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SQL Server 2008 Compared to Oracle Database 11g

SQL Server 2008 Compared to Oracle Database 11g

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Microsoft SQL Server has steadily gained ground on other database systems and now surpasses the competition in terms of performance, scalability, security, developer productivity, business intelligence (BI), and compatibility with the 2007 Microsoft Office System. It achieves this at a considerably lower cost than does Oracle Database 11g.
Microsoft SQL Server has steadily gained ground on other database systems and now surpasses the competition in terms of performance, scalability, security, developer productivity, business intelligence (BI), and compatibility with the 2007 Microsoft Office System. It achieves this at a considerably lower cost than does Oracle Database 11g.

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Leaping Forward: SQL Server 2008Compared to Oracle Database 11g
White Paper 
Published: May 2008Updated: July 2008
Summary:
Microsoft SQL Server has steadily gained ground on other database systems and now surpasses the competition in terms of performance, scalability, security, developer productivity, business intelligence(BI), and compatibility with the 2007 Microsoft Office System. It achieves thisat a considerably lower cost than does Oracle Database 11g.For the latest information, seeMicrosoft SQL Server 2008.
Contents
Executive Summary....................................................................................................1Performance and Scalability.......................................................................................5Benchmarks............................................................................................................5Scalability Enhancements.......................................................................................6Independent Software Vendor Support..................................................................7Security.......................................................................................................................8Security Features....................................................................................................8Trustworthy Computing...........................................................................................8
 
 
Critical Security Vulnerabilities................................................................................8Update Infrastructure..............................................................................................9Preventing Highly Privileged Users from Accessing Data.......................................9Developer Productivity................................................................................................9Integrated Development Environment....................................................................9New Development Features.................................................................................10The Most Popular Application Platform.................................................................10Business Intelligence................................................................................................11Integrated Business Intelligence...........................................................................11Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for BI Platforms...........................................................11Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Warehousing.................................................11New BI Features...................................................................................................12Data Warehousing................................................................................................12Values for Teradata Customers............................................................................12Integration with the Microsoft Office System............................................................12Data-Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Office 2007.....................................................12Fastest-Growing BI Tool Vendor...........................................................................13Windows Server 2008..............................................................................................13Lower Total Cost of Ownership.............................................................................13Manageability........................................................................................................13Security.................................................................................................................13Partnerships..........................................................................................................14Total Cost of Ownership...........................................................................................14Conclusion................................................................................................................16
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Executive Summary
Microsoft
®
SQL Server 
®
2008 outperforms Oracle in the areas that matter toyour business. The following summarizes some of the mission-critical areas inwhich SQL Server 2008 excels.
Performance and Scalability
SQL Server scales to some of the world’s largest workloads, evidenced bystrongindustry standard benchmarkresults. Customers such as Unilever ,Citi, Barclays Capital, andMediterranean Shipping Company support their most mission-critical applications on SQL Server. Customersrunning SQL Server 2008,including large ISVs such asSiemensandRedPrairie,report excellent experiences with thelatest scalability enhancements. SQL Server isrecognized as Best Seller and Top Growth Best Seller byCRN Magazine.
Security
TheNational Vulnerability Database (NIST)reports over 330 critical securityvulnerabilities in Oracle database products over the last four years. Duringthat same period, SQL Server 2005 experienced ZERO vulnerabilities. Thisresult comes fromsecure engineering processesas part of theTrustworthy Computing Initiative, comprehensivesecurity features, and a robust Microsoft Update infrastructure. This winning combination reduces both security risksand patching downtime for customers. According to one expert, Oracle isfiveyearsbehind Microsoft in patch management. Computerworld reports thattwo-thirdsof Oracle DBAs do not apply security patches.
Developer Productivity
SQL Server works with MicrosoftVisual Studio
®
to help provide an integrateddevelopment experience, allowing developers to work in one environmentacross the client, mid-tier, and data-tier. SQL Server 2008 takes a step further withnew development features. In contrast, Oracle’s array of tools and SDKs,assembled via acquisition, require developers to learn and work acrossnumerous interfaces. In fact, IDC reports that Microsoft is thenumber oneapplication technology platform of choice.
Business Intelligence
SQL Server is part of the Microsoftintegrated B usiness Intelligence platform,which spans data warehousing, analytics and reporting, score carding,planning, and budgeting. SQL Server is in the Leader’s quadrant in bothGartner’sMagic Quadrant for BI PlatformsandMagic Quadrant for Data Warehousing. SQL Server 2008 introduces more innovation with newdatawarehousingandbusiness intelligencefeatures. According to Oracle’slatest price list,the company currently charges up to an additional 800% or more ontop of their base database fees for similar functionalities.
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