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NEW STUDY: Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Much Easier to Manage, Less Complex Than Sybase ASE 15.7

An April 2012 study from ORC International, Database Manageability and Productivity Cost Comparison Study: Oracle Database 11g Release 2 vs. SAP Sybase ASE 15.7, found significant differences in the database management and productivity costs between the two systems. The study calculated the relative management and productivity savings that an organization might expect to gain or lose when implementing the compared database management systems.

According to the report, “In the comparison of the two systems, we found the Oracle DBA to be much more productive than the Sybase DBA.” The ORC authors explained further, “Sybase ASE 15.7 cannot be compared on any level of problem diagnosis with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 without the installation and configuration of third-party or custom built tools.”

The ORC authors noted that the actual cost of database manageability is measured in productivity costs and step complexity in four categories of routine DBA tasks. The study measured tasks such as initial database setup, routine daily administrative tasks, backup and recovery, as well as performance and tuning tasks. The report concluded that Oracle DBAs and IT organizations can
  • Perform administrative tasks 71 percent faster than Sybase ASE 15.7
  • Take 43 percent fewer steps for the same set of standard routine functions versus Sybase ASE 15.7
  • Increase productivity and save businesses up to US$85,200 per year per DBA by using Oracle Database 11g Release 2 instead of Sybase ASE 15.7
ORC calculated that backup and recovery, and tuning take up 55 percent of a DBA’s time. “Oracle Database 11g Release 2 exceeded Sybase ASE 15.7 in these areas by 87 percent in average time saved, and offered 67 percent in average complexity savings.”

Download the full ORC International report.

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