If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Quest SharePlex, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
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 other products or doing proofs of concept. Try it out in your production and you won't be disappointed. It just works. Install it and forget about it.
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 product for what we were looking for and within our budget too. Overall, we have been satisfied with this product. There is no reason not to use it. I would rate the solution at a nine out of 10.
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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