Database price war

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-03-15 Print this article Print

The fact that Oracle has declared a price war on Microsoft rather than on IBM, which has a much larger slice of the database pie, is no coincidence. Microsoft is the one to really watch out for. Click here to find out why SQL Server users arent impressed with Oracles price cuts. Take a look at what its doing in the land of enterprise-scale databases. A Winter Corp. study released in December showed that, between 2001 and 2003, Windows usage in the worlds largest, most heavily used databases grew from less than 20 percent to more than 40 percent in OLTP (online transaction processing).
Click here to read Microsofts dismissal of Oracles pricing maneuvers.
Of course, that means more to IBM than to Oracle, since it narrowed the gap between Windows and the Unix and IBM z/OS operating systems, which hold sway in that realm. But still, its yet another sign that Microsofts assault on the enterprise market is real and gaining momentum. Click here to read about Microsoft getting a bigger slice of the database pie. For Oracles sake, Oracle 10g didnt come a day too soon. With such a compelling technology vision, its hard to understand how pundits who chastise Oracle for chasing PeopleSoft can say that Oracle should redevote itself to developing compelling technology and leave the poor Pleasanton people alone. Youve got to give the devil his due: Oracle, unfortunately for the many PeopleSoft employees and users whose blood runs cold at the idea of being swallowed, can chew gum and walk at the same time. Oracle can both pump out a platform that (potentially) entails real cost savings, with 10gs promise of tying low-cost commodity component servers together into a compute-resource-frugal grid, while at the same time chasing PeopleSoft and the DOJ to the ends of the earth in its hostile takeover bid. Even though the grab for PeopleSoft seems doomed at this point, the ongoing battle hasnt slowed down Oracles innovation a bit—at least not in the database space. Next page: Why Oracles grid message drowns out IBMs

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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