When it comes to database solutions you are likely to have a favourite. A platform that you trained on, have worked with extensively and/or one that, in your mind, is superior to all others. And when it comes to tech giants, chances are you are either in camp Oracle or camp Microsoft.
But as anyone in tech knows, the landscape – and the technology in it – can change quickly. So it is useful to regularly review your assumptions – particularly if you still think that the Oracle platform is the premium solution.
Microsoft has invested heavily in the evolution of SQL Server and continues to do so. The most recent update features include automatic database tuning, new graph database capabilities and memory-optimized object enhancements, just to name a few.
If that’s not enough to encourage you to take another look at Microsoft SQL Server, here are some common myths surrounding the Oracle database platform. Do you still subscribe to any of them?
Myth 1. Oracle has better security features. Not true.
Microsoft SQL Server has been rated the most secure database platform by the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the last 7 years in a row. It is designed to allow database administrators and developers to create secure database applications and counter threats.
Myth 2. Oracle provides superior data analytics. Not true.
Microsoft SQL Server is the only database platform that has built-in artificial intelligence that allows for Python, R and machine learning natively. Compute billions of rows of data using in-database and parallelized processing. No additional servers or hardware required.
Myth 3. Oracle is a faster and better platform. Not true.
Microsoft SQL Server leads in terms of industry performance. It is currently rated number 1 as judged against the international TPC-E and TPC-H standards, while Oracle is ranked fifth. Microsoft SQL Server can help you achieve exponential performance gains with the speed of its in-memory online transaction processing.
Myth 4. Oracle is a more advanced Database System. Not true.
In its latest Magic Quadrant report for Operational Database Management Systems, Gartner positioned the Microsoft DBMS furthest in completeness of vision and highest for ability to execute. Microsoft is not resting on its laurels though, and continues to improve the SQL Server offering.
Myth 5. Oracle is Cheaper to run. Not true.
Microsoft SQL Server is a feature complete data platform which – unlike Oracle – does not require you to pay for each additional feature. It also has the same pricing structure no matter which cloud platform you choose. Microsoft SQL Server provides the leading Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Oracle is over 11x more expensive to run. Find out how much you could save.
When it comes to Microsoft SQL Server – the business case just makes sense
If database security, superior data analytics and performance are important to you, take a closer look at what Microsoft SQL Server has to offer.
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