Oracle Database Cloud Service vs. Azure SQL Database

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Oracle Database Cloud Service
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
Oracle offers their DBaaS, the Oracle Database Cloud Service, touting high availability, scalability, available managed or under enterprise control.N/A
Azure SQL Database
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Azure SQL Database is Microsoft's relational database as a service (DBaaS).
$0.50
Per Hour
Pricing
Oracle Database Cloud ServiceAzure SQL Database
Editions & Modules
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2 vCORE
$0.5044
Per Hour
6 vCORE
$1.5131
Per Hour
10 vCORE
$2.52
Per Hour
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Oracle Database Cloud ServiceAzure SQL Database
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Oracle Database Cloud ServiceAzure SQL Database
Considered Both Products
Oracle Database Cloud Service
Chose Oracle Database Cloud Service
The features are complemented by database lifecycle management features like configuration management, performance management, patch automation, etc which make the solution complete from a DBaaS administrator’s perspective as well. As we saw above, Enterprise
Azure SQL Database
Chose Azure SQL Database
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Features
Oracle Database Cloud ServiceAzure SQL Database
Database-as-a-Service
Comparison of Database-as-a-Service features of Product A and Product B
Oracle Database Cloud Service
9.7
4 Ratings
13% above category average
Azure SQL Database
9.1
27 Ratings
6% above category average
Automatic software patching9.04 Ratings8.425 Ratings
Database scalability10.04 Ratings9.927 Ratings
Automated backups10.04 Ratings9.627 Ratings
Database security provisions10.04 Ratings9.127 Ratings
Monitoring and metrics9.04 Ratings8.826 Ratings
Automatic host deployment10.04 Ratings9.122 Ratings
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Oracle Database Cloud ServiceAzure SQL Database
Small Businesses
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IBM Cloudant
Score 9.4 out of 10
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Score 9.4 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.4 out of 10
IBM Cloudant
IBM Cloudant
Score 9.4 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.4 out of 10
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Score 9.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Oracle Database Cloud ServiceAzure SQL Database
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(4 ratings)
8.8
(27 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(10 ratings)
User Testimonials
Oracle Database Cloud ServiceAzure SQL Database
Likelihood to Recommend
Oracle
  • Cost Effective & Flexible: Customers can start as low as a single OCPU VM up to 24 OCPUs. Customers pay only for OCPUs and Storage used.
  • Ease Of Getting Started: Customers can easily create Oracle Certified, full-featured, fully supported 11g, 12c (both 12.1 & 12.2) databases with choice of any database edition.
  • Built-in High Availability Constructs: Customers can easily deploy 2-node RAC configurations with all the VM shapes. For example: Easily deploy a 2-node RAC configuration with 2 core Virtual Machines and shared block storage of up to 40 TB.
  • Durable & Scalable Storage: Customers can use remote storage starting at 256GB up to 40 TB. Storage can be scale up with no downtime.
  • Secure: Customers still get all the advantages of our Oracle IAM for management control and VCN Security lists for securing their database environments.
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Microsoft
Your upcoming app can be built faster on a fully managed SQL database and can be moved into Azure with a few to no application code changes. Flexible and responsive server less computing and Hyperscale storage can cope with your changing requirements and one of the main benefits is the reduction in costs, which is noticeable.
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Pros
Oracle
  • Eliminates the requirement of hardware and installation.
  • Minimizes the cost of operation and maintenance.
  • Scalable to meet the increase in requirements.
  • Enhances integrity, connectivity and performance of our applications.
  • Reliable in terms of data security.
  • Improved speed of querying and searching.
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Microsoft
  • Maintenance is always an issue, so using a cloud solution saves a lot of trouble.
  • On premise solutions always suffer from fragmented implementations here and there, where several "dba's" keep track of security and maintenance. With a cloud database it's much easier to keep a central overview.
  • Security options in SQL database are next level... data masking, hiding sensitive data where always neglected on premise, whereas you'll get this automatically in the cloud.
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Cons
Oracle
  • When we restart the DBaaS instance, it seems like we had to add the NIC network back again. I'm not sure if it's specific to our instance configuration!
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Microsoft
  • One needs to be aware that some T-SQL features are simply not available.
  • The programmatic access to server, trace flags, hardware from within Azure SQL Database is taken away (for a good reason).
  • No SQL Agent so your jobs need to be orchestrated differently.
  • The maximum concurrent logins maybe an unexpected problem.
  • Sudden disconnects.
  • The developers and admin must study the capacity and tier usage limits https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-subscription-service-limits otherwise some errors or even transaction aborts never seen before can occur.
  • Only one Latin Collation choice.
  • There is no way to debug T-SQL ( a big drawback in my point of view).
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Likelihood to Renew
Oracle
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
This is best solution as a DBA one could expect from a service provider and as a cloud service, it removes all your hassles.
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Support Rating
Oracle
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
We give the support a high rating simply because every time we've had issues or questions, representatives were in contact with us quickly. Without fail, our issues/questions were handled in a timely matter. That kind of response is integral when client data integrity and availability is in question. There is also a wealth of documentation for resolving issues on your own.
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Alternatives Considered
Oracle
I would prefer the oracle database as service where my complete implementation is on Oracle Cloud Platform and as BI Implementation where datawarehouse is built on oracle database.
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Microsoft
We moved away from Oracle and NoSQL because we had been so reliant on them for the last 25 years, the pricing was too much and we were looking for a way to cut the cord. Snowflake is just too up in the air, feels like it is soon to be just another line item to add to your Azure subscription. Azure was just priced right, easy to migrate to and plenty of resources to hire to support/maintain it. Very easy to learn, too.
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Return on Investment
Oracle
  • Billing on Hosted Environment per hour, OCPU per hour, block volumes, object storage, etc.
  • Costing & maintenance, patching.
  • Security & TDE cycles.
  • Backups & recovery.
  • The features are complemented by database lifecycle management features, like configuration management, performance management, patch automation, etc. which make the solution complete from a DBaaS administrator’s perspective as well.
  • Manager 12c covers all the major use cases for DBaaS, which yield significant business benefits and high ROI.
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Microsoft
  • Perfect for small and medium databases, being very cost effective.
  • As a Platform as a Service, there is no concern about patches, upgrades and end of life.
  • Be aware of security and network capabilities. The service cannot run in the VNET as Azure Virtual Machines do.
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