Oracle Keys on SMBs
Oracle Corp. has introduced a new license scheme that company officials said will give smaller IT organizations a lower-cost point of entry to its database software.Oracle Corp. has introduced a new license scheme that company officials said will give smaller IT organizations a lower-cost point of entry to its database software. Oracle Standard Edition One, available now, is essentially the Oracle9i DBMS limited so that it runs on only one processor. It is priced at $5,995 for an unlimited number of users or $195 per user for a minimum of five users. With the per-user pricing, a company could license the database for as little as about $1,000, said Jacqueline Woods, vice president of global licensing and pricing strategy at Oracle. Users will be able to upgrade to the 10g version of the Oracle database when it is available, which is slated for years end.
"This is not a scaled-down version of the Oracle Enterprise Edition or Standard Edition [databases]," Woods said. "You will have the same functionality; the limitation is that it [runs only on a] one-processor machine."