Oracle Database Review

For me as a DBA, the most important features are the partitioning option, active data guard, and security options.


What is most valuable?

For me as a DBA, the most important features are the partitioning option, active data guard, and security options. All of these are very useful for my daily workflow.

How has it helped my organization?

Oracle Database is the core of our enterprise information system, which I maintain.

What needs improvement?

I think Oracle 12c has a lot of new functionality that has never been in the previous versions I work with, 8i to 11g, for example, master-slave architecture where you can plug and run multiple databases from a single master database as well as the ability to create a container database (CDB) that contains all the Oracle-level data and data dictionary.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it since 2000, so more than 15 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

All the issues I dealt with during deployment have been related to other applications and not the Database itself. All of the issues were fixed by programmers during the deployment and test implementation phases.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

All the issues I dealt with in regards to instability have been related to other applications and not the Database itself. All of the issues were fixed by programmers during the deployment and test implementation phases.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

All the issues I dealt with in scaling it have been related to other applications and not the Database itself. All of the issues were fixed by programmers during the deployment and test implementation phases.

How are customer service and technical support?

Oracle has an excellent knowledge base and, using this, I fixed over 90% of issues myself.

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

I have experience with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2012, but my main activity is Oracle RDBMS.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup steps are very straightforward and clearly set out in the documentation.

What about the implementation team?

I have experience with implementation both through a vendor team and in-house. I would strongly recommend to have a very clear understanding of how an applied system works because the most issues you will have to deal with are with the applied logic, and not with the Database itself.

What was our ROI?

It depends on applied information system and what kind of RDBMS features and options have been used by your development team or by the vendor.

What other advice do I have?

If you want to have a high-performing, stable, secure, and scalable system, you will choose Oracle Database.


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

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