Oracle Database as a Service Review

Data Guard is best DR solution but licensing is a nightmare

How has it helped my organization?

Not only does it provide a mature, reliable solution for DR. It also helps if application owners need to look into data which is a couple of hours old, using Flashback Database on the standby database.

What is most valuable?

Data Guard, because it’s the best solution for Disaster Recovery.

What needs improvement?

The licensing is a nightmare. Tons of options which need to be licensed individually, and no real offering for VMware or other Hypervisors.

And my favorite option – Multitenant – should be available for some pluggable databases in all editions without any fee.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No stability issues at all.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

RAC is not a real scalability solution, so instead of scaling out I prefer to scale up.

How is customer service and technical support?

Very poor.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I have always used Oracle Database.

How was the initial setup?

Back in the early 90s, set up was difficult. But now, it’s straightforward using the graphical interfaces. But there is indeed room for improvement. An 8GB download for software is far too big. Nowadays it should be possible to simply use RPM packages on Linux/Unix.

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

There should be a standard way to license the database in a virtual environment (e.g. VMware) and there should be a low-end version (like Standard Edition One) again.

What other advice do I have?

Before starting to look for the high-end solution (Enterprise Edition) you should consider using Standard Edition Two. There is a great chance that it will be sufficient, and gaps can be filled with third-party products like Dbvisit Standby for Distaster Recovery.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Oracle Gold Partner.
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