Oracle vs SQL Server

Time Savings and Ease of Deployment Comparison Study

As the amount and importance of corporate data grows, companies of all sizes are finding that they increasingly need to deploy high-availability database solutions to support their business-critical applications. High DBA workloads have made the ease with which these systems can be installed, administered and supported an important consideration in their selection.

The purpose of this study was to conduct comparison testing between Oracle Database Appliance and Microsoft SQL Server in order to determine the productivity differences between these two solutions. A significant portion of the cost of owning a DBMS is the cost in time and dollars of performing daily management. This study focused on Oracle’s answer to these issues with the recent addition to its family of engineered systems, Oracle Database Appliance. This two-node clustered database server seeks to reduce, and even remove, the primary cost factors of installation and initial deployment, maintenance, and support. ORC had a unique opportunity to evaluate this product in its early rollout stages and measured the amount of time savings this appliance gives back to an administration team, while still maintaining high availability within a database infrastructure.

ORC’s research determined that a DBA would save 835 hours in the first year of system implementation using Oracle Database Appliance rather than SQL Server, and 669 hours in each subsequent year of the system’s life. Given these dramatic productivity savings, Oracle Database Appliance is a choice that makes sense for any organization looking to increase the availability of its databases.

Time savings provided by Oracle Database Appliance were particularly striking in the critical area of ongoing system maintenance.

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Oracle Database Appliance therefore saves customers significant time compared to SQL Server by greatly simplifying previously time-consuming DBA tasks. It offers high availability and reliability to customers for their mission-critical business applications, while at the same time providing exceptional ease of use.

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