Oracle Engineered Systems vs DIY

Nov 9, 2021

Oracle Engineered Systems vs DIY

In the modern workplace, IT skills are more important to have then ever before. With growing complexity and a shortage of competent and capable IT Professionals, finding qualified people to build and maintain your infrastructure has become increasingly difficult. There are options to implementing a complex infrastructure that eliminates many of the risks inherent in a do-it-yourself (DIY) build – Engineered Systems.

In an Oracle environment, the Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) for general database processing requirements; Exadata for extreme performance requirements; and the Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) for workload consolidation. For simplicity, we will use the Oracle Database Appliance X8 as an example.


Using automation to eliminate the manual labour-intensive tasks of a database administrator, an engineered system will require less human knowledge and expertise, leaving the DBA to focus on new, more pressing tasks. The ODA X8 boasts fast implementation and setup time compared to a DIY solution, and the automated backup makes it extremely easy to use. With cross-vendor technology expertise required, an ODA will take 96% less time to deploy, maintain, and support than the DIY solution.


With the increase in malware and cyberthreats growing daily, it is extremely important that a database be resilient and protected. The ODA X8 defaults to the highest level of security available, something DIY solution is unable to offer without costly 3rd party software. With non-disruptive system updates as well as integrated and seamless backup, the ODA X8 is the best option by far when it comes to resilience, protection, and security.


Many people think that the cost of something and the price are the same. This is not the case. While the initial price might be enticing, it is important to dig deeper into the potential for savings in the future. The ODA X8 provides a “license as you go” model where the number of cores required is determines the license requirement. With the DIY approach, you have to license all available CPU cores up front whereas with the ODA X8 you activate and license CPU core capacity when needed.

Increased Performance

Assuming both the ODA X8 and the DIY are running the same Oracle Database version and edition, the ODA X8 can utilize the best practice configurations built into the system right out of the box ensuring optimized performance. On the other hand, the DIY solution requires the customer to figure out everything on their own, typically leading to poor performance.

Conclusion: Why You Should Choose ODA X8

When it comes to database resiliency, simplicity, and security the ODA X8 is head and shoulders above the DIY system. With each ODA X8 co-engineered with Oracle Database, performance and functionality of the ODA X8 is in a league of its own.

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