Microsoft Dismisses Oracles Attempt to Grab SQL Server Users

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-01-29 Print this article Print

A database pricing war broke out when Oracle announced at AppsWorld that 10g will be priced the same as SQL Server. Microsoft was unfazed by the news, with SQL Server Director of Product Management Tom

Oracle Corp.s recent declaration that 10g will cost the same as Microsoft Corp.s SQL Server isnt particularly impressive, given that for your money, you dont get reporting, business intelligence or plenty of other pricey Oracle add-ons, Microsoft Director of Product Management Tom Rizzo told "Its pretty much a P.R. stunt for them to get in the news for competing with SQL Server," said Rizzo, in Redmond, Wash. "Effectively, were winning a lot of accounts from Oracle. Its not just the licensing [thats winning us accounts], its the high cost of maintaining Oracle, supporting Oracle, and the overall high TCO [total cost of ownership] of Oracle."
During Oracles Financial Analyst Day at Oracle AppsWorld in San Diego, Oracle President Chuck Phillips on Wednesday announced that its time to "go on the offensive" against Microsoft. Phillips said that pricing for the Windows version of the Redwood Shores, Calif., database giants upcoming Oracle Database 10g will be set at "the same list price per processor as Microsoft."
Oracle as yet hasnt provided details regarding whether that price pertains to Standard, Enterprise or both editions. Next page: Paying through the nose for add-ons

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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