The time for virtual machine (VM)-only backup solutions is passing. Enterprise workloads and mission critical applications demand comprehensive tools to back up the mixed virtualized and non-virtualized infrastructures that have become the norm.
The two big kids on the block, Oracle Database and Microsoft SQL Server, both had significant releases this year. Oracle Database 11g is richer in features and more configurable than SQL Server, giving skilled DBAs more powerful capabilities -- though we love SQL Server's lower cost and manageability. Among the top new features in the gigantic 11g release, the killer combination of Active Data Guard and Real Application Testing make Oracle Database our hands-down winner.