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I was wondering the same thing. Our startup currently uses it when doing research on data sets, but it's a db I don't hear about very often when talking about startups. I'm assuming a big factor is price.



I use to work with Oracle daily (previous job) and now I use MySQL mostly with some Postgres and SQLServer at times (lots of client work).

I would say all these databases are worthwhile as long as the DBA is competent. Given that, unless you have a reason to choose Oracle (e.g. familiarity, integration with other applications, a specific Oracle only feature, contractual obligation), I see no reason to choose Oracle. Many companies choose Oracle because Oracle built a solid database/brand early on while catering to big businesses. MySQL and Postgres made great progress in the past decade make them valid alternatives.

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The licensing is really an issue, especially when you get into the higher-end. They don't charge per computer, they charge per CPU. So you'll have to pay 4x as much in a dual CPU system (I'm not sure if they have a similar licensing structure for dual-core or quad-core systems)

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Yeah, Oracle is mostly used by bigger companies.

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