What is most valuable?
Container Databases (CDBs) help reduce server sprawl and manage resources in a much better way. It's a feature that consolidates all your application data with Oracle database metadata, still keeping a strict role to manage each of them respectively. With the CDBs, it's become easy to deploy, clone and administer Oracle databases.
Application Continuity simply helps application to be highly available by doing a lot fewer application code changes.
How has it helped my organization?
It helped consolidate most of our database servers, and saved annual maintenance costs of up to 23% on physical servers.
What needs improvement?
Oracle could provide a few extra features as part of the standard offering in their main license.
For how long have I used the solution?
I have used it for a few years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
It depends on the kind of database solution you are applying, but I have not yet encountered any stability issues.
How is customer service and technical support?
10/10 MOS Support is actually something you can heavily rely on. Technical Support
Technical support is 9/10, very proactive and very helpful.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
Use licensing with caution, read the fine print. :) ?This is an important point and usually it's not skipped by the companies paying for the license. Nonetheless, Oracle supports your applications and database only if Oracle has certified the ?hardware and software that the companies have used to build and deploy their applications and databases on; which basically means that you have to use industry-standard hardware and software.
It is possible that your hardware is not supported or has been desupported for a specific version of the Oracle product, so just remember to read the fine print before you deploy your applications.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
MS SQL Server was also under consideration, but we had more Oracle DBA's to work with and Oracle’s training requirements were also more favorable.
Which version of this solution are you currently using?