Oracle Database Review

The most valuable features for us are its capability and reliability. It's dependable, rarely going down or exhibiting instabilities.


Valuable Features

The most valuable features for us are its capability and reliability. It's the best performing database solution I've used, and it's dependable, rarely going down or exhibiting instabilities.

Improvements to My Organization

We have a lot of applications that are critical to our business running on Oracle Database. I think it's pretty feature rich, although we don't use all of the features that are available. It's a very solid platform for applications, giving us confidence in the data it maintains and our access to it.

Room for Improvement

There are so many applications that run with Oracle Database that it's difficult getting our various IT personnel to get tested and certified for it. It's like herding cats. And although the upgrades are not technically difficult, it is difficult to manage all the applications and the people who work with it.

Use of Solution

We're mostly on version 11.2.0.4. We've played just a little bit with version 12.

Deployment Issues

We've had no issues with deployment.

Stability Issues

It's very solid. We've had no issues with Oracle DB being unstable. Again, its reliability is one of the best features for us.

Scalability Issues

We have not had to scale it to a great degree, but we've had no real issues with capacity and we have confidence that Oracle DB will scale as needed.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Technical support is generally quite good. We've been overall very satisfied with Oracle's support.

Initial Setup

I was involved in the setup of it 25 years ago and it was a transition to Unix at the time. I can't say it was that straightforward, but It was also not unexpectedly complicated.

Implementation Team

We generally do a major Oracle version upgrade every year or two and do a major patch upgrade at least once a year if we don't do a major version upgrade. We do upgrades in-house.

Other Advice

I've seen that things are evolving very fast since we first installed Oracle DB 25 years ago and since I've been a DBA for the last 30 years. We've got a lot of expertise in database administration. Honestly, that's being de-emphasized by the cloud offerings for the whole data center. Having people look at rack hardware and install the operating system is being de-emphasized. I think somebody starting out, if they are a not a big operation, they ought to look seriously at using the cloud as an alternative to having to support a lot of IT functions in-house.

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