My old friend Matt Zito of GridApp has made a blog entry entitled Where is Exadata. The post takes issue with some of the latest rants uttered by Chuck Hollis of EMC. It seems Chuck thinks Oracle Exadata Storage Server is dead or dying based on his best guess of the field adoption rate over the approximate 2,880 hours Exadata has been in production.
I grew tired of Chuck’s musings on the topic weeks ago so I didn’t want to call it out on my own. Matt makes a good point about the fact that Exadata requires Oracle Database 11g and most sites take the sensibly cautious approach toward adopting software that is newer then what they currently have. I’m not saying that is any sort of mitigation for Chuck’s beliefs. I am saying that people like Matt are awake at the wheel-as it were.
Matt does point out correctly that nowhere in Exadata marketing literature is EMC called out by name as competition. To the contrary Oracle and EMC share a tremendous install base. That doesn’t even need to be said. What Matt further points out is how seemingly paranoid Chuck is about Exadata. I too find it odd, but not sufficiently odd to make a blog entry specifically about the point. I, therefore, have not done so.