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EnterpriseDB, a support and services company for database PostgreSQL, has launched what it calls a "risk-free" approach to migrating applications from Oracle's database to the open source relational system. One analyst said it came at a time when many Oracle customers "may finally be ready to move" away from Big Red's near- …

  1. b0llchit Silver badge

    Getting to real magic

    From a licensing perspective, however, just because you use less Oracle doesn't mean you will spend less on Oracle...

    There is no "less" in oracle. It is an all or nothing deal. Oracle will happily charge you the same amount until you quit the contract. Therefore, the real reason must be to become absolutely free of oracle. There is only one way forward and that is a life without oracle. Port your application(s) and get rid of those strangling oracle contracts.

  2. trevorde Silver badge

    When less is more

    "From a licensing perspective, however, just because you use less Oracle doesn't mean you will spend less on Oracle. It will be really important for anyone participating in this program to carefully navigate their Oracle usage, contracts, and compliance."

    Those super yachts don't buy themselves!

  3. trevorde Silver badge

    I'm really happy with Oracle

    Said no one ever

  4. Morten Bjoernsvik

    dont forget the audit

    And this stupid audit every time you try to reduce the Oracle footprint.

    Is there no license manager that takes care of this so you only run what you have license for?

    I've used the free version Oracle Express 1core/4GB ram/16GB disk for porting away from oracle.

    I had a hard time with the native blobs format, different from DB2 and MSSQL the blob format seems to be some oracle internal.

    Since then I always store binaries as raw strings in cblobs. Someone says it has a performance penalty, but it makes oracle way more portable.

    Oracle give you Golden Gate for free. So my DBA love it and cant it praise it enough. But it is a major part of the lockin strategy.

    1. donk1

      Re: dont forget the audit


      What do you mean "with the native blobs format"? Surely you just use standard APIs to access binary blobs?



  5. Sudosu Bronze badge

    Oh oh

    You said Oracle, your bill for $100k is in the mail.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    If you’ve built a custom app on Oracle and not Postgres….

    Enterprises don’t need this, the reason to use an Oracle DB is solely for the Oracle applications which are only certified with it, and these are the needs that Oracle milk.

    Databases are ten a penny and Oracle, while still having some good stuff, don’t have good enough stuff to make it worth it so the only reason to use it is to tick the “supported configuration” box on a Programme Management spreadsheet- although that’s no guarantee that Oracle won’t change the supported configuration if a bug is found, speaking from experience

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Yep. PostgreSQL has been able to run the oracle code for decades.

      But importing proprietary oracle code is a no no.

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