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Oracle Application Database Administrator at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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Great data replication with good scalability and a straightforward setup
Pros and Cons
  • "You can scale the solution without any issues."
  • "The solution is very, very expensive. This keeps it as a niche product."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for Oracle E-Business suites. It's the database for ERP.

What is most valuable?

The data replication is the most valuable aspects of the solution. We've got Oracle Data Guard set up and we've got two sites - one in Johannesburg and one in Cape Town. We do data replication every 30 minutes from one site to the other.

The initial setup is straightforward.

You can scale the solution without any issues.

The great thing about the solution is that it comes with pretty much everything. SQL Developer is part of it, and you can scale databases from 20 users to 50,000 users. It's actually a very solid database.

What needs improvement?

The listener could be improved. The listener could be far more easily configurable. If you want to change ports or add a fail-over listener, it could be a little bit more seamless.

The solution is very, very expensive. This keeps it as a niche product.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Oracle for 15 or 20 years. It's been well over a decade and maybe as much as two. It's been a while.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution can really scale if you need it to. We've scaled it up a few times in the environment and we've never had any issue. From that point of view, everything seems to be good.

We have about 2,500 users on the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've been in touch with Oracle on a daily basis. We just moved to another version. They really helped us. They were helpful and responsive. We're satisfied with the level of support we receive.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not complex. it's very straightforward. A company shouldn't have any issues with the implementation process. It's very easy.

We have our own team that handles the maintenance as necessary.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's really expensive, however, that's what makes Oracle a niche player. It's not something every company can have its own. It's for the elite, it's for the prestige. It's for the ones who really do good business.

What other advice do I have?

We are customers and end-users.

Recently, we've upgraded EBS to a later version.

I'd recommend the solution to other organizations. That said, it all depends on what you're trying to support. I use it in conjunction with their EBS, so, for me, it's the perfect fit. You can't split it anyway. Oracle EBS only works with an Oracle Database.

I'd rate the solution ten out of ten overall.

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Oracle DBA at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Performance tuning feature provides useful hints and indexing
Pros and Cons
  • "I love the performance tuning feature of Oracle Database because it provides hints and indexing, which are very valuable. Some of its other valuable features are its rack, record key vaults, and backup compression."
  • "Oracle is very expensive. So if I suggest Oracle to a client, they'll often say it's too costly."

What is our primary use case?

We use Oracle Database in cases where there is a high volume of transactions and to improve the performance for high availability. We're an IBR company, so we're working mostly with call centers.

What is most valuable?

I love the performance tuning feature of Oracle Database because it provides hints and indexing, which are very valuable. Some of its other valuable features are its rack, record key vaults, and backup compression. 

What needs improvement?

I'm familiar with various DevOps technologies and how GoogLeNet is working. With GoogLeNet, you can upgrade the application in real-time without downtime. This feature is currently not available in Oracle. If we can do everything in the database without downtime, that would be beneficial for the users.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Oracle Database for more than eight years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

If you get Oracle Database set up right the first time, it'll run many years without any errors. There are no problems with the database itself, but if it isn't configured correctly or you execute something incorrectly, that can cause a problem. If we use a database in the application and there is a problem, we can quickly fix it. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We can quickly and easily scale Oracle Database. 

How are customer service and support?

Oracle technical support is wonderful. We've had no problem with that.

How was the initial setup?

The Oracle Database setup is not complex. The rack setup used to require a lot of specialized knowledge about how to set it up, but it has been simplified. For deployment, we create and execute, which takes about three to four hours. 

What about the implementation team?

We were able to handle the deployment through an in-house team. And every two or three months, Oracle releases new security patches and bug fixes. So we check if it's relevant to our product and apply it. We have around six to seven database services, so we manage it when it is released. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Oracle is very expensive. So if I suggest Oracle to a client, they'll often say it's too costly.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Oracle Database 10 out of 10. I would recommend it. I've worked on many database solutions, like MySQL Server and Sybase, and Oracle is the best based on my experience. If you are considering implementing Oracle Database, I suggest thoroughly reading all the documentation first. Then, figure out a strategy for implementing it and all of the software you'll need. Before you start the setup, you should have full knowledge of the process.

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Senior Database Administrator Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Straightforward to install, stable, and scalable
Pros and Cons
  • "Oracle is a stable product and we plan to continue implementing it."
  • "The cost needs to be reduced because right now, all of our customers are asking us about how they can migrate to any open-source database."

What is our primary use case?

I support the backend and administration tasks for the databases in my organization, and for our clients, and Oracle is one of the products that I work with. The tasks I perform are things like creating the database and then maintaining it. I do not work with specific use cases but rather, provide support for them.

All of our databases are accessed remotely and are hosted on Linux servers. It is not always easy to manage, considering things like the firewalls that are in place, so we have our own scripts for this.

What needs improvement?

The cost needs to be reduced because right now, all of our customers are asking us about how they can migrate to any open-source database. This is a very common question and I have been checking our ability to migrate, as well as the tools that we have for doing so, to a product like PostgreSQL.

Oracle is an RDBMS, although most of our customers are now moving towards Big Data. There are open-source databases and you don't need a schema. You can store whatever you want. I would like Oracle to do more for Big Data in the future.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Oracle Database for more than 12 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Oracle is a stable product and we plan to continue implementing it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable solution.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We deal with many database products including Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and others.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is straightforward. We have both on-premises and cloud-based deployments.

The amount of time required for deployment depends on whether it is a single instance. This time of installation may take 30 minutes. Our installation scripts make it easy to do.

What about the implementation team?

We handle all of the administration tasks including implementation, installation, daily operation, as well as backup and recovery procedures.

In some cases, we have to provide high availability for our customers. Some of them may already have a cluster, so we would implement it. We also provide technical support to them.

We are a team of 10 database administrators.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This is an expensive product.

What other advice do I have?

This is certainly a product that I recommend for large enterprises. However, for smaller companies, we can use an open-source database. That said, if you need something that is highly available and scalable then you have to choose Oracle Database.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Implementer
Lead - Cloud Engineering at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A good default database that is easy to use and offers very good technical support
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is extremely stable."
  • "The pricing of the product could be better. It's too expensive right now. They need to bring down the cost."

What is our primary use case?

The solution is used for multiple applications. The solution can hold a lot of applications.

What is most valuable?

It's been one of the best databases for us. We really enjoy its capabilities.

The product is very easy to use. Users have no problem navigating it and using it.

The solution is extremely stable. It's pretty much issue-free so far.

You can expand it easily. It's scalable.

The initial setup is very straightforward. The deployment is easy.

It's a good default database. Many Windows applications also work on Oracle.

Technical support is very helpful and responsive.

What needs improvement?

The pricing of the product could be better. It's too expensive right now. They need to bring down the cost.

It would be ideal with the product could introduce more security features. It would make the solution that much better.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using the solution for a few years now. We have a good amount of experience at this point.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution offers excellent stability. Its performance is very reliable. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's very good. It's basically been issue-free.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is very scalable. If a company needs to expand it, it can do so with relative ease.

We have about ten users on the solution currently.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've reached out to technical support in the past. They've been very helpful and knowledgeable. We've contacted them very rarely, however, when we have reached out they have been responsive. We're very satisfied with their level of service. They are quite good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not complex or difficult. It's very straightforward and easy to implement. A company shouldn't have too many issues with the process. 

We have a team of two that are able to handle the deployment and maintenance aspects. You don't need a lot of people to watch over it. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

If the solution was less expensive, they would get man more clients. The pricing can be an issue for many.

What other advice do I have?

We always use the on-premises deployment model. We never use cloud-based deployment models. 

I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten overall. We are quite happy with the capabilities. It's a very, very good database.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Florent NOPOUDEM
Senior Database Administrator at ITGStore
Real User
Top 5
A stable and scalable solution which is easy to install and offers great support
Pros and Cons
  • "Optimization of databases, RAC, Data Guard Replication with Data Guard and RAC Database are the best features."
  • "There is a new version of Oracle and Database Firewall, version 20, for which I would be interested in receiving training."

What is our primary use case?

For the Database solution, I'm working with the 12c version. For Security Solution, I'm working with Oracle based Audit Vault and Database Firewall, versions 12 and 20.

We use the solution in Cameroon, where I reside, for payroll purposes. 

What is most valuable?

Optimization of databases, RAC, Data Guard Replication with Data Guard and RAC Database are the best features. The solution offers many features. We try to tailor the deployment to the needs of the company involved. Some need replication, others optimization and still others, RAC. 

What needs improvement?

There is a new version of Oracle and Database Firewall, version 20, for which I would be interested in receiving training. For the moment, training is not an option. Having the time to undertake this does not pose an issue for me, as I would speak with my supervisor to allot the requisite time. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Oracle Database for nearly four or five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The version of the solution being employed today is definitely scalable. 

How are customer service and technical support?

We work as a partner company with Oracle and have a representative in our region to whom we can appeal directly for collaboratively resolving any issues which may arise with our clients.

We are satisfied with the support. While we don't encounter issues on a daily basis, there has not been a single time that we have failed to resolve one when it has arisen. 

How was the initial setup?

The installation does not take long. They have provided a simplified edition on the hardware and database of the latest version of Oracle Database Appliance, a product I have recently installed. It is quite user friendly and makes things easier than has been the case in the last five years. With the improved installation, the solution is now easy to install.  

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing costs are on a yearly basis, although I am a technicican and am not involved in this process. This is in someone else's purview. 

What other advice do I have?

In NFC Cameroon the solution is deployed on-premises. When it comes to Oracle Database, certain companies are deployed on-cloud and others on-premises. We have yet to deploy on cloud. 

We have many clients, ranging from medium sized to very large. We have assisted more than ten clients in implementing the solution in our data center. 

I rate Oracle Database as an eight out of ten. 

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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Technical Development Lead at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to use with good performance and very good integrations
Pros and Cons
  • "The ease of use has been great."
  • "The product is pricey and expensive."

What is our primary use case?

Most of our applications are actually generating data on Oracle Database. They're connecting finance, HR, et cetera. Everything is on Oracle Database.

What is most valuable?

The stability has been very good. Its performance is excellent.

The ease of use has been great.

It's an excellent product. It's a pioneer.

The integration capabilities are very good.

What needs improvement?

The product is pricey and expensive. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using this product for well over a decade. We've used it for about 14 or 15 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the product is very good. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The product can scale. If a company needs to expand, it can do so.

We have both internal and external users. The amount of users ranges into the thousands. 

How are customer service and support?

We do use support. We actually pay for support and we have used them to assist us during implementation. They have been very helpful.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have a Microsoft SQL Server as well, however, a different team is working on it. I don't deal with it directly.

How was the initial setup?

While I did not actually implement the solution, I don't see where there would be any problem with the solution. 

We have a technical team of 20 to 30 people who can handle deployment and maintenance. 

What about the implementation team?

We have paid support. When we did an upgrade recently, we got support from Oracle in case there were any issues. They also offer support during installation.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This is quite an expensive product. It's not cheap.

We pay a yearly licensing fee to Oracle. 

What other advice do I have?

I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten. We've been very pleased with the solution over the years. 

If a company is considering implementing this solution, I would advise that they first look at their requirements. A company should look to see whether they actually need an Oracle Database or not as it's a costly solution. It may be possible that the unique company requirements may be able to be covered via a cheaper database. However, they won't know for sure until they properly do an evaluation.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Technical Specialist at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Partitioning is most valuable, and it is stable and fairly easy to set up
Pros and Cons
  • "Partitioning is most valuable."
  • "The setup for Enterprise Manager Grid Control can be a bit easier."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for OLTP and data warehouses. We're using versions 10, 11, 12, and 19.

What is most valuable?

Partitioning is most valuable.

What needs improvement?

The setup for Enterprise Manager Grid Control can be a bit easier.

The additional options are expensive. If you want to buy a rack, partitioning, diagnostics, or tuning, those options are expensive, but it is difficult to say if it is a negative or not. We've bought the product, and we use it.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Oracle Database for 30 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is really stable. Its stability is fine, but just don't make any changes. The more changes you make and the more developers you've got, the more unstable it's going to be. So, if you've got a stable environment in terms of development, then it has to be stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability depends on how much money you've got. It depends on the quality of your hardware. Scalability is not an Oracle problem.

In terms of the number of users, we have maybe 5,000 people who we can log on to one system and put in expense claims. We don't have plans to increase its usage.

How are customer service and support?

They're normal. We don't make many calls. We have maybe six calls a year with Oracle support, which is not a lot. Our environment is pretty stable. It is really stable, and we haven't had any outages. When it is smooth sailing, it is easy.

How was the initial setup?

I did the setup, and it was fairly easy. I have been doing it over the last 17 years.

What about the implementation team?

I did the setup. For its maintenance, one and a half people are enough.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

You buy it when you need it, and then you pay the maintenance. We bought the licenses over 10 years ago. We haven't changed our licenses. We are not buying new licenses, and we are not looking at other devices. So, it is difficult to say whether it is cheap or expensive. There is nothing to compare to.

The additional options, such as a rack, partitioning, diagnostics, or tuning, are expensive.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise making sure that you train properly. I would rate this solution an eight out of 10.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Mohamed_Farouk
Information Technology Manager at OrchidaSoft
Real User
Top 5
Easy to set up with lots of features and in general good to work with
Pros and Cons
  • "The initial setup isn't too difficult."
  • "The main issue with Oracle is the maintenance required."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution based on the requirements of a client.

How has it helped my organization?

We primarily use it for a client that has a huge amount of data and has another application that also has lots of data. It's very good at handling jobs that have huge datasets.  

What is most valuable?

I'm not a regular user of the solution.

It's a great product overall.

The initial setup isn't too difficult.

The product does have a lot of features. However, I've barely explored them.

What needs improvement?

The main issue with Oracle is the maintenance required. They should work to make it less maintenance-heavy. This is especially true if you are using it on Linux. You need more experience and skills in order to maintain it on Linux in general.

We've had corruption occur if the power gets cut off. We had a bad experience with some cases. However, this might have been due to our own infrastructure issues that have since been dealt with.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've used the solution for three or four years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution isn't widely used by our company. I'm the only one testing it. The people in our company don't use Oracle at all.

How are customer service and technical support?

I've never directly dealt with technical support. I cannot speak to how helpful or responsive they would be. Whenever I have a problem or issue, I google it and search for answers online. 

How was the initial setup?

While I don't have much personal experience, my understanding is that the initial setup isn't too difficult. It's pretty simple and straightforward.

In our organization, we don't use Oracle, aside from in labs. We use Oracle in our labs just for testing and connectivity. We have versions of Oracle in our labs and other SQL devices.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We don't really use the solution too much in the company and therefore don't have a license. We test it for customers. I can't speak to the licensing process or costs. 

What other advice do I have?

I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. It's mostly been a positive experience, working with the product.

Between Oracle and SQL, I would recommend SQL to other users and companies. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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