Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Head in the Clouds

OK, so a while back I wrote a post about how Oracle doensn’t build as much of a community as MS.  And not only do I stand by it, but I’ve seen quite a few of the replies around the internet and those Oracle guys amaze me even to this day.

They spend an awful lot of time talking about how much better Oracle is than mssql and how much more stable it is and how much more Oracle users expect from their DBs because they tend to be more important than mssql DBs.  Also, Oracle DBs have more users going against them than mssql DBs so more people are affected when they do go down so Oracle DBAs have to be more on the ball because their users expect more uptime.  Whereas mssql DBAs’ users expect more downtime so the DBAs don’t have to hurry as much to get the system back up because that downtime is expected. 

Man, talk about having your head in the clouds.  I can’t believe that in this day and age that people are still so incredibly blind.  Do they really think that mssql has taken the market by storm because there are so many people with little insignificant DBs and they just don’t wanna pay for Oracle on these tiny little things.  It’s not under dispute that Oracle outshines mssql in some areas.  They’ve been around longer and they’ve had more time to bake their product.  But that doesn’t make mssql a slouch either.  I know you guys know this all too well.  Some of the biggest and most important DBs on the planet are on mssql and they require just as much uptime as those super-important Oracle DBs.

To make such statements is not only ludicrous, it’s just childish.  It’s like saying that linux apps are more important than windows apps.  Grow up guys.

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ScrappyLaptop said...

Hey, ease up...they are the descendants of the original mainframe programmers!

The platform that they run on (assuming Oracle over *nix) really *is* more robust and together they do offer better performance and security in theory and in practice. So, for those ethereal 5% that work gigantic shops with 24/7 worldwide uptime and data so large the hardware is custom built at the board level, I say "more power to ya". But...it doesn't sound like fun anymore...those shops tend to be in corporations (and industries) that while impressive on a resume are mind numbingly dull and change is plotted years ahead of time to the nth degree to better plan the printing of the binders (and no, I don't have that backward).

Don't forget that a lot of those Oracle dba's are no longer working for Oracle shops for one reason or another. Mr. Ellison's net worth has dropped so much he is *gasp!* no longer the highest paid US exec...

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