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Study Confirms: Oracle Database Appliance Offers Big Savings Over SQL Server

A recent study from ORC International provides an in-depth look at the productivity differences between Oracle Database Appliance and SQL Server. The study found that productivity savings with Oracle Database Appliance were dramatic.

Oracle Database Appliance: Save as Much as 835 Hours in the First Year
Since a significant portion of the cost associated with owning a database management system (DBMS) is the time—and consequently the budget—spent on performing daily or routine management tasks, the study compared the systems in several key areas, including installation and initial deployment, maintenance, and support.

Installation and Initial Deployment
Oracle Database Appliance reduces—and in some cases even removes—the primary cost factors of installation and initial deployment. In the ORC study, the findings were dramatic: a DBA using Oracle Database Appliance versus SQL Server saves
  • 835 hours in the first year of system implementation
  • 669 hours in each subsequent year of the system’s life
Ongoing Maintenance
In the critical area of ongoing maintenance, where administrators spend the bulk of their time, Oracle Database Appliance roared through the set of typical tasks evaluated, accomplishing them in a fraction of the time it took to complete them using SQL Server.
  • Oracle Database Appliance: 19.8 hours
  • SQL Server: 592.8 hours
Tasks evaluated included verifying patch compatibility; patching and verifying firmware, the operating system, and the RDBMS; and testing the unique configuration.

Backup and Recovery
In the vital area of backup and recovery, Oracle Database Appliance again outstripped the competition.
  • Oracle Database Appliance: 12 hours
  • SQL Server: 76 hours
Support tasks performed included running Oracle Database Appliance Manager for diagnostics and support, communicating with vendors to verify the environment, locating and gathering log files for each component and vendor, and sending logs with details to each vendor.

The report’s authors conclude that “given these dramatic productivity savings, Oracle Database Appliance is a choice that makes sense for any organization looking to increase the availability of its midsize databases. [The results] highlight how much more effective a DBA is when operating Oracle Database Appliance rather than SQL Server.”

Read the full report for more detailed findings.
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