Oracle Coherence Review

Querying, aggregations, cluster replication and language interoperability are popular features.

What is most valuable?

From a non-functional side:

  • - Horizontal scalability
  • - High performance
  • - Resilience

From a functional side, we use all aspects of the product in multiple applications. Popular features are querying, aggregations, cluster replication and language interoperability.

How has it helped my organization?

We use Coherence in a range of applications, from business-critical applications dealing with a vast amount of fast-moving data, to smaller applications looking to share data efficiently internally and with external apps and businesses.

One example would be as a portion of a risk-calculation engine that calculates complex values like PV, VaR and Greeks. Other technologies don’t allow the same level of scale and compute capability, while providing rigorous resilience and security underpinnings.

What needs improvement?

  • Integration with non-Oracle products
  • Becoming open source and creating an ecosystem allowing users to contribute features in a controlled manner

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it from version 3.3 onwards, a period of about eight years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have encountered the occasional minor bug and very occasional more serious bug.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not encountered any scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I did not previously use a different solution.

How was the initial setup?

We use Coherence for a number of applications, each with different requirements. It’s hard to provide a simple answer regarding initial setup but, in general, we find that Coherence is relatively simple to set up and use. However, it quickly becomes very complex as more features are used.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The product was in use when I joined.

What other advice do I have?

Coherence is the most mature product in this space, with the backing of a large support organization.

For a long period, they led the field and are arguably still leading it, but there are other smaller, newer technologies that are catching up fast.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarOrlee Gillis

What are the current options for integration with non-Oracle products?