Quest SharePlex Overview

Quest SharePlex is the #5 ranked solution in our list of top Database Development and Management tools. It is most often compared to Oracle GoldenGate: Quest SharePlex vs Oracle GoldenGate

What is Quest SharePlex?

SharePlex database replication empowers your organization to achieve its database goals now and into the future. Make use of built-in monitoring, conflict resolution, data comparison and synchronization capabilities backed by award-winning support.

Quest SharePlex is also known as Dell SharePlex, SharePlex.

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What users are saying about Quest SharePlex pricing:
  • "It's really good value for the money. There are some things they could improve on, but in terms of the pricing, features, and support, as a holistic package, we are not thinking of anything else at this point in time."
  • "It is not as expensive as Oracle GoldenGate and has worked really well within our budgets."

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Sr. Oracle DBA at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Real-time replication means our data is available almost instantaneously if an issue occurs in one of our data centers

What is our primary use case?

Our application is hosted in multiple data centers and we primarily use SharePlex for keeping the data replicated from one data center to the other. We use it for business continuity, so that if we run into any issues in the primary data center where the application is currently hosted, with SharePlex we are in a position to switch over to the secondary data center, to do a failover, pretty much in real time. We have Cisco UCS servers where we have our Oracle Databases running with Linux version 7. These are standalone databases, but I've been a part of a different business unit in our company… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Because of the volume of the transactions, we heavily use a feature that allows SharePlex to replicate thousands of transactions. It's called PEP, Post Enhancement Performance, and that has helped us scale tremendously."
  • "I would like the solution to have some kind of machine learning and AI capabilities. Often, if we want to improve the performance of posting, we have to bump up a parameter. That means we need to stop the process, come up with a figure that we want to bump the parameter up to, and then start SharePlex. Machine learning and AI capabilities for these kinds of improvement would tremendously help boost productivity for us."

What other advice do I have?

It's very simple to use and to install and the support they provide helps with the return on investment. It helps you achieve high availability for your applications. We haven't used SharePlex for upgrades and migrations simply because, having replicated the data to our other data center, we can bring down the data center where we want to do the upgrade or the migration, and have the data backlogged in the other data center. When we are done with the upgrade, we just get the data posted, in SharePlex terms. I would highly recommend SharePlex for beginners or even for people who are evaluating…
Architect, Database Administration at Maximus
MSP
Top 5
Excellent replication with good stability and very helpful support

What is our primary use case?

We use Quest SharePlex for a specific reason. We are migrating from on-premise to cloud. SharePlex is a replication service. We are using it to do the migration of our databases to AWS Cloud. Once everything is migrated, then we won't be using the solution. We have small to very large databases in terms of size. We were looking at a solution where we could cut down the migration window. We wanted to cut down the outage window and reduce the overall cost of migration to the cloud. For example, if there was a very large amount of data, e.g., five or 10 terabytes, and we were trying to migrate… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "There are some capabilities within SharePlex where you can see how the data is migrating and if it still maintains good data integrity. For example, if there are some tables that get out of sync, there are ways to find them and fix the problem on the spot. Since these are very common issues, we can easily fix these types of problems using utilities, like compare and repair. So, if you find something is out of sync, then you can just repair that table. It basically syncs that table from source to target to see if there are any differences. It will then replicate those differences to the target."
  • "I don't know how easy it would be to change the architecture in an already implemented replication. For example, if we have a certain way of architecting for a particular database migration and want to change that during a period of time, is that an easy or difficult change? There was a need for us to change the architecture in-between the migration, but we didn't do it. We thought, "This is possibly complicated. Let's not change it in the middle because we were approaching our cutover date." That was one thing that we should have checked with support about for training."

What other advice do I have?

SharePlex provides real-time activity screens. You need to install a separate tool for this, which is also provided by Quest called Foglight. These solutions work well together. Right now, we are using Foglight only for SharePlex monitoring. The Foglight interface is pretty neat. Whatever presentations I have given to my management, they have been pretty impressed by its GUI. It gives a pretty cool description and display of your replication status. SharePlex has been a good fit for us because it was not as expensive compared to GoldenGate. It was also stable compared to AWS DMS. It was a good…
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Senior Solutions Architect at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Excellent data backup and transfer features, with a quick and easy setup

What is our primary use case?

database replicating reporting migration consolidation high availability distributing data

Pros and Cons

  • "The core features of the solution we like are the reliability of the data transfer and the accuracy of data read and write. The stability of the solution is also excellent."
  • "The reporting features need improvement. It would be very good for users to have a clear understanding of the status of replication."

What other advice do I have?

We are using the on-premises deployment model. I would advise others that they have the ability to get a lot out of the solution. It has a lot of potential for deployment. You can use it for reporting, for data recovery, for backup, for replication, for updates, and for migration. It can be very useful for many applications. I would rate the solution 9.5 out of ten. It's even better than the Oracle solution, in my opinion.
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