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Attribute Ratings

  • Oracle Database is rated higher in 2 areas: Support Rating, Implementation Rating
  • Microsoft SQL Server is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Oracle Database

80%
176 Ratings
9.1

Microsoft SQL Server

91%
95 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.2

Oracle Database

82%
5 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
6 Ratings

Usability

7.4

Oracle Database

74%
5 Ratings
9.9

Microsoft SQL Server

99%
10 Ratings

Availability

Oracle Database

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Microsoft SQL Server

100%
2 Ratings

Performance

Oracle Database

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

Oracle Database

100%
7 Ratings
7.9

Microsoft SQL Server

79%
49 Ratings

In-Person Training

Oracle Database

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
1 Rating

Online Training

Oracle Database

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

9.6

Oracle Database

96%
6 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
10 Ratings

Configurability

Oracle Database

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Microsoft SQL Server

100%
1 Rating

Ease of integration

Oracle Database

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

Oracle Database

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
1 Rating

Vendor post-sale

Oracle Database

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

Oracle Database

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

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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Microsoft

Microsoft SQL Server is a great RDBMS and meets all of our requirements. If you need a stable DB platform to support your line of a business application you'll be well served. Licensing costs are far cheaper, more portable and a lot more user friendly than Oracle. Product support and security patches from Microsoft are strong.
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Pros

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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Microsoft

  • Easy to configure and use with Visual Studio and Dot Net
  • Easy integration with MSBI to perform data analysis
  • Data Security
  • Easy to understand and use
  • Very easy to export database and tables in the form of SQL query or a script
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Cons

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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Microsoft

  • The import/export process can be tricky to follow with lots of steps and could be better for importing flat files
  • Obtaining help from Microsoft is cumbersome and often other internet sources are better and quicker
  • The documentation is not great and again it's generally better to obtain help elsewhere if needed
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Pricing Details

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

    Microsoft SQL Server

    Starting Price

    $0 Per License

    Editions & Modules

    Microsoft SQL Server editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Enterprise$13,748.001
    Subscription$1,418.002

    Footnotes

    1. Per License
    2. Per License

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    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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    Microsoft

    We understand that the Microsoft SQL Server will continue to advance, offering the same robust and reliable platform while adding new features that enable us, as a software center, to create a superior product. That provides excellent performance while reducing the hardware requirements and the total cost of ownership of our solution.
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    Usability

    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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    Microsoft

    SQL Server mostly 'just works' or generates error messages to help you sort out the trouble. You can usually count on the product to get the job done and keep an eye on your potential mistakes. Interaction with other Microsoft products makes operating as a Windows user pretty straight forward. Digging through the multitude of dialogs and wizards can be a pain, but the answer is usually there somewhere.
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    Reliability and Availability

    Oracle

    No answers on this topic

    Microsoft

    Its does not have outages.
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    Performance

    Oracle

    No answers on this topic

    Microsoft

    SSAS data cubes may some time slow down your Excel reports.
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    Support Rating

    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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    Microsoft

    We managed to handle most of our problems by looking into Microsoft's official documentation that has everything explained and almost every function has an example that illustrates in detail how a particular functionality works. Just like PowerShell has the ability to show you an example of how some cmdlet works, that is the case also here, and in my opinion, it is a very good practice and I like it.
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    In-Person Training

    Oracle

    No answers on this topic

    Microsoft

    It was good
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    Online Training

    Oracle

    No answers on this topic

    Microsoft

    very hands on and detailed training
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    Implementation Rating

    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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    Microsoft

    Other than SQL taking quite a bit of time to actually install there are no problems with installation. Even on hardware that has good performance SQL can still take close to an hour to install a typical server with management and reporting services.
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    Alternatives Considered

    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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    Microsoft

    [Microsoft] SQL Server has a much better community and professional support and is overall just a more reliable system with Microsoft behind it. I've used MySQL in the past and SQL Server has just become more comfortable for me and is my go to RDBMS.
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    Scalability

    Oracle

    No answers on this topic

    Microsoft

    SQL server does handle growing demands of a mid sized company.
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    Return on Investment

    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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    Microsoft

    • Increased accuracy - We went from multiple users having different versions of an Excel spreadsheet to a single source of truth for our reporting.
    • Increased Efficiency - We can now generate reports at any time from a single source rather than multiple users spending their time collating data and generating reports.
    • Improved Security - Enterprise level security on a dedicated server rather than financial files on multiple laptop hard drives.
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