The ideal target for an Exadata administrator is a solid DBA "with a special interest in the systems side" as well as areas like data modeling and an understanding of Oracle's various clustering technologies, Vallee said. "Then I think the learning curve is manageable."
CCC Information Services, which offers a variety of software applications that help auto insurance companies manage and evaluate claims, is about to undertake an Exadata implementation.
CCCIS is doing some staff shuffling in anticipation of Exadata's management responsibilities, said Patrick Traynor, vice president of architecture, in an interview. "We're in the planning stages and we feel pretty good about it."
CCCIS did not do a full proof-of-concept exercise for Exadata before it bought the system, but had extensive conversations with existing customers, according to Traynor.
The company is eagerly anticipating the performance boosts and storage savings Exadata is supposed to provide, but there's more to the investment than that, said Chetan Ghai , senior vice president of global marketing and product strategy.
Exadata should give CCCIS some headroom to roll out new applications, especially ones with predictive capabilities that can save insurance carriers money and streamline claims processing, he said.
Oracle rolled out two more integrated systems this week at OpenWorld, including the Big Data Appliance and Exalytics Business Intelligence machine. The company is positioning the products as something companies can run side-by-side with Exadata.
OpenWorld continues through Thursday in San Francisco.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com.