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Score 8 out of 100
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Database-as-a-Service

    7.8

    IBM Cloud Databases

    78%

    Oracle Database

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cloud Databases ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Automatic software patching

    7.7
    77%
    75 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Database scalability

    7.7
    77%
    85 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Automated backups

    8.2
    82%
    88 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Database security provisions

    8.4
    84%
    81 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Monitoring and metrics

    7.2
    72%
    85 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Automatic host deployment

    7.5
    75%
    67 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • IBM Cloud Databases is rated higher in 1 area: Usability
    • Oracle Database is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    7.7

    IBM Cloud Databases

    77%
    92 Ratings
    8.0

    Oracle Database

    80%
    176 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.0

    IBM Cloud Databases

    80%
    7 Ratings
    8.2

    Oracle Database

    82%
    5 Ratings

    Usability

    8.6

    IBM Cloud Databases

    86%
    5 Ratings
    7.4

    Oracle Database

    74%
    5 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.9

    IBM Cloud Databases

    99%
    15 Ratings
    10.0

    Oracle Database

    100%
    7 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    IBM Cloud Databases

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.6

    Oracle Database

    96%
    6 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM

    I think the best use case for using IBM Cloud Databases is when other products in the IBM Cloud ecosystem are being used. It works very well when computing is being used, or any other IBM cloud products really. I could also see these products being really useful in any scenario where a managed database is wanted with little overhead to set it up and manage it.
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    Oracle

    I believe Oracle Database is still the best RDBMS database which is the database to consider for OLTP applications and for Adhoc requests. They are good in Datawarehousing in certain aspects but not the best. Oracle is also a great database for scaling up with their Clusterware solution which also makes the database highly available with services moving to the live instance without much trouble.
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    Pros

    IBM

    • 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.
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    Oracle

    • 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.
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    Cons

    IBM

    • 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.
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    Oracle

    • 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.
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    Pricing Details

    IBM Cloud Databases

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    IBM Cloud Databases editions and modules pricing
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    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Pricing Info

      Oracle Database

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Oracle Database editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        Likelihood to Renew

        IBM

        IBM is our trusted partner which never failed to meet our expectations. Stability, efficiency, usability and security is a must have for our business which is fully provided by IBM Cloud Databases
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        Oracle

        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.
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        Usability

        IBM

        It is great the only things I have stumbled upon is the non standard port 80 they use and sometimes expired SSL certificate.
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        Oracle

        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.
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        Support Rating

        IBM

        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
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        Oracle

        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.
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        Implementation Rating

        IBM

        No answers on this topic

        Oracle

        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
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        Alternatives Considered

        IBM

        The reason why I choose IBM Cloud Databases is that the IBM cloud toolset is already being used in other functions of the company and by using IBM Cloud Databases, the other cloud tools are better embedded and integrated. If the company is set to use amazon tools, I would go for rds.
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        Oracle

        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.
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        Return on Investment

        IBM

        • Prove use cases prior to administering entire platform, obtain ROI faster
        • Able to achieve the technological components of our advanced analytics team without full scale purchase of AI platform
        • Developed several studies to prove out cloud Db value, speed to deploy
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        Oracle

        • Oracle Database 12c has had a very positive impact on our ability to build strong and robust custom applications in house without the need to come up with our own methods of data storage and management.
        • Oracle Database 12c has the strongest user interface of any database I have worked with and continuously is improving its strength with the addition of support for JSON and XML type objects in the database.
        • Oracle Database 12c is sometimes very heavy and DBA intensive, but the benefits far outweigh the costs, which we need to spend on DBA support for enabling security and access features.
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