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Oracle Database as a Service vs. SQL Azure
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Database as a Service vs. SQL Azure and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"My impression of the scalability of Oracle Database as a Service is very high.""The scalability and high availability are the most valuable features of Oracle DaaS.""The most valuable feature is the integration into other Oracle applications.""You can be up and running the same day.""The most valuable feature of Oracle Database as a Service is its use as a provisioning database.""If the solution is installed in your environment correctly, you are not going to have any issues whatsoever. It's problem-free."

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"I am very happy with this solution; right now, I don't think there is anything I would change.""SQL Azure can integrate well with other Microsoft Windows services.""We have come from hosting on-premise for customers, or they've done it themselves with SQL. We've now taken a cloud offering for the equivalent services of standard database management and the inbuilt backup and restore offerings. The scalability is probably the biggest feature that we are benefiting from by being in the cloud.""What I like the most is the processes and the easiness of deployments.""We primarily and generally use it only for DB purposes. When it comes to the Azure part, we can easily provision, scale up, and scale down the generator machine. This kind of flexibility is the USP of SQL Azure. Its interface and ease of use are also valuable. It is very easy to use and integrate with multiple databases. If I need to pull in or import some data from my on-premises database, the ease with which you can connect and pull the data, not only from SQL Server but also from other flavors of MySQL or even Oracle, is very good.""The most valuable feature is PolyBase.""We like the ease of integrating it with our on-premises environment. We use a hybrid model. We have a SQL Server on-premises, and we have an integration with the cloud version. We do CPU or disk intensive processes on-premises. For accessibility, we offload onto the cloud. When you do a lot of IO and things like that in the cloud, Microsoft charges for the CPU activity.""It's the type of product that doesn't need much technical support assistance as it works seamlessly."

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Cons
"The licensing model is complicated and should be simplified.""When migrating to a different instance, the internal machine learning is lost.""I have had a hard time finding some documentation. There should provide easier accessible documentation for Oracle Database as a Service.""One of the things that I have noticed is that there are some services that will give you a hard time during implementation if you are looking at the documentation of Oracle. Sometimes the documentation information is quite limited. It's an aspect of the solution they could improve.""The initial setup is complex. This is not a really easy solution. It is very large, so it's hard to install, but it's not impossible.""Earlier, the interface was continuously changing. Features you used would be moved somewhere else, so it was a little challenging to navigate, but now I think it's stable."

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"I would like to the solutions scalability to be improved.""From a security perspective, although their features are decent, they can always be improved upon, updated, and refined to help protect clients better.""It would help if the solution was more secure.""Price definitely will be the negative point. It is quite expensive.""The solution could improve by supporting more operating systems.""I would like to see integration with Snowflake.""What would make SQL Azure better is users having the capability of managing the database solution from the cloud, instead of having to do it from an actual machine because currently, database management via SQL Azure is done on a virtual machine or a PC. The solution should have the data functionality of managing SQL databases inside the cloud.""Lack of flexibility for developers in terms of performance assistance."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing is a little bit expensive."
  • "The price of Oracle Database as a Service could be better."
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  • "It is expensive for us. We are looking for something less expensive and thinking of migrating the whole system."
  • "It is reasonable."
  • "It is quite expensive. I would definitely recommend not using the pay-as-you-go model because this will just mean all your money will go to Microsoft. So, really make sure to control resource usage as much as possible."
  • "It's reasonably priced and when you compare it with other products in the cloud environment, it's cheaper."
  • "I have an annual spend number, and it is in the hundred thousand dollar range. There are no additional costs to the standard licensing fees. Even though you have to look at the cost numbers of what you're going to be charged on a monthly basis, what you have to also remember is that your application may need a lot of rewriting and things like that. You get charged not just for the monthly costs but also for the transactions that occur. If your access to the data layer is not so efficient, your costs will go up because you're pulling far more data than you potentially need. These are hidden costs that nobody ever considers. If your application is not written very efficiently, you may actually increase your costs over on-prem versus cloud."
  • "It is expensive. Snowflake and PostgreSQL are cheaper than this. Google is also cheaper than Azure. Its licensing is on a pay-as-you-go basis. It is based on usage and storage."
  • "It requires a license. As compared to its competitors, such as Oracle, it is affordable and reasonable."
  • "There is a license required to use the solution and it cost $30 to do the installation."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The scalability and high availability are the most valuable features of Oracle DaaS.
    Top Answer:Earlier, the interface was continuously changing. Features you used would be moved somewhere else, so it was a little challenging to navigate, but now I think it's stable.
    Top Answer:Our primary use case for this Oracle solution is as the repository for applications developed in-house. I'm a software and integration architect and we are customers of Oracle.
    Top Answer:Because the solution is cloud-based it's highly manageable, it makes maintenance of logs, space, storage and backups much easier compared to a traditional SQL server installation.
    Top Answer:With one being expensive and five being competitive, I would give the product a four out of five as it's relatively competitive. It is also important to note that pricing is based on usage.
    Top Answer:If the product could support applications requiring an SQL server for installation, by using SQL Azure as a backend, that would be useful.
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    Also Known As
    Oracle DBaaS, Oracle Database Cloud
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    Overview
    Oracle Database Cloud Service combines the power of Oracle Database, with the unique capabilities of the Oracle Cloud. The service provides a secure, automated data management platform that leverages on demand Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services via a simple web based user interface and RESTful API. Oracle Database Cloud Service provides elastic database services for development, test, and production environments of custom and packaged online transaction processing (OLTP), data warehousing, and mixed workload applications. It enables businesses to reap all Oracle Platform as a Service (PaaS) benefits including subscriptionbased, self-service access to reliable, scalable, and elastic cloud environments and accelerates time to value by simplifying the provisioning and administration of Oracle databases.
    Microsoft Azure SQL Database is a relational database-as-a-service that delivers predictable performance, scalability, business continuity, data protection, and near-zero administration to cloud developers and solution architects. This is the deep technical library for Azure SQL Database.
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    Sample Customers
    Solution-Soft, DX Marketing, Suredell and Partners, Frontiers, SettleOurEstate.com, Demand Analysis Ltd, endlich IT & Projekt Service OHG
    adnymics GmbH, LG CNS, Centrebet, netfabb GmbH, MedPlast, Accelera Solutions, Sochi Organizing Committee, realzeit GmbH
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company37%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Media Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Non Profit9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Retailer6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise37%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise75%
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    Small Business52%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise37%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Oracle Database as a Service vs. SQL Azure
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Database as a Service vs. SQL Azure and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Oracle Database as a Service is ranked 4th in Database as a Service with 6 reviews while SQL Azure is ranked 1st in Database as a Service with 42 reviews. Oracle Database as a Service is rated 9.0, while SQL Azure is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Oracle Database as a Service writes "Scalable with good analysis and diagnosis functionality". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SQL Azure writes "Scalability is the biggest benefit, and it has been available when we needed it". Oracle Database as a Service is most compared with Amazon RDS, Google Cloud SQL, MongoDB Atlas and Google Cloud Spanner, whereas SQL Azure is most compared with Google Cloud SQL, Amazon RDS, MongoDB Atlas and Google Cloud Spanner. See our Oracle Database as a Service vs. SQL Azure report.

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