Oracles Cost-Cutting Wont Snag SQL Server-ites

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-02-27 Print this article Print

Most enterprises that opt for either SQL Server or Oracle do it for reasons other than software costs, writes Database Center Editor Lisa Vaas.

Oracle declared a price war on Microsoft when it cut the price of its entry-level database to match that of SQL Server earlier this month. Since then, thereve been compelling reasons put forth by Microsoft (I know: how surprising—not!) and AMR Research to point out all the good reasons why SQL Server fans would rather fight than switch to Oracle Database 10g Standard Edition One. Click here to read about Oracles price cut.
The reasons run thus: First, in spite of the fact that Standard Edition is now priced at $4,995 per processor, just like the good old proletariat SQL Server, and in spite of the fact that you can now get double the amount of processors for that money, you still only get two processors, compared with SQL Servers max of four CPUs for its entry-level database.
Next reason: SMB businesses—those to whom this price-cutting maneuver is aimed—dont purchase databases. They purchase software solutions. Whoever sells them that software solution pretty much decides which database it will run on. Therefore, its really VARs, ISVs and resellers who call the shots when it comes time to choose whether theyre working with SQL Server or Oracle. There are undoubtedly plenty of VARs who love working with Oracle—Oracle claims there are loads and loads of them, at any rate—but the truth of the matter is that Microsoft is seen as being the king of the hill in this space. Oracle may be making aggressive steps into the midmarket, but many doubt that Oracle can play nice with resellers, ISVs and integrators in the space. Click here to read more. Next page: Giving away software helps. A lot.

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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