BLOG UPDATE 26-SEP-2011: A lot of the content in this post conveys my strong feelings about throwing around the word “appliance” in the context of Information Technology. Readers have pointed out (in the comment thread below) that my assessment of Oracle Database Appliance vis a vis “appliance status” is akin to spreading half-truths because I work on a product at EMC called an appliance that some, or many, would not deem an appliance. As you read this post, please bear in mind that I do address readers’ views on that matter in the comment thread. The original post follows:
I just googled ‘Oracle Database Appliance’ +Exadata and got offered 446,000 goodies to click on. There are only two problems with that:
1. Exadata is not an appliance.
2. Oracle Database Appliance has no Exadata software in it.
Get Out Of Jail Free Card
In this Computerworld article, Mark Hurd is quoted as saying the Oracle Database Appliance brings “the benefits of Exadata to entry-level systems.” So, I googled ‘this brings the benefits of Exadata to entry level systems’ and was offered 36,300 nuggets of wisdom to read.
I have only one thing to say about this big news. There is a huge difference between a pre-configured system and an appliance.
I’ve never had to apply a patch to my toaster. The Oracle Database Appliance is not an appliance, it is a pre-configured Real Application Clusters system.
SMB (Small/Medium Business) + Real Application Clusters? Who is handing out the get out of jail free cards? Who briefed Oracle’s Executives on what this thing actually is before they started talking about it? Exadata and Oracle Database Appliance are pre-configured, yes, so perhaps that is what Mark Hurd means when he said “the benefits of Exadata.” If that is the case, I agree. Pre-configured Oracle software is a *huge* benefit because it is very complex.