In the age of virtual computing, hardware has become increasingly commoditised. Abstracting operations from the underlying hardware has helped businesses to reduce their hardware spend significantly.
Given that Oracle hardware is often perceived as as more expensive, why should your business consider increasing spend? Here are five reasons to look beyond the headline purchase price:
1. Optimised for Oracle software
Oracle software is built on Oracle hardware for Oracle hardware. Every application, particularly Java and Oracle Database, perform better on Oracle servers for this very reason.
It’s not just raw speed either. Oracle x86 servers offer improved uptime for Oracle applications too. You can consolidate, secure and scale mission-critical on Oracle servers.
2. Integrated, end-to-end security
IT security is now a strategic priority, placing the IT manager under increased pressure to ensure systems are properly defended against breaches. Running Oracle on Oracle allows you to control the entire tech stack, reducing the overlaps between technologies that offer hackers the best chances of breaking in
Oracle servers feature built-in encryption, application memory protection, Silicon Secured Memory (SPARC servers) and trusted boot capability to prevent undetected intrusions.
3. Complete solutions
Oracle software on Oracle hardware functions as a cohesive whole – everything you need to run mission-critical workloads is included in a single integrated stack. This simplifies management and helps to reduce your management overheads.
Built-in layered virtualisation capabilities are available at no extra cost, allowing you to achieve greater operational flexibility. There are no hidden costs or additional investment required for third party add-ons to perform activities that are included with Oracle as standard.
4. Maximum availability
Availability is critical for the data-driven business; Oracle servers are designed with this in mind. Redundant components and physical partitioning ensure that systems keep running in the event of a local failure for instance.
Oracle servers are also supplied with comprehensive real-time monitoring and fault management allowing your DevOps team to identify issues before they take your systems offline. And as you would expect from enterprise-class hardware, critical components can be hot-swapped with zero downtime when required.
5. Lower total cost of ownership
All of these factors combine to help reduce the total cost of ownership, easily justifying the initial outlay to purchase Oracle servers. Because the operating system and virtualisation technologies are included as standard, your business is already ahead.
Because Oracle virtualisation technologies have an unusually low-performance overhead, you can consolidate more workloads on each server. Similarly, Oracle operating systems (Solaris or Linux) are not only included ‘free’, but they have been optimised for maximum performance on the underlying hardware.
For any business running Oracle applications, Oracle servers are a no-brainer. The five advantages outlined here will quickly outweigh any headline cost-saving from purchasing commodity hardware. Over the longer term, low-cost hardware may actually cost more because of the missed opportunity of running Oracle on Oracle.
To learn more about running Oracle Database on Oracle hardware and the many advantages it offers your business, please get in touch.