Disclaimer: I am not an expert on Oracle RDBMS licensing. Please verify any and all licensing statements about IBM or Oracle before relying on them. I am likely biased towards IBM, having based my career on them, but am not an IBM employee.
The logical view of a database consists of the standard objects in any RDBMS – Tables, Indexes, etc. There are a number of layers of abstraction between this and the physical hardware level, both in the OS and within DB2.
I was reviewing my many hundreds of slides that I use when training DBAs, and realized that some of my “Basics” slides might lead to good blog topics. My single most popular blog post ever is “How to Catalog a Database”, which is part of my “Basics” series of slides. While directed at Newbies, I bet any of my more experienced readers could find things to argue about, contribute to, or discuss as well, especially on this topic – “What is an Instance?”.
I read an article on a flaw in Oracle that was recently discovered. It had to do with the SCN number that is constantly increasing in any database:
So I’m obviously biased in favor of DB2, but here are a few things that have surprised me to learn are different in Oracle. Terminology differences are rampant. This list is a bit scattered as it’s mostly a brain dump, but maybe something here can help someone.
So as I may have mentioned before, I’m learning Oracle. I’ve always been a DB2 DBA, having started out as strictly a Physical/Systems DBA. Thus SQL is a skill I’ve built very slowly, over time. I thought the hardest test for DB2 certification was the ‘Family Fundamentals’ one, because it focused so heavily on SQL and other things I didn’t do day-in and day-out at the time.
So I’m obviously biased on this. I’ve been a DB2 DBA for 10 years and believe in DB2 very strongly. Some of my biases against Oracle may be completely unfounded. I’m actually learning Oracle so I can support clients who insist upon using it.