Future of Oracle RDBMS?

From: Helma <helma.vinke_at_hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2010 16:49:36 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <543ac01f-c03a-4a2c-a0b7-a9d0dcad82d9_at_o30g2000yqb.googlegroups.com>

I wonder what your thoughts are about the future of the Oracle RDBMS. I read a lot of sentiment on the web against Oracle - and I see that several of my coworkers are affected too. Reasons are for example:
  • Oracle licenses are expensive, I have seen several projects only for 'consolidations' in number of installed databases, and I have heard a few managers wondering on how to switch to MSSQL. This MSSQL is moving opposite direction and get more advanced every new version. ( Specially the BI tools of sql2008 were impressive to me).
  • Oracle corp. seems to ignore its customers on support issues ( e.g. Metalink, Oracle kills free support blog and Twitter account (see: http://blogs.zdnet.com/Howlett/?p=1761 ).
  • I've read ( but not witnessed firsthand) about oracle's audits - sometimes described as a Machiavellian way to raise the 22% extra maintenance fees oracle gets.

And, but thats perhaps a local issue - I see more MSSQL jobs than Oracle ones. And a know a few unemployed Oracle DBA's, yes...

To sum up, it seems that the Oracle RDBMS is losing appeal. Do you feel the same?

HV Received on Sun Mar 21 2010 - 18:49:36 CDT

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