Manageability War

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-04-06 Print this article Print

Gatchalian also raised the issue of ease of use and manageability—qualities for which SQL Server is noted. But in addition to waging a price war, Oracle is also waging a manageability war that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison pitched once again Tuesday, citing Oracle Database 10gs 15-minute install time—greatly reduced from previous versions six-hour installation times. "One of the things about 10g we focused on is making it not only easy to buy and install but also extremely easy to use," he said in a conference call with journalists and analysts.
"[Oracle Database] 10g is a much more automated application than anything before it," Ellison said. "We can help customers administer the system so they dont need a DBA [database administrator]. Its all about delivering a system thats not only inexpensive to buy but easy to use and has low total cost of ownership. Its that automation that helped us get to this market. Its a combination of our relationship with Dell and that technology that makes us now ready for this [SMB market]."
Gatchalian said Microsoft has no plans to counter Oracles move with similar bundling initiatives. Its too early to think about such things for the upcoming SQL Server 2005 update, code-named Yukon, he said, since that iteration is just now entering Beta 2 testing. Besides, Microsofts Small Business Server 2003, launched in October, already addresses everything the SMB market needs, he said. For $1,499, SBS 2003 ships with Windows Server 2003, Exchange, IIS, the Internet Security and Acceleration Server and SQL Server, which makes it a viable competitor to Oracles newly announced $4,995-per-processor offering, he said. "Take a look at the needs of this market," Gatchalian said. "These are the guys who want to play in the world market. They want to put their products out to the Web, have online transactions, which is key because of changes in SQL Server for SBS 2003. We provided unlimited, unauthenticated Web access to data stored on SQL Server. You dont have to buy the per-processor licenses. And remember, in the SMB market, theyre very careful about how they spend their dollars." Check out eWEEK.coms Database Center at for the latest database news, views and analysis.
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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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