A cost comparative exercise by Jean-Pierre Dijcks involving the Oracle Big Data Appliance (BDA) and a DIY system built using HP solutions and Cloudera reveals a big price point advantage for BDA. Dijcks costs out the DIY system at US$ 762,849 at all list prices, which includes neither the costs of cabling the system, installing the OS, JVM and other base components nor installing and configuring the Hadoop stack software to get to a production system. Oracle BDA, on the other hand, comes in at US$ 450,000, according to Dijcks's analysis. The main differences, then, between Oracle BDA and a DIY arrangement are, Dijcks concludes, are that:
- Support for the DIY system includes three vendors.
- Faster time to value (days vs. weeks or months)
- Oracle Big Data Appliance is tuned and configured to take advantage of the CPUs and InfiniBand network it runs on
The Oracle Big Data Appliance
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