SQL Server Alternatives and Competitors

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NareshMote
Real User
Data Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Jun 30 2020

What is most valuable?

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. The solution is also compatible with a lot of other… more »

What needs improvement?

The developers of MySQL, which are Oracle MySQL, Percona, and MariaDB, seem to not be focusing much on object-oriented replication. Basically, replication is based on a text level of replication. There is a text level replication in Oracle, that is so similar it can be implemented in MySQL, however… more »

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

I am not sure, what the licensing costs are for the solution. From my experience, there is no straightforward cost. You can get that cost from the Oracle website about the Oracle MySQL licensing costs, however, it's not a straightforward price code for everyone. If you are an existing customer, you… more »

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… more »
Real User
Application Development Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
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
Software Engineer - Data at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 22 2020

What is most valuable?

What is good about SAP HANA is its simplicity and its flexibility. Its in-memory capabilities are good, which is why many companies still use it.

What needs improvement?

SAP HANA is a very proprietary tool and there's not as much support available for it as there is for an SQL Server (which is more popular). It requires some internal SAP knowledge to work with the tool and it's a completely graphical… more »

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

I don't have information on the pricing, as that is an SAP and corporate-level agreement, which is not really known by all the in-house teams. I'm not really aware of the pricing. On the internet, I couldn't find much information about the… more »

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

I have only worked on SAP and I haven't worked on other solutions.

What other advice do I have?

I'm not really part of the decision making team or the architecture team. I do not know if my organization has a business relationship with SAP or not. I'd rate the solution five out of ten. In the case of enterprise projects, I've heard… more »
Giancarlo Nocerino
Consultant
Consultant at a tech services company
Aug 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The scalability and availability of this solution are the most valuable features. It is a very stable product.

What needs improvement?

I don't have a general opinion about how they can improve this product. The performance could be improved.

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

We previously used Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and MySQL which is an open-source database.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend this solution to somebody considering it. I would advise that if you are looking to install it, you should have internal competence and internal skill, don't only use external support that is provided by IBM. You should have internal knowledge and competency for Db2… more »
SumitGadgilwar
Real User
Solution Architect at ixtel
Dec 23 2019

What is most valuable?

The warehouse is the solution's most valuable aspect. The solution is very fast.

What needs improvement?

I'm not sure about the improvements needed in the solution. The solution is quite expensive.

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

Oracle is a costly product.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. I'd advise others to look at the solution, but to be mindful as it is costly. Whether it is right for a company or not depends on the requirements. If they have the budget, they should go for Oracle… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Choosing this solution was the choice of the database administrator. I didn't participate in the process, so I'm not sure what was used before of if other solutions were evaluated.
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