Expensive...yes....unless you are Larry
Here is our standard Oracle database load...and why we are not interested in Larry's scale out strategy. If and when we do RAC it is only 3 notes. We cannot afford to have four nodes with the performance of 3 and all the software costs.
Look at this pricing SPARC T4-4 compute nodes = 4systems*4processors*8cores*.5 core factor table = 64 licenses required.
Oracle EE $47,500
Oracle RAC $23,000
Oracle Dataguard $10,000
Oracle Database Vault $23,000
Oracle Advanced Security $11,500
Oracle Advanced compression $11,500
Oracle Partitioning $11,500
Grand total is $10.7Million with only one year of support
If you add in the software costs of those exadata servers and I think $10K per harddrive you will see this is insane and why Larry likes to only compare against the most expensive enterprise system from IBM with his 4 socket boxes.
Thanks but we prefer the buy IBM Power and virtualize it as much as possible to avoid buying more Oracle software licenses.