Its easy installation, self-tuning capabilities, graphical administration, integrated business intelligence and extensive collection of help wizards
The total cost of ownership (TCO) of SQL Server 2005 is lower than that of Oracle
Specialised index on a computed column
Locking and concurrency: SQL Server has no multi-version consistency model, which means that "writers block readers and readers block writers" to ensure data integrity
Performance and tuning:
a. DBA has no "real" control over sorting and cache memory allocation. The memory allocation is decided only globally in the server properties memory folder, and that applies for ALL memory and not CACHING, SORTING, etc.
b. All pages (blocks) are always 8k and all extents are always 8 pages (64k). This means you have no way to specify larger extents to ensure contiguous space for large objects.
c. In SQL Server, no range partitioning of large tables and indexes. In Oracle, a large 100 GB table can be seamlessly partitioned at the database level into range partitions.
With SQL Server 2005, INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements are executed serially (MERGE is not supported).
you can use Oracle on multiple platforms. Whereas Microsoft created SQL Server to be used on the Microsoft platform only, Oracle is available on multiple platforms, including Windows, Unix and now Linux, which is the foundation of Oracle's Real Application Clusters (RAC) strategy.
Locking and concurrency: "readers don't block writers and writers don't block readers." This is possible without compromising data integrity because Oracle will dynamically re-create a read-consistent image for a reader of any requested data that has been changed but not yet committed. In other words, the reader will see the data as it was before the writer began changing it (until the writer commits).
Oracle will execute INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, and MERGE statements in parallel when accessing both partitioned and non-partitioned database objects
"Implementation of something similar to MSSQL Identity by using Oracle sequence would require reflecting the sequence name in the application or creating a trigger for each table/sequence pair.
Cost is higher
Required skilled DBA.
concurrency control. The main differences are summarized in the table below:
Oracle Database 10g SQL Server 2005
Multi-version read consistency Always enabled. Not by default.
Must be enabled.
Non-escalating row-level locking Yes Locks escalate
SQL Server 2005 introduces two new isolation levels3:
read committed with snapshots (statement-level read consistency)
snapshot isolation (transaction-level read consistency)
These isolation levels correspond to Oracle’s READ COMMITTED and SERIALIZABLE isolation levels, respectively