Systems Engineering and RDBMS

Oracle 11g vs SQL Server 2008 comparison

Posted by decipherinfosys on July 8, 2008

Here is a whitepaper from Microsoft about comparisons between SQL Server 2008 and Oracle 11g:

It’s from Microsoft so obviously the comparison is more geared towards favoring how well SQL Server 2008 is positioned as compared to Oracle 11g.  Oracle has a similar comparison whitepaper but with SQL Server 2005.  It will be interesting to see and read their comparison with SQL Server 2008 whenever that is made public.

12 Responses to “Oracle 11g vs SQL Server 2008 comparison”

  1. Vadim said

    Here is some Oracle’s view.

  2. The link is here:

  3. polo said

    Bla bla bla from Oracle ! Replication, clustering ans so on are just dreams for 95% database users. The real world is simpler: we just want ONE database (per environment) and we want this database simple, fast, reliable. SQL Server fills the gap. End of story.

  4. Even if you use single database or dozens of them, SQL Server is no match for Oracle DB. If you say, Oracle is expensive; that’s logical. But if the money is the issue, you can use PostgreSQL (completely free) or EnterpriseDB (which is a variant of PostgreSQL). If you want something simple, there is always other solutions such as MySQL, BerkeleyDB, HSQLDB, etc…

  5. Greg Krohne said

    Oracle is only more expensive if you completely ignore the cost of Windows Server when hosting SQL Server. Oracle 11g on Enterprise Linux is far cheaper than SQL Server 2008 on Windows Server 2008.

  6. ronron said

    Greg, Cagatay – SQL Server license per 8 core CPU: $25K, Win2008 Server: $13K — $25+$13= $38K. Oracle Licensing per 8 core CPU: $488K + RedHatEnterprise: $13K = $501K, half a million dollars. Wow. I see your point. Oracle is far cheaper.

  7. ronron said

    ORACLE spelled backward: El Caro (“the expensive one”)

  8. zareh said

    infact you can not compare this to product in a same business
    because for high volume transaction business you have to use
    high performance db and i think in bussines like banking and
    telecomunication still you cant use sqlserver 2008
    becuse in high volume trabsaction dataserver conceptual of ASM and RAC and also server side connection pooling is very very important and so i think still for high volum transaction business oracle is number one

    • You should read the latest SQL Server Magazine which has an interview with the MySpace team which runs on SQL Server. Infact, they went live on SQL Server 2000 when they started. Both Oracle and MS SQL Server are wonderful RDBMS.

  9. Hi Everybody,

    The War Will continue between Oracle & Microsoft but the point is usability of the environment.Any how the MS-SQL Server is not platform independent but Oracle is the other way if going brand wise. But their are database said above like MySQL which also working fine and also free for developers like us.

    Even I m also confuse on the issue because nowadays any application must be developed such a way that it can be accessible from any platform without any hassle.

  10. Joe said

    I know this thread is a bit stale and my question is off topic, but I like that people here seem to be equally matched Oracle vs Microsoft.

    So here’s my somewhat related question: Can anyone come up with or point me to an accurate cost and features comparison for Oracle’s Collaboration Suite vs. MS Exchange w/Outlook?

    I’m interested as this is constantly being discussed at my company. I prefer Outlook Exchange as it natively integrates with everything else in MS Office. Cost, OS flexibility and an anti-Microsoft bias seem to be the arguments for Oracle.

  11. Visi said

    To Joe,

    Forget Oracle’s Collaboration Suite. It’s an Old product. Oracle does not work on it anymore. They used it internally, but now they’ve switched to Zimbra.


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