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Confessions of an ex-Oracle customer: "The costs were phenomenal"

A small financial services company from the USA spoke about its difficulty scaling its business using the Oracle RAC database, saying that reliance on the vendor was quickly pushing it into the red.

Speaking at M18 - the customer conference for the open source database MariaDB - William Wood, director of database architecture at Financial Network said: "We looked into extending our Oracle footprint but the cost meant we wouldn't be able to provide a competitive cost base using Oracle, so we started looking at other solutions."

Financial Network is an American SaaS company providing loan origination and credit decisioning services to more than 20,000 customers, mostly other financial services companies.

It is currently running Oracle RAC databases on a 2 node cluster, one for dev/test and one for production, but the need to scale quickly led to astronomical costs for a company of its size.

"Your Oracle licence is based by processor. That's not very scalable from an economic, fiscal standpoint," Wood said.

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