It is not every day that I get invited to give a presentation at the historic Sydney Mint. Along with our partners Oracle and mcr, we discussed the issues facing organisations preparing for the migration to an Exadata solution.
The seminar room was jam packed with people looking for “one throat to choke”. I am hoping it had nothing to do with the influence of the Mint’s convict ghosts, and was inspired purely by the savings you can achieve with Exadata.
While the existence of ghosts might be doubtful, the benefits of an integrated Exadata solution are rather clear – fewer moving parts/interfaces, lower maintenance cost, and better reliability. But it isn’t necessarily a simple process to get there.
One of the complications is the need to upgrade Oracle databases to 11gR2 as part of the migration. This potentially provides application certification issues, but these can all be dealt with in a migration plan.
I also managed to have some very interesting chats afterwards. According to one particular customer who has already purchased an Exadata solution, they managed to halve the number of Oracle database licences they needed – compared to their current traditional platform.