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TCO advantage: Oracle or DB2 for an SAP installation?

Is there a TCO or cost/technical advantage of choosing Oracle or DB2 for mid-sized SAP installations?

Please disregard the Basis skill-set, as Oracle and DB2 are in use. We need to choose one over the other.

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It's hard to say in general which is more advantageous for the mid-size customer. The fact that both require database admin resources means that they can be less than ideal for the lower-end of the SAP mid-sized customer base.

Clearly, Oracle gives you a wider choice of hardware, and that might be an isssue for your company. But in general I believe that, aside from the skill-set issue, neither one has an advantage over the other.

This was first published in September 2005

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