Eye on Oracle

Jan 12 2012   3:57PM GMT

Oracle Exalytics hardware pricing to start at $135,000

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Oracle changed its price list this week, adding prices for its Exalytics business intelligence appliance and the TimesTen in-memory database software to go with it.

As Chris Kanaracus from the IDG News Service noted, the price list change suggests that an announcement for general availability of Exalytics should be coming soon. According to the price list, the Exalytics hardware costs $135,000. That includes a single 3U Oracle-Sun server with four 10-core Intel Xeon processors and 1 TB of memory. Support and licensing for it runs another approximately $30,000 per year.

But then we get into software pricing for the machine. The TimesTen software is $366 per user for named-user plus ($300 for licensing, $66 for support) or about $42,000 per processor. There’s more. According to the price list notes, Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite is required for Exalytics, with the number of licenses matching that for TimesTen. According to a different Oracle price list, BI Foundation Suite is about $4,500 per user or about $550,000 per processor. Yeah. It adds up quickly.

That said, this is all list price. Customers can often negotiate 70% discounts or even steeper.

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