Oracle Database Review

It allows us to support large applications and to also tune them properly.

Valuable Features

For us, the most valuable features of Database have been its robustness, reliability, and the fact that it's highly tuneable.

Improvements to My Organization

It also allows us to support large applications and to also tune them properly. Database really provides us with great performance and stability.

Room for Improvement

I really wish that Oracle had included pluggable databases in the 12c Enterprise Edition. I can understand not putting it into the Standard Edition, but it should be included in the Enterprise Edition at no additional cost.

My other gripe is their licensing practices of the database engine. If I run a VMware infrastructure, and a lot of people do, Oracle makes me pay for licenses for the entire farm. It's very expensive and I don't think it's fair that they'd charge for it.

Use of Solution

I've been using Oracle Database for twenty-five years.

Deployment Issues

We've had no issues with deployment.

Stability Issues

It's way better now than it used to be, but, yes, it is very stable. All of our large applications use Database because of its stability.

Scalability Issues

The scalability of Database is good. I do have to say, however, that SQL Server for the Database engine is better if you want to run a bunch of small databases. My gripe about 12c is that they will make you pay extra for it even if you've already licensed Enterprise Edition. Also, it's not as easy to tune the pluggables because the underlying infrastructure is non-tuneable. Whereas with SQL Server, there's a little more flexibility. I run both engines: my SQL Server databases are for my little stovepipe stuff and my Oracle Database is for my big, enterprise-level stuff.

Customer Service and Technical Support

In my experience, technical support is really good, as well as the knowledge base. With the KB, I'm usually able to find the answers myself. And, Oracle has automated it to the point where it's very intuitive and helpful. I would, however, like to be able to call someone if needed like I used to. I remember having to wait for long period of time, but it's nice to talk to a person who can help.

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