Oracle Database Reviews

Oracle Database is the #2 ranked solution of our top Relational Databases tools. It's rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to SQL Server - Oracle Database vs SQL Server

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Emmanuel Morka
Real User
Head, Database Administrators at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated
Jul 21 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution has been around for a long time, so it's very mature. We've used various versions, from 8 to 12 c. The RDBM has a strong reputation. The solution is able to run on different types of machines, from IBM AIX to UNIX. The solution… more »

What needs improvement?

The solution can be quite expensive for small and medium-sized enterprises. Not too many companies can actually afford the pricing. The way it is designed, there are a lot of constraints on the solution. Everything doesn't just happen at… more »

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

This solution is definitely geared towards larger enterprises. It's quite expensive.

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

I've worked with other databases in the past. In terms of the ruggedness of the database, especially in relational databases, I find Oracle design very strong. I want to believe that so many of the other databases that started coming up… more »

What other advice do I have?

Currently, we're using the 12c version fo the solution and we're migrating over to the 18c version soon. We're mostly using the on-premises versions, however, we're likely to migrate over to the cloud in the future. Having used other… more »
Craig Domanski
Real User
Infrastructure Manager at Lactanet
Jun 25 2020

What is most valuable?

The reliability is the solution's most valuable feature. We've had great success with the solution. The ability to do all the programming we need in one solution is great… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The reliability and the ability to store all the information we need is how it helps us the most. I don't know the metrics of the top of my head, I just know it works. We… more »

What needs improvement?

The main thing we find could use improvement is the licensing costs. It is quite expensive relative to other database vendors. Cost always comes up as an issue for us as… more »

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

Our licensing costs are between $40,000 and $50,000 per year. Those are the costs that cover maintenance and licensing. We have an enterprise edition. We pay extra for… more »

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

We haven't gone anywhere else and tried any other database software. We did previously use IBM's Mainframe 20 years ago. The reason why we switched was because we were… more »

What other advice do I have?

We started using version 7 of Oracle, and now, after so many years on the product, we are up to version 12. We have six different main production databases that we use for… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate different databases, including IBM's Db2. And that was it at the time. Microsoft didn't exist back then for databases.
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Real User
Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jul 26 2020

What is most valuable?

Oracle is simply a reliable data warehouse for us.

What needs improvement?

Our Oracle database is very expensive, so probably the cost is an area that can be improved. The cost of the product. The actual features that might need to be improved is a question that is better… more »

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

I am not exactly sure of the precise cost, but I do know that the cost of the product is very expensive compared to some other solutions. Even though we are in a third world country, we do not enjoy… more »

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

We have been using this Oracle solution from the time that I arrived at this company so there has not been any other product in use.

What other advice do I have?

The advice I have for other people considering this solution is that if they have money then they should go for it. We do not experience performance issues or trouble with throughput. It is probably a… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As far as I am aware this is the only product that was considered because of its reputation and performance.
Arief Gunawan
Real User
Salesforce Technical Consultant at Metrodata Electronics Tbk PT
Jul 20 2020

What is most valuable?

The best feature on Oracle Database is the Data Guard. It's great if you want to build some sort of disaster recovery solution. ARC is one of the best features. It's quite simple and flexible. It… more »

What needs improvement?

Oracle needs to improve its cluster technologies. They need to improve in the cluster technology using ARC due to the fact that sometimes people think that they have a redundant server when they are… more »

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

When people talk about Oracle, especially Database, most of them mention that Oracle is an expensive product. However, if it's suitable or not or if it really is "expensive" depends on their… more »

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

We previously used MySQL, although that too is an Oracle solution. It's part of our portfolio alongside Oracle DB.

What other advice do I have?

We are an Oracle Platinum Partner. I'd first advise any company considering Oracle to learn the benefits first before they talk about the pricing. We like to do an assessment with the customer right… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In our market, there are a lot of open-source products like EnterpriseDB. There are also commercial products like PostgreSQL. With Postgre you have to have MySQL with it right now. If a customer… more »
Real User
Systems Analyst at a logistics company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 24 2020

What is most valuable?

We are only really utilizing the solution for database purposes and only taking the database for backup purposes, on a daily basis. The database and getting the required data on the database have been very helpful. It's easy to use, it's… more »

What needs improvement?

It all depends on the requirements we have. Right now, it's fulfilling our current ERP requirements. We don't really find that any features are lacking.

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

We're just a customer and we have the licensed product. We are continuously updating the license on an annual basis. It's a standard license, with a worldwide standard licensing cost for Oracle that we are paying. The fees are at about 22%.

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

It's my understanding that we've always used Oracle. I can't recall if there was something before that was used.

What other advice do I have?

It's a very good product. I'd recommend it. It's very robust. It's scalable. On side of security, it's a very secure product. And support is available from Oracle via their local partners. We are already very satisfied with this product and… more »
Consultant
Consultant at a recruiting/HR firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 06 2020

What is most valuable?

The best feature of the solution is the capability of running extreme processes for database processing requirements. From a database product perspective, I would say, they're good in what they provide. There's not much concern.

What needs improvement?

For our organization, the price is the main factor that needs improvement. They charge you exorbitantly for a license, and, I would say, they are not doing justice to today's industry requirements when it comes to a pricing model. They talk about cloud hybrid on-prem solutions, and they tell you… more »

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

The licensing costs are very high. We feel the solution is price gouging its customers. The solution has a standard license, which is different from an enterprise license. If you need the encryption feature, you need to go up to enterprise licensing which has a whole lot of other features that you… more »

What other advice do I have?

I'm not reselling this product. I'm using this for designing my own product, and I'm giving it as a solution to my customer. If I need to work out pricing for my customer, there may be my own raw materials that come into play. The raw materials that come into play should be considered in order to… more »
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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
Ricardo Tinga
Real User
Head of IT Division at Industrial Property Institute
Jun 17 2020

What is most valuable?

One of the best aspects of the solution is that it is very easy to use. In my opinion, for how I use it, I find it quite straightforward.

What needs improvement?

Occasionally I do have some technical issues. However, there are very good communities that can help solve problems, so It's not too bad. It could be slightly more intuitive, but other than that, we really like it as a solution. For our… more »

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

I don't deal with the accounting, so I can't speak to the pricing of the solution.

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

We did previously use a different solution, however it was associated with a company that gave us the software and when they switched to Oracle, we, by default, did as well.

What other advice do I have?

We're not an Oracle partner. We're just a customer. We're quite comfortable with this solution at the moment. It provides us with everything we need. I'd highly recommend Oracle Database to other companies and users. We haven't had any… more »
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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

Also known as
Oracle 12c, RDBMS
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