Virtualization and the ODA
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The Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) is primarily designed as an appliance to support and deploy the Oracle database quickly and to provide a pay-as-you-go licensing model. The ODA hardware provides a lot of flexibility in deployment options, and the 4u rack size is ideal for a lot of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to deploy in a variety of situations. SMBs typically want to use consolidated hardware, and the ODA, while a good database platform, still requires added components to support a complete application stack. This led to the idea that virtualization might achieve a one-box solution that helps a variety of SMBs to meet the “less hardware” goal.