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MahdiBahmani
Real User
Solution Architect, IT Consultant at Merdasco - Rayan Merdas Data Prosseccing
Jan 21 2020

What is most valuable?

I'm constantly looking for the best solution for protecting my data in data filters, and most are powerless in terms of protecting our Oracle database. The Oracle Replication Solutions and Oracle Data… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of my customer's sites was a database made with Data Guard specifically because of some issues that were on the network. We found we could switch to Oracle Data Guard and it took less than one… more»

What needs improvement?

Oracle is not easy to implement, and you cannot find clear documentation on the internet or, unfortunately, on the Oracle website. You have to do a lot of research yourself and spend a lot of time… more»

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

In some cases, some costumers chose to buy a lot of licenses to have software - at least at first. I'm not happy and okay with some policies of Oracle. In some cases, you have to pay extra money for… more»

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

We didn't previously use a different solution. We exclusively use Oracle products.

What other advice do I have?

Most of my projects are on-premise, and most of them are based on low-cost engineers and information on the internet. Right now, the cloud is really good if you change units. There is a direct… more»
Real User
Oracle DBA Customer Capacity Leader at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 06 2019

What is most valuable?

We chose this solution for the availability of the databases. Since we can't afford Oracle Grid, this is the best solution if you want something similar that's less… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Data Guard adds an extra layer of a high-availability platform. The database minimizes the outage of applications in case something goes wrong with the primary database… more»

What needs improvement?

A disadvantage is that the available disk space must be doubled. This is because Data Guard is made of two databases, one primary and one as a standby running permanently… more»

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

This is the best solution if you want something similar that's less expensive than Oracle Grid. We pay once per year.

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

Data Guard was already in place with this company.

What other advice do I have?

They could enhance their GUI or they should have a cloud control tool. They should have Data Guard tools in order to troubleshoot whenever there is a problem. There isn't… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We use a cluster for some customers instead of Data Guard, but it is a different concept. However, it is more or less the same.
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Osama Mustafa
Consultant
Cloud Expert | DevOps | Oracle Consultant at confidential
Jun 06 2019

What is most valuable?

We use the product for data recovery.

How has it helped my organization?

The monitor can predict if you have any issues or develop actions to find a solution for them.

What needs improvement?

There is always room for improvement. This product needs some improvement in administration. I would love to see something that makes monitoring much easier. The product needs some of the GUI tools so there is no need for all the long… more»

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

Oracle Data Guard is a free solution. When you apply for Enterprise Manager, it comes for free with the solution. When you apply an enterprise solution to a database, you have to pay. It depends on the connotation of the project and what… more»

What other advice do I have?

Keep monitoring. This is the problem with the product. You have to keep monitoring the system all the time, just to avoid the interruption from the archive mode. I am going to give Oracle Data Guard a seven out of ten. It still needs… more»
MahadevSoundalgekar
Real User
General Manager - IT at a Consumer Goods with 10,001+ employees
Dec 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the backup and restore. With this in place along with the clustering, the database is safe from hacking, hardware failure, power failures, and system crashes. If anything were to happen you can immediately recall your data and bring your production server back to business. It's flexible and easy to maintain because you are configuring your primary database and a… more»

What needs improvement?

When the data replicates into the standby database there is a possibility of having a microsecond amount of data loss. The data loss occurs when there is a network disconnection between the primary and secondary standby database located in the data centers or if there is a crash in the primary database. The data is generated on the primary database which is configured to the standby database to… more»

What other advice do I have?

This solution is for small to medium-sized businesses, who can't afford to have two data centers or two servers. Oracle Data Guard has many features to ensure that the database is in place. In case the primary database goes down or is corrupt in any way, you can recall the data immediately to restore the primary database. It's important to know that backup is in place at any given time. I would… more»
Real User
Lead Solution Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 24 2019

What is most valuable?

We only use this solution from a functionality point of view to provide software coverage, so I haven't seen any special functionalities yet. It just really provides recovery in case of a disaster. It also provides a really good product forecast, like what will happen after 2023.

What needs improvement?

It is a rather complex solution, so it could be more user-friendly.

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

It's a master of making money! If you want to have everything automated and done smoothly, you have to add additional licenses. They should have more standard licenses without us having to go for additional licenses to get full support. Regarding infrastructure, most of the time the additional costs… more»

What other advice do I have?

I don't really have any advice for other users, because we only use the solution's basic functionality for disaster recovery. Personally, I would advise others to avoid it due to its complexity. On a scale from one to ten, I rate this solution a seven. From a functionality point of view, I can't… more»
Real User
Computer Engineer at Nestle
Jul 30 2019

What is most valuable?

We like Oracle because the solution is very robust. It's also efficient for queries and is easy to scale.

What needs improvement?

The database administration needs improvement. With Oracle, we have a lot of features for administrating data, but it might be too many. It needs to be simplified. It should be automated. Looking at Enterprise Manager, there are too many KPIs in place. Directly on-site, we do not need to choose all… more»

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

The pricing of Oracle is average. It's not inexpensive but it's okay.

What other advice do I have?

Currently, we are using the on-premise version on the solution. I would rate this solution eight out of ten. I would recommend the solution because it is a good product and it's working fine. But I'm not sure if it's suitable for every consideration or any environment.
Sukesh Nair
Real User
Intersystem Manager at Interplast
Aug 22 2019

What needs improvement?

Once you get used to it, you get to know what to do when certain things happen. However, for a person who's just jumping into it, the management of it and how to implement it probably would be something that could be improved upon. The GUI could be better.

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

We previously used an SQL server.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. I would rate the solution eight out of ten. I'd rate it higher if the GUI was better, but it's a very stable solution. For disaster recovery, I think this is one of the best native Oracle products that you could use, provided you have the Enterprise edition.
Abd El Mahfouz
Real User
CTO at National Research Center, Egypt
Mar 05 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution is quite complete. The entire package, and all the features that come with it, is very good.

What needs improvement?

The pricing of the solution is quite high. They should do what they can to bring it down so that it is more reasonable for customers like us. The response times for technical support can be quite slow. They should work to lower these wait times so there are fewer delays in assistance.

What other advice do I have?

We're Oracle partners. We've worked with databases 11G and 12C. If a company is planning to implement Oracle solutions, I would suggest they also implement Data Guard. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten.

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What is Oracle Data Guard?

Oracle Data Guard ensures high availability, data protection, and disaster recovery for enterprise data. Data Guard provides a comprehensive set of services that create, maintain, manage, and monitor one or more standby databases to enable production Oracle databases to survive disasters and data corruptions. Data Guard can be used with traditional backup, restoration, and cluster techniques to provide a high level of data protection and data availability.

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