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Oracle10g competes with SQL Server

Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting
March 9, 2004

In a new turn of events, Oracle10g reduced prices of Oracle 10g standard edition one, in what will likely be a clobbering of Microsoft's SQL Server product.

Oracle10g - Better Price

Oracle10g now has super-competitive pricing, making it a no-brainer decision when compared to the less robust SQL Server database:,289142,sid41_gci948364,00.html

According to Rob Westervelt of SearchOracle:

"The price for 10g Standard Edition One is $4,995 per processor, and the maximum server capacity has been extended to two processors. An alternate pricing plan offers Standard Edition One for $149 per user, with a minimum of five users.  The price of Oracle's Standard Edition will remain at $15,000 per processor. The price for the company's Enterprise Edition has not changed; it costs $40,000 per processor."

Oracle10g - Better Features

Oracle already the easiest to manage database with Oracle10g, and Oracle claims that it is so easy to install and configure that a 12-year-old child can do it.  In a brilliant strategy, Oracle10g continues to be the world's most complex database, but the new automation features hide the complexity.  These automation features are fully described in Mike Ault's new book on Oracle10g New Features:

Oracle 10g Oracle10g Automatic Workload Repository - The Automatic Workload Repository (AWR) defaults to a collection interval every 30 minutes and collects data that is the foundation for all of the other self-tuning features.

Automatic Maintenance Tasks - The Automatic Maintenance Tasks (AMT) automate the routine tasks of refreshing statistics as they become stale, and rebuilding indexes when they become sub-optimal.

Automatic Database Diagnostic Monitor - The Automatic Database Diagnostic Monitor (ADDM) analyzes the AWR data, much the same as a human DBA would analyze a STATSPACK report. ADDM searches for lock and latch contention, file I/O bottlenecks, and SGA shortages just like a human DBA.

SQL Tuning Adviser - The SQL Tuning Advisor (STA) works with the Automatic Tuning Optimizer (ATO) to analyze historical SQL workload (using data from the AWR), and generates recommendations for new indexes and materialized views that will reduce the disk I/O associated with troublesome SQL statements.

Server-Generated Alerts - Server Generated Alerts (SGA) interface with the OS to send e-mail messages when an external problem is impeding Oracle performance.

Automatic Memory Management - The Automated Memory Management (AMM) component manages the RAM inside the System Global Area, much the same way as the automatic PGA management feature in Oracle9i (pga_aggregate_target) automates the sort and hash areas with PGA RAM.

Automatic Storage Management - The Automatic Storage Management (ASM) features allow the automatic stripe-and-mirror everywhere approach to be used for automatically load balancing the disk I/O sub-system, and removes the need for the DBA to specify physical file locations when allocating a tablespace.

For more 10g new features information, you may want Mike Ault's best-selling book Oracle Database 10g new features.  It's 30% off at this link and you get immediate access to the working 10g scripts.




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