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Rita Nuñez
Real User
CEO at Tecnix Solutions
Feb 25 2018

What is most valuable?

If you have a problem with your primary site and can't access your primary database, you can continue working with the database that you have as standby on the other site, by changing its role to primary. Another valuable feature is the possibility of backing up the database from the standby database instead of the primary database, to avoid backup process overhead in the primary system. Active… more»

What needs improvement?

I think it would be great to have a graphical interface assistant (like DBCA, ASMCA, NETCA, etc.) for initial configuration, monitoring, configuring Oracle Data Guard Broker and all the Data Guard Broker commands, without needing Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control installed.

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

Oracle Data Guard is a feature available only in Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, and is available for extra cost.
Vendor
Tech Lead Oracle DBA / SME
Aug 17 2017

What is most valuable?

The Active Data Guard and Fast-Start Failover features are excellent. The Active Data Guard helps in providing read only data for reporting purposes. The Fast-Start… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I've implemented these features in several projects.

What needs improvement?

Oracle Data Guard is part of the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition. Oracle Corporation has provided features in Data Guard for its new Database version Oracle 12c.

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

The Oracle Data Guard is part of the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, there is no extra licensing cost for the software. However, there is a hardware cost for the… more»

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

If the Database SLA is much higher than Oracle RAC, it is a better product than Data Guard.

What other advice do I have?

It's a simple replication solution for small businesses.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The only other product is Oracle RAC which is very expensive for small businesses as it involves software for clustering, hardware for networking and larger SAN… more»
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Vendor
Oracle DBA at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 21 2017

What do you think of Oracle Data Guard?

What is most valuable?

Provides an active data guard.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better failover.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for five years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There were no scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: I would give customer service a rating of 7/10. Technical Support: I would give technical support a rating of 7/10.

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

We did not evaluate another solution.

What about the implementation team?

We did not implement through a vendor team.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options.
Vendor
Director of Technical Operations - Storage, Databases & Business Intelligence at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 09 2017

What do you think of Oracle Data Guard?

What is most valuable?

This is one of the most stable products to support critical DR sites.

How has it helped my organization?

It provides us with online replication.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see replication/fail-over sites.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this for over five years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There were not many deployment issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were not many stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We sometimes had scalability issues with read only.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: I would give customer service a rating of 8/10. Technical Support: I would give…
Vendor
Business Analyst at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 25 2017

What is most valuable?

We use it for backing up our data, so from the standby instance.

What needs improvement?

Data Guard has been around for a very long time and a lot of big companies are using it. I don't see that it needs any improvement or anything like that. I think it's pretty solid.

What other advice do I have?

It’s the backbone. Nobody interacts with it, it's only the DBAs who use it I think. Once you set it up it's pretty much done. You don't deal with it on a daily basis. Maybe not all products are up to the speed or like any product you take, there is space to improve. I think for our company, the way we use it, we are very happy with it and the end customer is very happy with it.
Vendor
Manager Database Administration at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jul 05 2016

What is most valuable?

I have found its switchover functionality to be most useful using which you can perform disaster recovery within no time. Its feature of FAL is also pretty useful that helps to keep both sites (primary and standby) synchronized. Logical standby database is also a pretty handy feature for reporting purposes.

How has it helped my organization?

Active Data Guard has helped us a lot in achieving the real time reporting by offloading our heavy reports from Production to Standby database.

What needs improvement?

Limited functionality to exclude any schema/table from replication would be helpful. Currently Data Guard replicates whatever DML operation is performed on primary database is replicated to standby database as it is. To improve it bit further, if Oracle can provide some kind of feature in which user can select any schema or 5-10 collection to tables in some schema that user doesn't want to… more»

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.

Also known as
Active Data Guard
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