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ST
CEO at QUERIX (UK) LIMITED
Real User
Top 20
Great security and database system resilience but needs to improve its documentation functionality

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable aspects of the solution are the general database system resilience and security."
  • "Documentation is difficult to find. Since we're experienced with Oracle technology, we have also found many errors in it. Not everything is 100% accurate."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily are using the solution for clients who want to migrate their applications. We have an on-premises version for testing to see how that would work.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspects of the solution are the general database system resilience and security.

What needs improvement?

The improvements we require are mostly regarding the documentation and compatibility with other systems or with other non-Oracle technologies. 

Documentation is difficult to find. Since we're experienced with Oracle technology, we have also found many errors in it. Not everything is 100% accurate.

The solution should add functionalities, like database system functions, to speed up the query processing type. Any sort of functions or commands that would give you a faster result would be a welcome improvement. Microsoft Azure, for example, has some building functionalities to fetch big chunks of data and in a very fast way. I haven't seen a similar feature from Oracle. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution since 2012.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is not very good. Oracle's attitude toward customers, with increasing prices and a general lack of recognition of other technologies, is not ideal.

How was the initial setup?

The level of difficulty in the initial setup varies. Sometimes it's very straightforward, but sometimes it is not. 60% of the time it's pretty straightforward.

Sometimes, for example, we might have previously installed the database in the same environment and there were some dependencies left which damaged the next installation because it was not a fresh install. If you want to uninstall the database, the cleaning of the database and everything associated with it gets a bit tricky. There is no automated process for that.

Deployment is quite fast. You can probably manage a deployment in an hour or less.

What about the implementation team?

We're an integrator. We implement the solution for our clients.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. We're currently experimenting with Oracle at the moment.

Currently, customers are looking for and experimenting with various databases. The clients that I've talked to have asked about MySQL or Amazon Aurora Database as well Microsoft Secret Server.

In terms of Oracle, what I've heard from some clients was that the cloud database was a disappointment for them compared to the on-premise database. Some of them were regretful about doing that sort of migration. They told me they were over-promised, and the cloud database didn't deliver. The on-premise databases are quite solid, however. They are very good.

I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. 

I'm personally not happy with Oracle, but from a technical standpoint, they have a very solid product.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
JZ
Sr. Database Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Good overall features, a good community version, and an easy initial setup

Pros and Cons

  • "The provisioning is much faster. You don't have to prepare hardware or install software. You just need to create an instance and you have a database."
  • "A lot of the features are disabled by default. The solution should enable more features. I understand this could cause challenges to management for many clients using RDS, however."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily have many tools, including Jira, that are currently using RDS. It's mainly used by developers.

How has it helped my organization?

The provisioning is much faster. You don't have to prepare hardware or install software. You just need to create an instance and you have a database.

What is most valuable?

The RDS is a community version, so there are many common features that are basic. It's not an enterprise version, but all the features are very good overall.

What needs improvement?

A lot of the features are disabled by default. The solution should enable more features. I understand this could cause challenges to management for many clients using RDS, however.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for less than a year, but some people on my team have been using it longer.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability os really good. I like it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven't expanded on the solution, so I'm unsure about if it would scale well or not. We have a bunch of teams using the solution in the company, but they're small.

How are customer service and technical support?

We haven't contacted technical support.

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

We are currently using a lot of other solutions as well. We have Oracle, we have PP2, and MySQL. We have a secret server as well.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. Deployment took about ten minutes.

What about the implementation team?

We handled the deployment ourselves.

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

We use the community version of the solution. I believe we only pay for the storage, but I'm not sure how it works exactly.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't evaluate other solutions before choosing RDS. Since we're using everything else that is Amazon, it seemed like an obvious choice.

What other advice do I have?

We're currently expanding multiple versions of the solution. We use the cloud deployment model and most clients are also in the AWS environment.

I'd advise others to pay attention to the sizing, You don't want to over or under-size.

I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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