Oracle Database Review

The most valuable feature for us is certainly the scalability of the DB as we need capabilities for multiple terabytes of data.

Valuable Features

The most valuable feature for us is certainly the scalability of the DB as we need capabilities for multiple terabytes of data.

Improvements to My Organization

I don't know much about other organizations, and I've used SQL in the past at other companies, but because most of our customers are different federal government agencies, it's provided us scale to support many terabytes of data.

Room for Improvement

Recently with the 12.102 version, Oracle decreased the number of hardware you can use. I would like them to revert that back to where it was. We use the standard edition, so obviously that's going to hurt our customers as Oracle is reducing the hardware we can use.

Use of Solution

We've been using DB since the beginning, so 33 years now. I haven't used it personally since then, but the company has.

Deployment Issues

We've had no issues with deployment.

Stability Issues

It's definitely stable. We've had no issues with instability.

Scalability Issues

It's very scalable, which is the primary reason we use it.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Oracle's technical support is better than most, but it's not perfect. Obviously, when we open a ticket for support, it needs to get escalated a couple of times before we actually get an engineer who can really get down and help us. That's typical of the industry, so it's better than most, but not perfect.

Initial Setup

The complexity of the initial setup depends. The patch releases have been simple: you download, you install, and it works fine. There have been no issues that we've run into there. The major upgrades, however, I think with the new 12.102, they've made some changes in it, so we're still trying to figure that one out.

Other Advice

It's a great product, no doubt about it. Oracle did a good job on it and that's why they have a big market share. I think if you're starting from scratch, look for other alternatives. Investigate the alternatives to see if they can meet your needs.

Technically, it's almost flawless, I would say. There are bugs in it of course, but they are bugs that doesn't impact us as a company.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user517425 (Senior Consultant Database Security Engineer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees)

It's a great product, the most excellent feature is data reliability, availability and security. We've been an Oracle client for a decade.