Most Helpful Review
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
We use the relational databases for government contracts.
I really appreciate the performance of Oracle. When using AWR records you can really see where a problem is. You can get advice about which queries are the heaviest for the database. You also can see advice for indexes. If an index isn't used, then you can just remove it to improve performance. This is a really good feature. Also, the JDBC connection is quite good. Finally, the object types are really good, the types of tables you can use in PL/SQL are also really helpful.
Using the product, we make less mistakes, are more organized and faster than if we did it any another way.
Compared to other databases, Oracle Database is very simple to manage in terms of the database itself.
It stores a lot of data in a short time.
It is flexible, scalable, and a true Enterprise RDBMS.
High availability using real application clusters.
It gives DB consistency, supports disaster recovery (DR), is tunable, and handles large DB sizes.
I have experience with this product for many years. I never have problems with it. It can handle a PC, and it can also handle huge data. It is fast and efficient.
This solution has proven stability and operational power.
Tuning Advisor suggests where to add indexes and from where to remove them. It works like an adviser.
SQL Server Profiler makes finding and debugging easy.
I use it to fine tune my procedures and functions.
Enables us to convert to bigger DBs and more easily move or upgrade between branches.
Without any doubt the Integration Services and Analysis Services are the most widely used. These are the basis for data quality, data gathering, ETL process, as well as collation for the data warehouse, Cube-generation, and ad-hoc processes. The ease in which you may mold a process flow or even modularly add in new structures is something which is much needed in my job.
It's a very capable, efficient, price-performant OLAP server.
It is expensive.
There are a lot of bugs in the Oracle Database, and it would be better if the bugs would be solved more quickly than they are today.
In general, the support is not good since most of the time the person whom you are given to is not so professional.
Integration with big data would be helpful since we are planning to load a lot of big data.
A lot of features have bugs or choose the wrong way to process data.
Auditing could be improved, especially granular auditing. The unified audit trail in 12c is great, however its extraction in a highly busy environment is quite a challenge.
The compression does not give much value-add or provide performance benefits as was highlighted.
Cloud installations using Oracle are not supported by SAP.
It would be nice if there was a feature to search for a specific value across multiple tables. This would save a lot of time for its users.
Improvements to the indexing, columnstore indexing, and high availability groups are good improvements for future versions.
Third-party services from Redgate should be built-in to it, like SQL Search.
Debugging from the debugger tool functionality should be enhanced.
From a DB administrator perspective, I would like to see more space requirements and space capacity history, so that we are able to see which DBs are growing, and by how much per day or week.
An area for improvement would be the SQL Server process monitoring, which is quite basic and could sustain more information.
The only item which I can list is application failure during Integration Services debugging, when restarting a process flow. In a number of instances the solutions fails. I have not given this much thought and simply stop and start the debugging service rather than restarting.
The web interface and the command line interface could be better so we could manage and build some things around an API. If we could build our own solution, our own interface, and then manage the solution through that open API, that would be better.
Pricing and Cost Advice
It is an excellent product, as long as the organization can afford the price tag.
The price is very expensive for the support.
The main issue where I feel that Oracle still has a problem is with the licensing. Licensing is still expensive and the reason why today most startups use other, cheaper databases. Those other databases are much less sophisticated than Oracle.
The license cost need to be optimized. The licensing cost is very high compared to other RDBMS.
Be prepared to pay for consulting services, and do not underestimate the time required to find and hire good quality database administrators.
The setup cost is high, but it will return every penny.
My advice is quite straightforward. If you know the number of users who really and truly need access to the Server then it is a no-brainer. If you do not know, then get the basic package and minimum licenses and start from there. Needless to say, users can develop/use data structures outside and then deploy onto the Server.
The price has been going higher and higher. The market is quite price sensitive.
This is a downside of enterprise Microsoft products.
Currently, almost all of my machines are in Azure and I think it is the best way of licensing now (VM+software).
We are a Microsoft shop, so we use Active Directory. That integrates well with this product, but we did look at Oracle. We also looked at IBM. This was the best price point for us for what we were getting.
It has the easiest licensing.
The free version is cumbersome to use and maintain. But $5000 for a licence is more expense than the benefit I would get from a licensed version. A licence might be worth the price to simplify management and speed up searches.
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Also Known As
|Oracle 12c, RDBMS||Microsoft SQL Server, MSSQL, MS SQL|
Oracle Database 12c introduces a new multitenant architecture that makes it easy to consolidate many databases quickly and manage them as a cloud service. Oracle Database 12c also includes in-memory data processing capabilities for breakthrough analytical performance. Additional database innovations deliver new levels of efficiency, performance, security, and availability. Oracle Database 12c comes in two editions to fit your business needs and budget: Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition 2.
For more information on Oracle RDBMS, visit Oracle.com
SQL Server is the Microsoft-driven relational database management system. This system is used to store data as well as retrieve it when necessary; these functions can be supported by individual users or by multiple users within a larger network. The Microsoft SQL Server has warehousing options, quality and integration services, management tools that are simple to implement, as well as robust tools for development.
Looking at the more technical end of things, Microsoft SQL Server uses query languages such as T-SQL and ANSI SQL. Disaster recovery is one of the product's most prominent features, in addition to in-memory performance, scalability, and corporate business intelligence capabilities.
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