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Oracle Database

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Score 8.6 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

Oracle Database

I believe that Oracle Database can be used almost on any scenario, starting with small department solutions to actually any enterprise level system. It includes many features that allow a single database to work as an OLTP and Data Warehouse at the same time, reducing hardware requirements and the need to implement ETL or integration solutions between OLTP and DW.
Lisandro Fernigrini | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

I've found Microsoft SQL Server a robust and affordable solution for most OLTP scenarios, starting with department solutions up to enterprise-level systems. There are many advanced features (like compression and partitioning) that correctly implemented provide huge benefits on performance, reducing hardware requirements and costs. The default locking mechanism can be a problem for systems with high concurrency if the READ_COMMITTED_SNAPSHOT option is not selected.
Lisandro Fernigrini | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Oracle Database

  • Oracle database is battle tested and has been in the industry for a long time, meaning they have a good understanding of the markets demands.
  • Oracle database is secure and ensures that user data is not tampered with through prompt updates.
  • Peer to peer communities are available to help solve almost all problems that one may be facing.
Allison Mills | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Easy to setup with the included Wizard that helps to get you up and running with the essential components covered. You won't waste a lot of time reading through documentation to just get started.
  • There is a large community of support for Microsoft SQL Server that can help to troubleshoot issues and explain how to tackle a problem.
  • The other components and modules to the system make is easy to setup backups and connections to other services.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Oracle Database

  • Oracle 12c SQL Developer is included with the product for no additional licensing cost, but it is much more limited compared to query tools such as TOAD.
  • Oracle 12c stumbles on certain queries with the optimizer not catching simple methods to return queries very quickly. Often a scalar subquery is required to reduce the time by up to 99%.
  • On occasion, the optimizer can miss simple changes such as IN ('1','2','3') working but BETWEEN '1' AND '3' being stuck in an infinite loop.
Bennett Walker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • There isn't as much that I dislike with SQL Server. It will be good to have features where we have fine grain control over internal things. For example, it would have been a good feature to have historical tracking of the metrics as opposed to setting up custom metrics. Overall SQL Server made my life easy to manage a lot of databases and ease of use while migration projects.
  • The database is the target of many attacks from it's SA account, this must come disabled by default and just after the instalation, some of 30 seconds, the attacks start, with many requests per second, it needs to improve the firewall to prevent these attacks, or put the SQL Server inside of a VPN and local network to avoid these attacks.
  • It requires knowledge and in-depth technical skills to make complex processes truly performing, especially if we are in very complex infrastructures
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Oracle Database

Oracle Database 8.6
Based on 5 answers
As a Oracle Database administrator,I do installation upgradation to oracle 12C and we can make use of the new features that are introduced in this version to secure data in better ways hence I highly recommend using this database software
Sukesh Nayak | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 6 answers
We are a Microsoft Gold partner and are very in depth with our SQL server development with out software and it would take too many resources to try and switch to another database product, not to mention all of our clients run SQL Server so we would then have to support SQL and another product which is fiscally irresponsible.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Oracle Database

Oracle Database 8.1
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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 8.0
Based on 9 answers
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.
Andy Erickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Oracle Database

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Its does not have outages.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Oracle Database

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SSAS data cubes may some time slow down your Excel reports.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Oracle Database

Oracle Database 8.7
Based on 3 answers
The product is very good but when you need help it's very difficult. Oracle must have a database with all the customers' configuration so we don't lose a lot of time answering questions.We finally contract with a premium DBA to solve all our issues.
Gonzalo Segarra | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 8.5
Based on 26 answers
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.
luka horvat | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Oracle Database

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It was good
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Oracle Database

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
very hands on and detailed training
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Oracle Database

Oracle Database 9.6
Based on 3 answers
The implementation of Oracle Database 12C was smooth and upgradation can be performed in minimum time as oracle 12C gives option to perform metadata upgrade using parallel option
Sukesh Nayak | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 5 answers
As mentioned before, the implementation of SQL Server in a company that is beginning to use a new structure, which does not require any type of data migration, do not requires particular comment to make.
If you must to do a porting of databases from a different platform, definitely you need to consider the situation in detail depending on your needs.
Luca Campanelli | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Oracle Database

Compared to other SQL type databases, Oracle can simply be described as a super-set or an extension of them.As Oracle has not only the features of SQL but also PL/SQL, it is much more feature rich compared to other databases technologies. However, there is no fair way to compared Oracle against MongoDB as their basic principles are on totally different terms.Any application that needs not only the power of storage but automatic manipulation of data dynamically during runtime is definitely a place where Oracle should be used.
venkat nitin panaganti | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

The reason we've decided to go with Microsoft over Oracle or MySQL is because our company lives in the Microsoft ecosystem. It works well with other Microsoft products (Exchange, Office, etc.). It allows for easier integration. Also, the support from Microsoft is crucial, in case we run across complicated issues. They've helped as a lot. Our company actually maintained the largest Microsoft Dynamics database at one time, and there were several times we've had to reach out to Microsoft to fix unique errors and issues we had.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Oracle Database

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SQL server does handle growing demands of a mid sized company.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Oracle Database

  • Positive Impact - I have been serving as a DBA to a Aviation Industry customer since 2009. Aviation Industry User community believes that Oracle database product is best product in the world. The reason would be it has been in the market for many years, more reliable product and the customer has more confidence in Oracle than others, has good market reputation, so many oracle expertise easily available whenever and where ever needed in affordable cost.
  • Positive Impact - Oracle12c with - ODA, Exadata, Big data appliance, Super cluster, and Oracle12c cloud offering are becoming popular day by day.
  • Negative Impact - Oracle licensing cost has been one of the most debatable topics in business user community every year.
Sarju Patel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • We can very quickly and easily start up a new database.
  • Active Directory integration has been a huge time saver for us.
  • It changed the way we did our data backup strategy by giving us a backup 4-5 times a day instead of once at night.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Oracle Database

General

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

Microsoft SQL Server

General

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

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