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Maurice Aelion
Real User
Senior DBA & IT Consultant at MA Consulting
Jun 28 2018

What is most valuable?

Oracle is one of the most advanced systems when compared with other databases in the market. Oracle has the ability to combine all the sophisticated architectures that we… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It fits any kind of model that we would like to incorporate in our organization, whether it's a data warehouse, implementing data models, CRMs, or online application… more»

What needs improvement?

Oracle is going now to what we call autonomous databases. Personally, I don’t believe in autonomous databases that will manage themselves. It might be that in the cloud… more»

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

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We didn’t switch. Oracle has always been a leader in the field of relational databases. Today, in Israel especially, all the finest companies have their major databases in… more»

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor, the most important thing is that they have people who know the business. We have some databases, for example, for which it is very rare to find a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Osama Mustafa
Consultant
Cloud Expert | DevOps | Oracle Consultant at confidential
Apr 17 2019

What is most valuable?

* The most valuable feature for me is the pluggable database because it provides database consolidation and the solution for utilizing your resource. On the other hand, I find security products that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Talking about this will be unfair because regarding my experience (which is on related services), Oracle Database improved client solution by discussing what they want first, and then finding what… more»

What needs improvement?

The additional features that should be included in the database: I would like to see improvements for database security products.

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

The cost of Oracle Database is so high if you compare it to other vendors. Therefore you have to study your solution and know exactly which features you want; this will minimize the cost and licensing… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Yes, I used a different solution. The migration was to Oracle because we had to find the best for the client. It was a production database, and we needed 24/7 HA which other databases provided, but… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, I worked on SQL Server, MongoDB, MySQL, and MariaDB.
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Robert Houben
Real User
Technical Project Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 18 2018

What is most valuable?

RAC clustering allowed us to improve performance and provided additional redundancy. In general, the enterprise-grade features of Oracle are second to none.

How has it helped my organization?

Switching to Oracle significantly increased stability of the application, and enabled ongoing growth of the application's data. It also provided better insight and… more»

What needs improvement?

In the case noted above, the converted legacy data was stored as XML. The 11gR2 version we converted to stored it as a Character Large OBject (CLOB). The next version of… more»

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

Be prepared to pay for consulting services, and do not underestimate the time required to find and hire good quality database administrators. Also, carefully evaluate your… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The previous solution was a non-relational multi-valued database called jBASE. The database size was exceeding the application vendor's recommended maximum for that… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do a couple dry runs do thorough testing to ensure that everything will work as expected.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In addition to Oracle, we evaluated SQL Server and DB2.
Real User
Security Specialist at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
Aug 18 2019

What is most valuable?

The feature I find most valuable about this solution is reliability. Whenever there was a problem, like hardware that failed, the data was still okay and not corrupted and that is very important for us. I am also really impressed by the… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see an improvement in the upgrade process. Sometimes it's very complicated to upgrade from one version to another. We are currently running the Oracle version 12 and we may need to upgrade in the future. These upgrades are… more»

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

Oracle is expensive, but very good. You get quality for the price you pay.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We are using Oracle mostly for digital business data. But we are also running Microsoft SQL, mostly for simpler, small applications. Microsoft SQL is also a good database and our company's second alternative for SQL data storage. As a… more»

What other advice do I have?

The enterprise Oracle Manager is very good. It is an expensive solution, so I will rate this product a nine out of ten.
Real User
Lead Database Developer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Oct 07 2018

What is most valuable?

* 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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Oracle Database is really good for a distributed system and the scalability is really good. We use it for a large amount of data and it gives us good performance. For really complex, distributed… more»

What needs improvement?

Its performance could always be better and better but, other than that, I can't think of any additional features I would like to see.

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

It's not really good from the pricing point of view.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not have a previous solution, as far as I know.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Oracle Database if you have enough money and you need a big, stable system in which performance is important. We are starting to think about other solutions because of money and… more»
User
DBA at CSG
Nov 22 2017

What is most valuable?

The most important features are container and pluggable database. Now we have more control on the resource level, resource planning, where we can segregate our application based on the pluggable database and utilize the resources better.

How has it helped my organization?

The hardware cost and the maintenance cost, because we don't need to buy multiple servers. We don't need to engage so many DBAs. Instead we can put multiple databases in one container database.

What needs improvement?

Stability features should be there. And the performance, we are not expecting better performance as of now. They must include bug fixes and release a better version of their 12c Database.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to check the application side, what applications they are going to attach to Oracle Database. Make sure the applications are fully compatible with the Oracle Database.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have been with Oracle Database for a long time. Our products are stable on Oracle Database except some performance issues.
David Gubly
Real User
DBA Team Leader at Hadassah Hospital
Jul 01 2018

What is most valuable?

* Stability * Name recognition of the database in the world, as it is maybe the best one.

How has it helped my organization?

Using the product, we make less mistakes, are more organized and faster than if we did it any another way.

What needs improvement?

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. The bugs could be anything. They could be related to any problem… more»

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

The price is very expensive for the support.

What other advice do I have?

Oracle has a very good database, but it is very expensive today, and there are a lot of competitors. Main criteria for selecting a vendor: * Name * Release of new versions * Stability.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When I started to work at my company, they were already working with Oracle Database.
Consultant
DBA Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 22 2017

What is most valuable?

The best thing about Oracle Database is its being a relational database. There is no other database that can meet the benefits it provides. The data retrieval and access are the main keys, the best features within Oracle.

How has it helped my organization?

I'm a technical guy so how I look at data is, it needs to be accessed quickly, preserved safe and secure. Basically, the product should give you peace of mind within the corporation. There shouldn't be any worries as such. It facilitates a… more»

What needs improvement?

The only major thing that we see right now is the downtime. Whenever there is an upgrade, whenever there is planned, scheduled maintenance, the downtime could be a huge impact for the business itself. That is where other companies are… more»

What other advice do I have?

Even though it is really expensive compared to other databases, like SQL and other non-SQL databases out there, Oracle has been like a monopoly. They are very high, premium. Still, consumers want to use it because it meets customers' needs… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I'm pretty new to working here at PayPal. But they have had Oracle for so many years. And so many companies that I've worked for in the past, like Best Buy, Cargill, Cisco, all these companies have Oracle at a very large scale.
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What is Oracle Database?

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

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