capacity that you do not use, or will not use right now. Oracle Database Appliance allows you to get only the capacity you need. In the future, if you need more resources (such as memory or storage), you can scale up very quickly.

Perhaps, you would appreciate Oracle Database Appliance more if you remember how the company licensed its products before. Oracle charged per processor, even if these processors were not used for Oracle products. They also had very complicated licensing rules when it comes to virtualized environments. To make it simpler (which Oracle licensing never was), you pay for each core you use, as well as the hardware that Oracle products might access to, not based on virtualized partitions.

But that was in the past. Oracle Database Appliance gives you everything you need in a box. You now get the cores you need on demand. You can start with four cores, if that is all you need. In this case, you only pay for four cores. But as time goes by, you might need more than four cores. For example, you need three more cores, so you license three more cores. This continues until such time that you need say 20 cores, adding 3-4 cores every year. On the fifth year, that’s the only time you pay for 20 cores. In the past, you would be required to pay for 20 cores during the first year – even if you have only used four cores.

Contact Four Cornerstone now at (817) 377-1144 to learn more about Oracle Database Appliance.

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