Oracle Data Guard Review

A robust and efficient solution that scales easily

What is our primary use case?

We have a couple of Oracle systems that are attached to different types of applications.
In terms of Data Guard, we use it for factory monitoring.

What is most valuable?

We like Oracle because the solution is very robust. It's also efficient for queries and is easy to scale.

What needs improvement?

The database administration needs improvement. With Oracle, we have a lot of features for administrating data, but it might be too many. It needs to be simplified. It should be automated. Looking at Enterprise Manager, there are too many KPIs in place. Directly on-site, we do not need to choose all of them. Administration, generally speaking, needs to be improved.

Oracle should also continue to simplify the upgrade using Data Guard. We have already seen reduced outage timing any time we are doing upgrade, so maybe they are heading in that direction, but it can always be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for more than 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the solution is good. We have roughly 1,000 users right now.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very good. If at any time we write a ticket, we get the appropriate answer on time. 

How was the initial setup?

The set is straightforward but it is dependent on the audience you have. Internally, we have experienced DBAs, so deploying Oracle is straightforward. If we had to do the same job for an external company it could be complex. 

What about the implementation team?

Previously we were doing the set up ourselves. Now, for more than a decade, we work with a third party, and we delegate the deployment, the support, and the maintenance of the Oracle Database.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing of Oracle is average. It's not inexpensive but it's okay.

What other advice do I have?

Currently, we are using the on-premise version on the solution.

I would rate this solution eight out of ten. I would recommend the solution because it is a good product and it's working fine. But I'm not sure if it's suitable for every consideration or any environment.

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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