Oracle Database Review

It increased operational efficiency manifold, as it offers lot of features automating operations, and faster failover mechanisms.


What is most valuable?

  • Online RMAN backup & restoration
  • Active High Availability i.e. real application cluster
  • Disaster recovery solution (physical and logical standby)

How has it helped my organization?

It increased operational efficiency manifold, as it offers lot of features automating operations, and faster failover mechanisms (i.e. almost zero data loss) with smaller RTO and RPO, helping Business Continuity.

What needs improvement?

It’s easy to find performance bottlenecks, I would prefer it to have a faster read time performance, especially considering read performance of NoSQL systems nowadays.

For how long have I used the solution?

I’ve used it for seven years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There were no issues with the deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've experienced no issues with performance.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's been able to scale for our needs.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their tech support it good.

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

Oracle Database was found to be the most mature solution, in terms of features it offers. Hence, we chose this.

How was the initial setup?

I would rate it mediocre, as it requires knowledge of operating systems and servers. Some people find it difficult due to the lack of OS knowledge.

What about the implementation team?

We did it in-house. You need to do your homework, and read the standard documents thoroughly before proceeding with setup.

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

It is on the higher side, so it’s better for big enterprises. However, small and medium business can explore cheaper versions of the same product, which doesn’t offer all benefits of the enterprise version, but it will still be good enough compared to almost any other database solution.

What other advice do I have?

Although it’s easy to operate, it needs expert hands, as it is different, and in fact better with a lot of features, compared to cheaper alternatives. So, good skills should be deployed to effectively use the features of the product for a better ROI.

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