Oracle Database Competitors and Alternatives

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Md Al-Amin
Senior System Analyst at Thakral
MSP
Sep 18, 2020
Almost maintenance-free and less expensive, but lacking in the area of development tools and resources

What is our primary use case?

The primary uses for this product have to do with the card management system for banks. We are working mostly in the financial sector and banking sector, so there are some card management systems there that we often work with. There are some databases for which we see value in using Db2, so we are working with this solution.

Pros and Cons

  • "it is very stable and runs smoothly once it is deployed and it is almost maintenance-free."
  • "The technical support team is not very good when compared to the efficiency of Oracle's support."
  • "The application development requires a Java developer and not every company has these resources."

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I would rate IBM Db2 Database as a seven-out-of-ten. Most of the time recommending Db2 is harder than recommending Oracle because of the situation in our country. Whenever I propose Db2 to a customer, the customer will ask what they need to have to develop applications on Db2. I have to say to them that they need to have a Java developer to work on that. If the customer already has some Oracle databases, this makes introducing Db2 even more difficult because they already have the resources for Oracle development…
reviewer1389651
Certified Adjunct Faculty, School of Engineering and Computing at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Jul 27, 2020
Stable with a straightforward setup and the capability to scale

What is our primary use case?

In my role as faculty, I would use it to facilitate having a database with all the teachers needed that are equivalent to Oracle as a database for a small scale project.

Pros and Cons

  • "It helps with moving the design of the database into reality."
  • "The product overall would benefit from the addition of better tutorials to help master the skills necessary to actually build a project database. Right now, what is available isn't sufficient."

What other advice do I have?

In August of last summer, we updated to the latest version of the solution. At least, at that time, it was the latest version. What the school does in its academics is make a minimum training available for students who want to use it. They can learn how. Now we're all online. I do not know if the University has SQL Server as the backend for any of its regular production databases. I think it only is a database for students to choose when they need one for a project. I don't think it has extensive utilization. And in the teaching involved for online learning, I would probably express very…
NareshMote
Data Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Jun 30, 2020
A great open-source product that offers great scalability and compatibility

Pros and Cons

  • "MySQL is open-source. There are a lot of open-source communities trying to come up with their own patches, and to come up with their own features, which help MySQL develop faster than traditional databases like Oracle, which is closed source."
  • "They should come up with a better solution than the NDB cluster for better scaling. If they could come up with a better solution for write scaling, apart from the NDB cluster, which is supported by all open source communities, that would be great. Although the NDB cluster, I believe, is an open-source tool, it's not widely supported as a solution."

What other advice do I have?

We are using MySQL 5.6, 5.7, and MySQL 8.0. In terms of advice, I'd say when implementing MySQL, if a company has been using any previous relational database, like Oracle, Microsoft SQL or DB2, the easiest way to migrate from any database is from Oracle to MySQL. There'll be some challenges from Microsoft SQL, as well as from DB2 to MySQL. Any existing application which is working with the Oracle database as a backend database, DB2 database as a backend database, or Microsoft as the backend database, they will still work fine with MySQL. MySQL is a product supported by a lot of applications…
JongGun Shin
Oracle ACE, DBA at Goodus,inc
Real User
Top 20
Oct 13, 2020
User friendly with a good interface but very expensive

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution as an email database.

Pros and Cons

  • "The application development is very user-friendly."
  • "The pricing could be improved. It would ideal if it was more reasonable."

What other advice do I have?

We're Oracle partners. We've been partners with Oracle for a long time. Our IT department first changed from on-premises to cloud. Our clients seem to like a hybrid deployment model. Now they are considering looking for other solutions that may not be as expensive or may even be open-source. I'm not really a database expert. My understanding is that some customers want to make a product from the portal website using the In-Memory DB. Others tend to want to migrate from an Oracle In-Memory database to another email database. It's difficult when users want to migrate off of Oracle or simply to…
Pei QING
Manager at Sansi Electronic Engineering
Real User
Top 20
Sep 30, 2020
Easy to set up and works well with little configuration

What is our primary use case?

Our software development team uses MariaDB and other databases as the storage facility for some of our applications.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is that it uses multiple cores, which is better than some of the other databases."
  • "When we have had issues with accidental computer shutdown or a power outage, our MariaDB database was corrupted."

What other advice do I have?

I think that for a small team of fewer than ten people, such as a couple of developers, MariaDB is a very easy start. When the team size grows or when the complexity of the application grows, you might need to try other options such as Ingres or MySQL. In our case, at the very beginning, MariaDB covered almost every technical requirement for releasing version one of our application. It is definitely a good start. Once the product has grown to a point where the developers know in which aspect MariaDB does not fulfill the requirements, then it's time to find a better match. At this point, I…
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