It is being suggested that Oracle is about to introduce small, (relatively) cheap Exadata boxes. Key quotes include:
We estimate a price point of $100K-$200K, well below Exadata prices of $500K-$2.5M.
- The Exadata could fit under a desk;
- Customers wouldn’t need a database admin to maintain the Exadata environment;
- The focus of the Exadata mini would be ease of management over running complex enterprise applications.
The whole thing sounds appealing, but I must confess that the idea of “zero-DBA” Oracle takes me aback. It might look OK at demo time, but I have trouble imagining it working in live production situations.