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Comparative Management Costs Study: Oracle Database 11g Vs. Microsoft SQL Server 2008

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Executive Summary

This paper is the latest in a series of Comparative Management Cost Studies (CMCS) comparing Oracle Database with database management systems offered by other leading enterprise software vendors. This edition of the study compares Microsoft SQL Server 2008 with Oracle Database 11g. Following the same approach taken in the earlier studies, Edison Group set up a laboratory environment to analyze a suite of standard RDBMS administrative tasks, and measured their respective management efficiency (time taken to complete tasks) and their complexity based on a proprietary manageability metric. Using the management efficiency results, Edison Group calculated the annual savings for businesses due to the enhanced DBA productivity that would result from using the product with superior manageability.

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