Comparison of uPortal and Oracle Portal Features
Note: This comparison was done using
Oracle Portal version 3.0.9 and uPortal
Feature Portal uPortal
Support for standards (Java, XML, etc.) Very Good Very Good
Expense High Low
Required developer expertise Very High High
Ability to customize Neutral Good
Usability Neutral Good
3rd party software integration Very Good Good
Single sign-on / directory integration Good Very Good
Scability Very Good Neutral
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Reliability Very Good Good
Feature Portal uPortal
Support Very Good Neutral
Amount of customization work for an
initial deployment Very Bad Bad
Redundancy, failover, load balancing Very Good Good
Mobile/Wireless support Neutral Very Good
Accessibility Neutral Good
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acle Portal Features
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Both have strong support
Oracle is very expensive compared to uPortal because uPortal is free and can work
with a free application server like Tomcat. Both require technical expertise.
While both require Java, HTML, XML and SQL knowledge, Oracle requires specific
knowledge about Oracle enterprise configurations and PL/SQL
uPortal is open source and easier to customize. Oracle Portal requires that many
customizations be written in PL/SQL which is a more limited development language
uPortal does not include web-based page design functionality. Oracle does, but it is
exceptionally difficult to use. Oracle's page layout customization system (specifically
the Portal Navigator) is exceptionally user un-friendly.
While both support integration of 3rd party software through Java development,
Oracle is establishing partnerships with many vendors to provide pre-built portlets.
uPortal is in early negotiations with higher ed vendors.
While both support LDAP integration, Oracle authorization may not work with NDS via
SSL. Many Oracle Portal developers have reported difficulties in getting LDAP auth
to work properly. uPortal's LDAP authentication is fairly straight forward
If Oracle Portal scales as well as the Oracle Database, Oracle is the hands-down
winner. Specifics of uPortal scability depend on the exact choice of application server
and database. Our pilot of uPortal has scaled to 170 users with little problem.
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If Oracle Portal is as reliable as the Oracle Database, Oracle is the hands-down
winner. Specifics of uPortal reliability depend upon the exact choice of application
server and database. Our test instance of uPortal has been very reliable.
There are many Oracle and 3rd party support options for Oracle Portal. uPortal is
open-source and as such the burden is on the developer/deployer. One consulting
firm close to uPortal development offers a support plan.
A great deal of customization is required for both products in order to develop a
KUMC specific deployment. However, the workload is considerably greater with
Redundancy and failover depend upon a 2nd license (which is expensive in the case
of Oracle), but Oracle has better integrated support for these enterprise features.
uPortal relies on application server, OS to provide fault-tolerance.
Oracle marketing material says they support this, but I can find no real evidence in
the system. Because uPortal is based upon XML and XSL translation, it can quickly
be customized for special browser support
If KUMC's portal requires ADA compliance, uPortal is a better choice. While neither
system allows frames (which break ADA compliance), the Oracle interface is harder
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