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RE: Oracle, IBM fight of whose DB is more manageable

From: Niall Litchfield <>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 12:49:51 -0800
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Patrice writes
> When I took sociology they decried the use of what they
> called "policy science", where someone has an objective but
> wants to find the best way to get there. (e.g. "we want the
> best education system at a budget reduced by 15 percent."
> Then they turn around an talk about "improving" the education
> system, or medicare, or... you name it.) They do this a lot
> in public policy. They rarely ask: "What level of funding
> is ideal for delivery of the following standards of services?"

I, at the risk of seeming heretical - but hey I am an economics grad and was an accountant so I'm comfortable with that - find this unhelpful. The objective 'I have the following resources available to me - how can I best use them?' sounds correct to me. Your alternative question ' How many resources do I need to deliver the outcome x - changing how I provide x is not an option' sounds like a recipe for waste and inefficiency. Consider that Connor's excellent choose_a_hit_ratio script essentially asks 'what resources do I need for the following outcome?' and then consumes them.

> I still haven't seen an honest comparison of SQL Server vs.
> Oracle vs. DB2 vs. Informix vs. SyBase vs. MySQL that I can trust.

Here's mine of Oracle vs SQL Server. How honest it is you can judge yourself.

"Both will do most jobs, with Oracle excelling in the high-end, highly available marketplace. MSSQL costs far less, both in purchase and TCO and excels in the 2-4 processor predictable corporate environment without a HA requirement."



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