Integration Cloud is more focused on event-driven integration models. It is also an OCI native service.
ODI is primarily suited to bulk data activities such as data loads, data migration. Now ODI has two flavours: native OCI with a small feature set aimed at enabling cloud migration and then the traditional ODI.
The traditional version is the same product as used on-premise but packaged to run a VM. As a result, it is offered on the Oracle cloud marketplace.
Oracle Integration Cloud Service has a fairly easy initial setup, and Oracle offers initial support and guidance for those who might find the setup to be challenging. There are complications that come up, though, as far as integrating and maintaining the system. Organizations that choose this product will need to bring experts on board to oversee the security and system administration. Those aspects are so complex that to keep the system running smoothly and effectively, you need to employ people who know the proper IT procedures to manage them. Ultimately, an organization will have to make additional investments to get proper use out of Oracle Integration Cloud Service.
Oracle Data Integrator offers a comparable level of set up complexity to Oracle Integration Cloud Service. The program for the initial setup does offer step-by-step instructions which make deployment easier. However, additional software such as Agent Setup is required for ODI to function fully. Therefore, while an organization can follow a guide to set up ODI, additional steps beyond the initial deployment are necessary before one can use the product fully.
Oracle Integration Cloud Service offers different pricing models for their licenses. Among the easiest for businesses to deal with is a pay-as-you-go option. This provides organizations with great flexibility in choosing what they want to pay and the type of services that they want to receive. Organizations will be able to spend their resources more effectively when they control the prices that they are paying.
ODI has a price which is not exactly the most expensive solution on the market. However, it is not the cheapest either. There is no flexibility in ODI’s pricing like there is for Oracle Integration Cloud Service. Organizations really only have two options: they can pay the price or use another product. ODI does not allow for the kind of customization that Oracle Integration Cloud Service offers.
Oracle Integration Cloud Service and Oracle Data Integrator are comparable as far as the difficulty that an organization might have in setting them and deploying them. In both cases additional resources are needed after the initial setup stages in order to get them set up properly. The area in which they truly differ is in the ability of Oracle Integration Cloud Service to be customized, both in terms of price and in terms of services obtained. ODI lacks this flexibility.