MS SQL server vs. Oracle (in ArcSDE)

Discussion created by ksi.urp.ku on Oct 8, 2013
Latest reply on Oct 8, 2013 by vangelo-esristaff
Hi everyone,

I am going to start using ArcSDE. But as I am totally new, I'd be really grateful to you if you please be kind enough to answer the following questions-

1. Which one is more user friendly for the beginners (MS SQL server, Oracle, or which one)
2. Technology often changes too rapidly. I should start using which I should be able to use for a long time (1. ESRI should keep supporting the product for at least next ten years. 2. the product should be supported by its mother organization Microsoft and Oracle etc.)
3. What is the data storage capacity of MS SQL server and Oracle. Which one is better in spatial indexing? why?
4. What sort of programming capability shall I need? I am planning to start learning Python.

I'll be anxiously waiting to hear from you.

Thanks and regards,