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Score 8.2 out of 100

Oracle Database

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Likelihood to Recommend

IBM Cloud Databases

If you are on IBM Cloud, then using IBM Cloud Databases is an obvious choice. It is natively available and offers a wide range of different database products that would cover most common use cases. If you are not on IBM Cloud but are interested to use the databases offered, such as MongoDB, it is still a viable option as sometimes it can be more cost effective compared to alternatives.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Database

[Oracle Database is] a great database solution, it suits very well all kinds of applications and problems. The good thing about it is the relational part, because everyone with a
little knowledge of databases can use the SQL language to deal with the
tables and contents. BUT it is expensive, so if you have a small business, it may not be the best option.
Nadyan Pscheidt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Database-as-a-Service

IBM Cloud Databases
8.3
Oracle Database
Automatic software patching
IBM Cloud Databases
8.6
Oracle Database
Database scalability
IBM Cloud Databases
8.2
Oracle Database
Automated backups
IBM Cloud Databases
8.7
Oracle Database
Database security provisions
IBM Cloud Databases
8.4
Oracle Database
Monitoring and metrics
IBM Cloud Databases
7.4
Oracle Database
Automatic host deployment
IBM Cloud Databases
8.6
Oracle Database

Pros

IBM Cloud Databases

  • The ease of setup was effortless. For anyone with development experience, a few simple questions such as name and login data will get you set up.
  • The web application to manage cluster settings, billing settings and even introspect the data was simple and most importantly worked all the time. This can not always be said for web interfaces of other products.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Database

  • Best thing about it is that it supports PL/SQL which is helpful in writing complex quarries easily.
  • Its storage capacity , backup and recovery features make it the best database storage tool available.
  • Other thing I like about this software is its interface is so good.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

IBM Cloud Databases

  • Better cost reports, before just increasing to another tier, thus increasing the price. This is critical for early stage startups, where budget is tight.
  • Add more data center options. As a comparison, a similar service, Aiven.io has dozen more options than Compose (basically all big cloud providers). We moved from AWS to Digital Ocean, which made us stop using Compose, since Compose forces us to be either on IBM or AWS.
Alfred Reinold Baudisch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Database

  • The memory demand and management makes it impossible to run it in a container.
  • It is hard to perform local unit testing with Oracle even using the personal edition (aggressive all the available memory grab for itself).
  • Lack of built in database migrations (e.g. as Flyway).
  • The need to install the Oracle client in addition to its drivers.
  • The cost of running it, especially in the Cloud.
  • Comes with very spartan community grade client/management tools whereas the commercial offerings tend to demand a premium price.
Arthur Zubarev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

IBM Cloud Databases

IBM Cloud Databases 9.9
Based on 4 answers
I am very fond of the features and reliability of the compose DaaS, however I could switch if I find same qualities for lower price.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Database

Oracle Database 8.3
Based on 5 answers
There is a lot of sunk cost in a product like Oracle 12c. It is doing a great job, it would not provide us much benefit to switch to another product even if it did the same thing due to the work involved in making such a switch. It would not be cost effective.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

IBM Cloud Databases

IBM Cloud Databases 8.8
Based on 5 answers
In total, IBM Compose has a great interface with only minor flaws, which don't distract from the overall great usability both on desktops and mobile devices.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Database

Oracle Database 7.5
Based on 5 answers
Many of the powerful options can be auto-configured but there are still many things to take into account at the moment of installing and configuring an Oracle Database, compared with SQL Server or other databases. At the same time, that extra complexity allows for detailed configuration and guarantees performance, scalability, availability and security.
Lisandro Fernigrini | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

IBM Cloud Databases

IBM Cloud Databases 9.3
Based on 11 answers
Support is helpful enough, but we haven't always had questions answered in a satisfactory manner. At one time we realized that Compose had stopped taking database snapshots on its two-per-day schedule, and had in fact not taken one for many days. Support recognized the problem and it was fixed, but the lack of proactive checks and the inability to share exactly what happened has caused us to look elsewhere for production work loads
Joshua Dickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Database

Oracle Database 9.9
Based on 7 answers
1. I have very good experience with Oracle Database support team. Oracle support team has pool of talented Oracle Analyst resources in different regions. To name a few regions - EMEA, Asia, USA(EST, MST, PST), Australia. Their support staffs are very supportive, well trained, and customer focused. Whenever I open Oracle Sev1 SR(service request), I always get prompt update on my case timely.2. Oracle has zoom call and chat session option linked to Oracle SR. Whenever you are in Oracle portal - you can chat with the Oracle Analyst who is working on your case. You can request for Oracle zoom call thru which you can share the your problem server screen in no time. This is very nice as it saves lot of time and energy in case you have to follow up with oracle support for your case.3.Oracle has excellent knowledge base in which all the customer databases critical problems and their solutions are well documented. It is very easy to follow without consulting to support team at first.
Sarju Patel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

IBM Cloud Databases

No score
No answers yet
We did not use IBM professional services. We had sufficient in-house expertise for the implementation; we found it relatively straightforward.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Database

Oracle Database 9.6
Based on 6 answers
Overall the implementation went very well and after that everything came out as expected - in terms of performance and scalability. People should always install and upgrade a stable version for production with the latest patch set updates, test properly as much as possible, and should have a backup plan if anything unexpected happens
Omar Faruq | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

IBM Cloud Databases

We already had existing contracts with IBM and Microsoft, so those made the most sense to verify. Both are good options for data storage. Since much of our existing Dbs are IBM related, we stuck with IBM cloud dbs, just so that the SQL code would port well. Additionally, we needed co-location of our data with the analytics platform we developed, and so that made IBM a better option.
Ben Holmes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Database

Oracle is more of an enterprise-level database than Access and SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise isn't getting developed much (some people wonder how close it is to end of life) but SQL Server is miles ahead of Oracle IMO in terms of user experience and comparable in terms of performance AFAIK. As stated, a vendor forced our hand to use Oracle so we did not have a choice. If you are looking for help with an issue you are having, there are lots of SQL Server articles, etc. on the web and the community of SQL Server developers and DBA's is very strong and supportive. Oracle's help on the web is much more limited and often has an attitude that goes with it of superiority and lacking in compassion, IMO. For instance, check out the Ask Tom Oracle blog - a world of difference. If you choose Oracle, go into it with eyes wide open.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

IBM Cloud Databases

  • It is difficult to determine for this use case, as it is a new use case, and not yet fully scaled-out in the market. Costs have and are projected to be more than acceptable, and at a welcome reduction from the previous Compose cost structure.
Jon Tara | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Database

  • Multiple applications can use the same database and still get high performance
  • Licensing cost is still a concern compared to the other options available in the market that are very very inexpensive
  • Almost a maintenance free database
  • Oracle Grid makes life easy in terms of monitoring and managing the databases
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

IBM Cloud Databases

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Oracle Database

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM Cloud Databases
7.9
Oracle Database
8.2

Likelihood to Renew

IBM Cloud Databases
9.9
Oracle Database
8.3

Usability

IBM Cloud Databases
8.8
Oracle Database
7.5

Support Rating

IBM Cloud Databases
9.3
Oracle Database
9.9

Implementation Rating

IBM Cloud Databases
Oracle Database
9.6

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